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Lexicon :: Strong's H6663 - ṣāḏaq

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TWOT Reference: 1879

Strong’s Definitions

צָדַק tsâdaq, tsaw-dak'; a primitive root; to be (causatively, make) right (in a moral or forensic sense):—cleanse, clear self, (be, do) just(-ice, -ify, -ify self), (be turn to) righteous(-ness).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 41x

The KJV translates Strong's H6663 in the following manner: justify (23x), righteous (10x), just (3x), justice (2x), cleansed (1x), clear ourselves (1x), righteousness (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 41x
The KJV translates Strong's H6663 in the following manner: justify (23x), righteous (10x), just (3x), justice (2x), cleansed (1x), clear ourselves (1x), righteousness (1x).
  1. to be just, be righteous

    1. (Qal)

      1. to have a just cause, be in the right

      2. to be justified

      3. to be just (of God)

      4. to be just, be righteous (in conduct and character)

    2. (Niphal) to be put or made right, be justified

    3. (Piel) justify, make to appear righteous, make someone righteous

    4. (Hiphil)

      1. to do or bring justice (in administering law)

      2. to declare righteous, justify

      3. to justify, vindicate the cause of, save

      4. to make righteous, turn to righteousness

    5. (Hithpael) to justify oneself

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
צָדַק tsâdaq, tsaw-dak'; a primitive root; to be (causatively, make) right (in a moral or forensic sense):—cleanse, clear self, (be, do) just(-ice, -ify, -ify self), (be turn to) righteous(-ness).
STRONGS H6663: Abbreviations
† [צָדֵק, צָדֹק] verb denominative be just, righteous; —
Qal Perfect 3rd person feminine singular צָֽדְקָה Genesis 38:26; 2nd person masculine singular צָדַקְתָּ Job 33:12; Job 35:7; etc.; Imperfect 3rd person masculine singular יִצְדַּק Job 9:2 +; יִצְדָּ֑ק Job 4:17; Job 11:2; 3rd person feminine plural תִּצְדַּקְנָה Ezekiel 16:52 (Greek Version of the LXX Co תְּצַדְּקִין, not Berthol Toy Krae), etc; —
1. have a just cause, be in the right, Job 9:15, 20; Job 13:18; Job 34:5; in complaint Job 33:12; with מִן person Genesis 38:26 (J; of Tamar).
2. be justified, in one's plea Job 11:2; with עִם (man with God) Job 9:2; Job 25:4; בי׳ Isaiah 45:25; by witnesses Isaiah 43:9; by acquittal Psalm 143:2; Isaiah 43:26; by condemnation of opponent Job 40:8.
3. be just: of God, in his government, in charging with sin Psalm 51:6; of מִשְׁמְּטֵייֿ׳ Psalm 19:10.
4. be just, righteous, in conduct and character: of men Job 10:15; Job 15:14; Job 22:3; Job 35:7, with מִן compare, Job 4:17 (more than God; Dr at God's hand, מִן 2d), Ezekiel 16:52 (< Greek Version of the LXX Co Pi.).
Niph. Perfect 3rd person masculine singular וְנִצְדַּק קֹדֶשׁ consecutive Daniel 8:14 the holy place shall be put right, in a right condition (MartiKau Buhl SS; Bev Dr MartiComm. be justified, its cause vindicated).
Pi. Perfect 3rd person feminine singular צִדְּקָה Jeremiah 3:11; Imperfect 2nd person feminine singular תְּצַדְּקִי Ezekiel 16:51; Infinitive construct suffix צַדְּקֶ֑ךָּ Job 33:32; צַדֶּקְתֵּךְ (Ges§ 52 p) Ezekiel 16:52; צַדְּקוֺ Job 32:2; — justify: עַל צַדְּקוֺ נַפְשׁוֺ מֵאֱלֹהִים Job 32:2 because he justified himself rather than God (compare Qal 1); make to appear righteous Jeremiah 3:11; Ezekiel 16:51, 52 (all with מִן compare); חָפַצְתִּי צַדְּקֶ֑ךָּ Job 33:32 I desire to justify thee (in thy plea, compare Qal 2).
Hiph. Perfect 1st person singular suffix הִצְדַּקְתִּיו 2 Samuel 15:4; 3rd person masculine plural הִצְדִּיקוּ Deuteronomy 25:1; Imperfect 3rd person masculine singular יַצְדִּיק Isaiah 53:11; 1st person singular אַצְדִּיק Exodus 23:7; Job 27:5; Infinitive construct הַצְדִּיק 1 Kings 8:32 2 Chronicles 6:23; Imperative masculine plural הַצְדִּיקוּ Psalm 82:3; Participle מַצְדִּיק Proverbs 17:15, etc.; —
1. do justice, in administering law 2 Samuel 15:4; Psalm 82:3.
2. declare righteous, justify, with accusative (ה)צַדִּיק Deuteronomy 25:1; 1 Kings 8:32 2 Chronicles 6:23; רָשָׁע Exodus 23:7 (E) Isaiah 5:23; Proverbs 17:15; Justify accusers, by recognizing charge as just Job 27:5.
3. justify, vindicate the cause of, save, with accusative, Isaiah 50:8 (of God), with לְ of object Isaiah 53:11 (of servant of י׳).
4. make righteous, turn to righteousness, Daniel 12:3, compare Aboth Daniel 5:26, 27 Bev.
Hithp. Imperfect1plural נִצְטַדָּ֑ק Genesis 44:16 (J) how shall we justify ourselves, clear ourselves from suspicion?

See related Aramaic BDB entry H6665.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


38:26; 38:26; 44:16


23:7; 23:7


25:1; 25:1

2 Samuel

15:4; 15:4

1 Kings

8:32; 8:32

2 Chronicles

6:23; 6:23


4:17; 4:17; 9:2; 9:2; 9:15; 9:20; 10:15; 11:2; 11:2; 13:18; 15:14; 22:3; 25:4; 27:5; 27:5; 32:2; 32:2; 33:12; 33:12; 33:32; 33:32; 34:5; 35:7; 35:7; 40:8


19:10; 51:6; 82:3; 82:3; 143:2


17:15; 17:15


5:23; 43:9; 43:26; 45:25; 50:8; 53:11; 53:11


3:11; 3:11


16:51; 16:51; 16:52; 16:52; 16:52; 16:52


5:26; 5:27; 8:14; 12:3

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H6663 matches the Hebrew צָדַק (ṣāḏaq),
which occurs 41 times in 40 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 38:26 - And Judah acknowledged them, and said, She is more righteous than I, forasmuch as I gave her not to Shelah my son. And he knew her again no more.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:16 - And Judah said, What shall we say unto my lord? what shall we speak? or how shall we clear ourselves? God hath found out the iniquity of thy servants: behold, we are my lord’s bondmen, both we, and he also in whose hand the cup is found.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 23:7 - Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 25:1 - If there be a controversy between men, and they come unto judgment, and the judges judge them; then they shall justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 15:4 - Absalom said moreover, Oh that I were made judge in the land, that every man who hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him justice!
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 8:32 - then hear thou in heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, condemning the wicked, to bring his way upon his own head, and justifying the righteous, to give him according to his righteousness.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 6:23 - then hear thou from heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, requiting the wicked, to bring his way upon his own head; and justifying the righteous, to give him according to his righteousness.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 4:17 -
Shall mortal man be more just than God?
Shall a man be more pure than his Maker?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:2 -
Of a truth I know that it is so:
But how can man be just with God?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:15 -
Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer;
I would make supplication to my judge.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:20 -
Though I be righteous, mine own mouth shall condemn me:
Though I be perfect, it shall prove me perverse.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 10:15 -
If I be wicked, woe unto me;
And if I be righteous, yet shall I not lift up my head;
Being filled with ignominy,
And looking upon mine affliction.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 11:2 -
Should not the multitude of words be answered?
And should a man full of talk be justified?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:18 -
Behold now, I have set my cause in order;
I know that I am righteous.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 15:14 -
What is man, that he should be clean?
And he that is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 22:3 -
Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous?
Or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 25:4 -
How then can man be just with God?
Or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 27:5 -
Far be it from me that I should justify you:
Till I die I will not put away mine integrity from me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:2 - Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:12 -
Behold, I will answer thee, in this thou art not just;
For God is greater than man.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:32 -
If thou hast anything to say, answer me:
Speak, for I desire to justify thee.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:5 -
For Job hath said, I am righteous,
And God hath taken away my right:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 35:7 -
If thou be righteous, what givest thou him?
Or what receiveth he of thy hand?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 40:8 -
Wilt thou even annul my judgment?
Wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be justified?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 19:9 -
The fear of Jehovah is clean, enduring for ever:
The ordinances of Jehovah are true, and righteous altogether.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:4 -
Against thee, thee only, have I sinned,
And done that which is evil in thy sight;
That thou mayest be justified when thou speakest,
And be clear when thou judgest.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 82:3 -
Judge the poor and fatherless:
Do justice to the afflicted and destitute.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 143:2 -
And enter not into judgment with thy servant;
For in thy sight no man living is righteous.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:15 -
He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the righteous,
Both of them alike are an abomination to Jehovah.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:23 - that justify the wicked for a bribe, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 43:9 - Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the peoples be assembled: who among them can declare this, and show us former things? let them bring their witnesses, that they may be justified; or let them hear, and say, It is truth.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 43:26 - Put me in remembrance; let us plead together: set thou forth thy cause, that thou mayest be justified.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 45:25 - In Jehovah shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 50:8 - He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand up together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 53:11 - He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by the knowledge of himself shall my righteous servant justify many; and he shall bear their iniquities.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 3:11 - And Jehovah said unto me, Backsliding Israel hath showed herself more righteous than treacherous Judah.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:51 - Neither hath Samaria committed half of thy sins; but thou hast multiplied thine abominations more than they, and hast justified thy sisters by all thine abominations which thou hast done.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:52 - Thou also, bear thou thine own shame, in that thou hast given judgment for thy sisters; through thy sins that thou hast committed more abominable than they, they are more righteous than thou: yea, be thou also confounded, and bear thy shame, in that thou hast justified thy sisters.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 8:14 - And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred evenings and mornings; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 12:3 - And they that are wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
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