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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 recognized them, and said, “She is H6663 more righteous H6663 than I, since I did not give her to my son Shelah.” And he did not [fn]have relations with her again.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:16 - So Judah said, “What can we say to my lord? What words can we speak? And how can we justify H6663 ourselves? God has found out the guilt of your servants; behold, we are my lord’s slaves, both we and the one in whose [fn]possession the cup has been found.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 23:7 - “Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent or the righteous, for I will not acquit H6663 the guilty.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 25:1 -

“If there is a dispute between people and they go to [fn]court, and [fn]the judges decide their case, and they declare H6663 the righteous innocent H6663 and pronounce the wicked guilty,

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 15:4 - Moreover, Absalom would say, “Oh that someone would appoint me judge in the land, then every man who has a lawsuit or claim could come to me, and I would give H6663 him justice H6663!”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 8:32 - then hear in heaven and act and judge Your servants, condemning the wicked by [fn]bringing his way on his own head, and acquitting H6663 the righteous by giving him according to his righteousness.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 6:23 - then hear from heaven and take action and judge Your servants, [fn]punishing the wicked by bringing his way on his own head, and justifying H6663 the righteous by [fn]repaying him according to his righteousness.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 4:17 -

‘Can mankind be H6663 righteous H6663 [fn]before God?

Can a man be pure [fn]before his Maker?

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:2 -

“In truth I know that this is so;

But how can a person be H6663 in H6663 the H6663 right H6663 with God?

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:15 -

“For though I were H6663 right H6663, I could not [fn]answer;

I would have to implore the mercy of my Judge.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:20 -

“Though I am H6663 righteous H6663, my mouth will condemn me;

Though I am guiltless, He will declare me guilty.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 10:15 -

‘If I am wicked, woe to me!

But if I am H6663 righteous H6663, I dare not lift up my head.

I am full of shame, and [fn]conscious of my misery.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 11:2 -

“Shall a multitude of words go unanswered,

And a talkative man be acquitted H6663?

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:18 -

“Behold now, I have prepared my case;

I know that I will be vindicated H6663.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 15:14 -

“What is man, that he would be pure,

Or he who is born of a woman, that he would be H6663 righteous H6663?

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 22:3 -

“Is it any pleasure to [fn]the Almighty if you are H6663 righteous H6663,

Or gain if you make your ways blameless?

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 25:4 -

“How then can mankind be H6663 righteous H6663 with God?

Or how can anyone who is born of woman be pure?

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 27:5 -

“Far be it from me that I should declare H6663 you right H6663;

Until I die, I will not [fn]give up my integrity.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:2 - But the anger of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, burned against Job; his anger burned because he justified H6663 himself [fn]before God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:12 -

“Behold, let me respond to you, you are H6663 not right H6663 in this,

For God is greater than mankind.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:32 -

Then if [fn]you have anything to say, answer me;

Speak, for I would take pleasure in justifying H6663 you.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:5 -

“For Job has said, ‘I am H6663 righteous H6663,

But God has taken away my right;

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 35:7 -

“If you are H6663 righteous H6663, what do you give to Him,

Or what does He receive from your hand?

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 40:8 -

“Will you really nullify My judgment?

Will you condemn Me so that you may be justified H6663?

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 19:9 -

The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;

The judgments of the LORD are true; they are H6663 righteous H6663 altogether.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:4 -

Against You, You only, I have sinned

And done what is evil in Your sight,

So that You [fn]are justified H6663 [fn]when You speak

And [fn]blameless when You judge.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 82:3 -

Vindicate the weak and fatherless;

Do H6663 justice H6663 to the afflicted and destitute.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 143:2 -

And do not enter into judgment with Your servant,

For no person living is H6663 righteous H6663 in Your sight.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:15 -

One who justifies H6663 the wicked and one who condemns the righteous,

Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:23 -

Who declare H6663 the wicked innocent H6663 for a bribe,

And take away the [fn]rights of the ones who are in the right!

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 43:9 -

All the nations have gathered together

So that the peoples may be assembled.

Who among them can declare this

And proclaim to us the former things?

Let them present their witnesses so that they may be justified H6663,

Or let them hear and say, “It is true.”

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 43:26 -

[fn]Meet Me in court, let’s argue our case together;

State your cause, so that you may be proved H6663 right H6663.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 45:25 -

“In the LORD all the offspring of Israel

Will be justified H6663 and will boast.”

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 50:8 -

He who vindicates H6663 Me is near;

Who will contend with Me?

Let us stand up to each other.

Who has a case against Me?

Let him approach Me.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 53:11 -

As a result of the [fn]anguish of His soul,

He will [fn]see it and be satisfied;

By His knowledge the Righteous One,

My Servant, will justify H6663 the many,

For He will bear their wrongdoings.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 3:11 -

And the LORD said to me, “Faithless Israel has proved H6663 herself to H6663 be H6663 more righteous H6663 than treacherous Judah.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:51 - “Furthermore, Samaria did not commit half of your sins, for you have multiplied your abominations more than they. So you have made H6663 your sisters appear H6663 innocent H6663 by all your abominations which you have committed.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:52 - “Also, bear your disgrace in that you have [fn]made judgment favorable for your sisters. Because of your sins in which you acted more abominably than they, they are H6663 more in H6663 the H6663 right H6663 than you. Yes, be also ashamed and bear your disgrace, in that you made H6663 your sisters appear H6663 innocent H6663.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 8:14 - And he said to me, “For 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary will be [fn]properly H6663 restored H6663.”
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 12:3 - “And [fn]those who have insight will shine like the glow of the [fn]expanse of heaven, and those who [fn]lead H6663 the many to H6663 righteousness H6663, like the stars forever and ever.
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