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Lexicon :: Strong's H6887 - ṣārar

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A primitive root
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TWOT Reference: 1973,1974

Strong’s Definitions

צָרַר tsârar, tsaw-rar'; a primitive root; to cramp, literally or figuratively, transitive or intransitive:—adversary, (be in) afflict(-ion), beseige, bind (up), (be in, bring) distress, enemy, narrower, oppress, pangs, shut up, be in a strait (trouble), vex.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 58x

The KJV translates Strong's H6887 in the following manner: enemy (14x), distress (7x), bind up (6x), vex (6x), afflict (4x), besiege (4x), adversary (3x), strait (3x), trouble (2x), bound (2x), pangs (2x), miscellaneous (5x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 58x
The KJV translates Strong's H6887 in the following manner: enemy (14x), distress (7x), bind up (6x), vex (6x), afflict (4x), besiege (4x), adversary (3x), strait (3x), trouble (2x), bound (2x), pangs (2x), miscellaneous (5x).
  1. to bind, be narrow, be in distress, make narrow, cause distress, besiege, be straitened, be bound

    1. (Qal)

      1. to bind, tie up, shut up

      2. to be scant, be cramped, be in straits

    2. (Pual) to be bound, be tied up

    3. (Hiphil)

      1. to make narrow for, cause distress to, press hard upon

      2. to suffer distress

  2. to show hostility toward, vex

    1. (Qal)

      1. to show hostility toward, treat with enmity, vex, harass

      2. vexer, harasser (participle)

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
צָרַר tsârar, tsaw-rar'; a primitive root; to cramp, literally or figuratively, transitive or intransitive:—adversary, (be in) afflict(-ion), beseige, bind (up), (be in, bring) distress, enemy, narrower, oppress, pangs, shut up, be in a strait (trouble), vex.
STRONGS H6887: Abbreviations
† [צָרַר] verb denominative
Hiph. suffer distress (specifically of travail, compare Jeremiah 4:31; Jeremiah 49:24); — Participle לֵב אִשָּׁה מְצֵרָה (in simile) Jeremiah 48:41; Jeremiah 49:22.

† II. צָרַר verb shew hostility toward, vex (Late Hebrew צַר foe; Arabic bdb086501 harm, damage, Sabean צֿר war, foe MordtmHim. Inschr. 60. 71 SabDenkm24 CISiv. 174, 1. 6 HomChrest. 125; Ethiopic bdb086502 be hostile, in derived species and derivatives; Assyrian ṣarâru, be hostile, ṣarru, foe; Arabic bdb086503, Assyrian ṣirritu, Syriac bdb086504, all = rival-wife, so (? Hebrew influence) Targum צָרָא 1 Samuel 1:6; see especially LagDeceased Wife's Sister, GGN. 1882, No. 13; = Mi. 125 ff. Dr1 Samuel 1:6); —
Qal Perfect 3rd person plural וְצָֽרֲרוּ Numbers 33:55 consecutive, suffix צְרָרוּנִי Psalm 129:1; Psalm 129:2; Imperfect 3rd person masculine singular יָצֹר Isaiah 11:13; Infinitive absolute צָרוֺר Numbers 25:17; Participle active צֹרֵר Numbers 10:9, plural suffix צֹרֲרי Psalm 31:12 +, etc.; — shew hostility toward, treat with enmity, vex, harass, with accusative of person Isaiah 11:13; Numbers 10:9; Numbers 25:17; once with ל person Numbers 25:18; also participle as substantive (construct or with suffix) vexer, harasser, Amos 5:12; Isaiah 11:13; Exodus 23:22 (E), Psalm 6:8; Psalm 7:5; Psalm 7:7; Psalm 8:3; Psalm 10:5; Psalm 23:5; Psalm 31:12; Psalm 42:11; Psalm 69:20; Psalm 74:4; Psalm 74:23; Psalm 143:12; Esther 3:10; Esther 8:1; Esther 9:10, 24. — Leviticus 18:18 see [צָרַר] below.

[צָרַר] verb denominative make a rival-wife; —
Qal Infinitive construct לִצְרֹר Leviticus 18:18 to make [her] a rival-wife (LagGGN, 1882, 406 Dr-WhLv Baenl. v).
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs




18:18; 18:18


10:9; 10:9; 25:17; 25:17; 25:18; 33:55

1 Samuel

1:6; 1:6


3:10; 8:1; 9:10; 9:24


6:8; 7:5; 7:7; 8:3; 10:5; 23:5; 31:12; 31:12; 42:11; 69:20; 74:4; 74:23; 129:1; 129:2; 143:12


11:13; 11:13; 11:13


4:31; 48:41; 49:22; 49:24



Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H6887 matches the Hebrew צָרַר (ṣārar),
which occurs 53 times in 52 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 2 (Exo 12:34–Hos 13:12)

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:34 - So the people took their dough before it was leavened, with their kneading bowls bound H6887 up H6887 in the clothes on their shoulders.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 23:22 - “But if you truly obey his voice and do all that I say, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries H6887.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:18 - ‘And you shall not [fn]marry a woman in addition to her sister [fn]as a second H6887 wife H6887 while she is alive, to uncover her nakedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:9 - “And when you go to war in your land against the enemy who attacks H6887 you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, so that you will be thought of by the LORD your God, and be saved from your enemies.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 25:17 - “Be hostile H6887 to the Midianites and attack them;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 25:18 - for they have been H6887 hostile H6887 to you with their tricks, with which they have deceived you in the matter of Peor and in the matter of Cozbi, the daughter of the leader of Midian, their sister who was killed on the day of the plague because of Peor.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 33:55 - ‘But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from you, then it will come about that those whom you let remain of them will be like thorns in your eyes and like pricks in your sides, and they will trouble H6887 you in the land in which you live.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:25 - then you shall [fn]exchange it for money, and bind the money in your hand and go to the place which the LORD your God chooses.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 28:52 - “And it will besiege H6887 you in all your [fn]towns until your high and fortified walls in which you trusted come down throughout your land, and it will besiege H6887 you in all your [fn]towns throughout your land which the LORD your God has given you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 9:4 - but they on their part acted craftily and went and took provisions for a journey, and took worn-out sacks on their donkeys, and wineskins that were worn out, split open, and patched H6887,
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:29 - “Should anyone rise up to pursue you and to seek your [fn]life, then the [fn]life of my lord shall be bound H6887 in the bundle of the living with the LORD your God; but the [fn]lives of your enemies He will sling out [fn]as from the hollow of a sling.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 28:15 - And Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?” Saul replied, “I am H6887 very distressed H6887, for the Philistines are waging war against me, and God has abandoned me and no longer answers me, either through prophets or in dreams; therefore I have called you, so that you may let me know what I should do.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 1:26 - “I am H6887 distressed H6887 for you, my brother Jonathan;
You have been [fn]a close friend to me.
Your love for me was more wonderful
Than the love of women.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 20:3 - Then David came to his house in Jerusalem, and the king took the ten women, the concubines whom he had left behind to take care of the house, and put them in custody and provided them with food, but did not [fn]have relations with them. So they were locked H6887 up H6887 until the day of their death, living as widows.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 8:37 - “If there is a famine in the land, if there is a plague, if there is [fn]blight or mildew, locust or grasshopper, if their enemy harasses H6887 them in the land of their [fn]cities, whatever plague, whatever sickness there is,
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 5:23 - Naaman said, “Be sure to take two talents.” And he urged him, and tied up two talents of silver in two bags with two changes of clothes, and gave them to two of his servants; and they carried them before him.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 28:22 - Now during the time of his distress H6887, this same King Ahaz became even more unfaithful to the LORD.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 33:12 - When he was in distress H6887, he appeased the LORD his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers.
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 3:10 - Then the king took his signet ring from his hand and gave it to Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy H6887 of the Jews.
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 8:1 - On that day King Ahasuerus gave the house of Haman, the enemy H6887 of the Jews, to Queen Esther; and Mordecai came before the king, because Esther had disclosed what he was to her.
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 9:10 - the ten sons of Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Jews’ enemy H6887; but they did not lay their hands on the plunder.
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 9:24 - For Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the adversary H6887 of all the Jews, had schemed against the Jews to eliminate them, and had cast Pur, that is the lot, to disturb them and eliminate them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 26:8 - “He wraps H6887 up H6887 the waters in His clouds,
And the cloud does not burst under them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 6:7 - My eye has wasted away with grief;
It has grown old because of all my enemies H6887.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 7:4 - If I have done evil to [fn]my friend,
Or have plundered [fn]my enemy H6887 for no reason,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 7:6 - Arise, LORD, in Your anger;
Raise Yourself against the rage of my enemies H6887,
And stir Yourself [fn]for me; You have ordered judgment.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 8:2 - From the mouths of infants and nursing babies You have established [fn]strength
Because of Your enemies H6887,
To do away with the enemy and the revengeful.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 10:5 - His ways succeed at all times;
Yet Your judgments are on high, out of his sight;
As for all his enemies H6887, he snorts at them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 23:5 - You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies H6887;
You [fn]have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:9 - Be gracious to me, LORD, for I am H6887 in H6887 distress H6887;
My eye is wasted away from grief, my soul and my body too.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:11 - Because of all my adversaries H6887, I have become a disgrace,
Especially to my neighbors,
And an object of dread to my acquaintances;
Those who see me in the street flee from me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 42:10 - As a shattering of my bones, my adversaries H6887 taunt me,
While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:17 - And do not hide Your face from Your servant,
For I am H6887 in H6887 distress H6887; answer me quickly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:19 - You know my disgrace, my shame, and my dishonor;
All my enemies H6887 are [fn]known to You.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 74:4 - Your adversaries H6887 have roared in the midst of Your meeting place;
They have set up their own signs as signs.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 74:23 - Do not forget the voice of Your adversaries H6887,
The uproar of those who rise against You, which ascends continually.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 129:1 - A Song of Ascents.
[fn]Many times they have attacked H6887 me from my youth up,”
Let Israel say,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 129:2 - [fn]Many times they have attacked H6887 me from my youth up;
Yet they have not prevailed against me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 143:12 - And in Your faithfulness, [fn]destroy my enemies,
And eliminate all those who attack H6887 my soul,
For I am Your servant.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:8 - Like [fn]one who binds H6887 a stone in a sling,
So is one who gives honor to a fool.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:4 - Who has ascended into heaven and descended?
Who has gathered the wind in His fists?
Who has wrapped H6887 the waters in [fn]His garment?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is His name or His [fn]Son’s name?
Surely you know!
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 8:16 - Bind H6887 up H6887 the testimony, seal the [fn]Law among my disciples.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 11:13 - Then the jealousy of Ephraim will depart,
And those who harass H6887 Judah will be eliminated;
Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah,
And Judah will not harass H6887 Ephraim.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:20 - The bed is too short on which to stretch out,
And the blanket is H6887 too H6887 [fn]small H6887 to wrap oneself in.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 10:18 - For this is what the LORD says:
“Behold, I am slinging out the inhabitants of the land
At this time,
And I will cause H6887 them distress H6887,
So that they may [fn]be found.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:41 - “Kerioth has been captured
And the strongholds have been seized,
So the hearts of the warriors of Moab on that day
Will be like the heart of a woman in labor H6887.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 49:22 - Behold, [fn]He will mount up and swoop like an eagle, and spread out His wings [fn]against Bozrah; and the hearts of the warriors of Edom on that day will be like the heart of a woman in labor H6887.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 1:20 - “See, LORD, for I am H6887 in H6887 distress H6887;
My [fn]spirit is greatly troubled;
My heart is overturned within me,
For I have been very rebellious.
In the street the sword has made women childless;
In the house it is like death.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:19 - The wind wraps H6887 them in its wings,
And they will be [fn]put to shame because of their sacrifices.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:12 - The guilt of Ephraim is wrapped H6887 up H6887;
His sin is stored up.

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