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Lexicon :: Strong's H6960 - qāvâ

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Strong’s Definitions

קָוָה qâvâh, kaw-vaw'; a primitive root; to bind together (perhaps by twisting), i.e. collect; (figuratively) to expect:—gather (together), look, patiently, tarry, wait (for, on, upon).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 49x

The KJV translates Strong's H6960 in the following manner: wait (29x), look (13x), wait for (1x), look for (1x), gathered (1x), miscellaneous (4x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 49x
The KJV translates Strong's H6960 in the following manner: wait (29x), look (13x), wait for (1x), look for (1x), gathered (1x), miscellaneous (4x).
  1. to wait, look for, hope, expect

    1. (Qal) waiting (participle)

    2. (Piel)

      1. to wait or look eagerly for

      2. to lie in wait for

      3. to wait for, linger for

  2. to collect, bind together

    1. (Niphal) to be collected

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
קָוָה qâvâh, kaw-vaw'; a primitive root; to bind together (perhaps by twisting), i.e. collect; (figuratively) to expect:—gather (together), look, patiently, tarry, wait (for, on, upon).
STRONGS H6960: Abbreviations
† I. [קָוָה] verb wait for (probably originally twist, stretch, then of tension of enduring, waiting: Assyrian ḳu’û II, I. wait, ḳû, cord; Arabic bdb087506 be strong, bdb087507 strength, also strand of rope; Syriac bdb087508 endure, remain, await, bdb087509 threads, so Targum קַוִּין spider's threads, web); —
Qal Participle plural those waiting for (י׳): construct קוֵי י׳ Psalm 37:9; so Isaiah 40:31 van d. H., and Kt Baer Gi (Qr קוֺיֵי); suffix קִוָ֑י Isaiah 49:23, קֹוֶיךָ Psalm 25:3; Psalm 69:7; קִוָיו Lamentations 3:35 Qr (Kt קוו, i.e. קֹווֺ).
Pi. Perfect 3rd person feminine singular קִוְּתָה Psalm 130:5; 1st person singular קִוִּיתִי Genesis 49:18 + 5 times, קִוֵּיתִי Isaiah 5:4, וְק׳ consecutive Isaiah 8:17; suffix קִוִּיתִיךָ Psalm 25:21; 3rd person plural קִוּוּ Psalm 56:7 +, etc.; Imperfect יְקַוֶּה Micah 5:6; Job 7:2, jussive יְקַו Job 3:9, וַיְקַו Isaiah 5:2, 7, etc.; Imperative masculine singular קַוֵּה Hosea 12:7 +; Infinitive absolute קַוֺה Psalm 40:2, קַוֵּה Jeremiah 8:15; Jeremiah 14:19; —
1. wait, or look eagerly, for, with ל of thing Isaiah 5:7; Isaiah 59:9, 11; Jeremiah 8:15; Jeremiah 13:16; Jeremiah 14:19; Job 3:9; Job 6:19; לִישׁוּעָֽתְךָ Genesis 49:18; with accusative of thing Lamentations 2:16 (suffix), Job 7:2; Job 30:26; Psalm 39:8; object of thing omitted Isaiah 64:2; followed by infinitive Isaiah 5:2, 4; Psalm 69:21; absolute Job 17:13; with accusative י׳ Isaiah 26:8 (suffix), Psalm 25:5; Psalm 25:21 (suffix), Psalm 40:2 (+ infinitive absolute), Psalm 130:5, accusative omitted Psalm 130:5, accusative שִׁמְךָ Psalm 52:11 (but read probably אֲחַוֶּה, Hi Che Bae and others, see חוה); with ל of י׳ Isaiah 8:17; Isaiah 25:9 (twice in verse); Isaiah 33:2; Isaiah 60:9 (but read probably צִיִּים יִקָּווּ ships shall gather (II. קוה), so Du CheHpt Di-Kit Marti, compare Skinner (also Luzz Gei Oort), Jeremiah 14:22; Proverbs 20:22; with אֶלאֱֿלֹהִים Hosea 12:7, אֶליֿ׳ Isaiah 51:5; Psalm 27:14 (twice in verse); Psalm 37:34.
2. lie in wait for, followed by נַפְשִׁי Psalm 56:7; followed by ל person Psalm 119:95 (+ infinitive purpose).
3. wait (linger) for with ל of man Micah 5:6 (|| יְיַחֵל).

† II. [קָוָה] verb collect (Late Hebrew Hiph. collect); —
Niph. be collected, Perfect 3rd person plural וְנִקְווּ consecutive Jeremiah 3:17 (of nations); Imperfect 3rd person masculine plural יִקָּווּ Genesis 1:9 (P; of waters; both with אֶל location); so probably of ships (with ל person) Isaiah 60:9 (for MT יְקַוּוּ), see I. קזה Pi. 1. above.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


1:9; 49:18; 49:18


3:9; 3:9; 6:19; 7:2; 7:2; 17:13; 30:26


25:3; 25:5; 25:21; 25:21; 27:14; 37:9; 37:34; 39:8; 40:2; 40:2; 56:7; 56:7; 69:7; 69:21; 119:95; 130:5; 130:5; 130:5




5:2; 5:2; 5:4; 5:4; 5:7; 5:7; 8:17; 8:17; 25:9; 26:8; 33:2; 40:31; 49:23; 51:5; 59:9; 59:11; 60:9; 60:9; 64:2


3:17; 8:15; 8:15; 13:16; 14:19; 14:19; 14:22


2:16; 3:35


12:7; 12:7


5:6; 5:6

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H6960 matches the Hebrew קָוָה (qāvâ),
which occurs 49 times in 45 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 1:9 -

Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered H6960 into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:18 -

“For Your salvation I hope H6960, O Yahweh.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:9 -

“Let the stars of its twilight be darkened;

Let it hope H6960 for light but have none,

And let it not see the [fn]breaking dawn,

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:19 -

“The caravans of Tema looked;

The travelers of Sheba hoped H6960 for them.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:2 -

“As a slave who pants for the shade,

And as a hired man who eagerly H6960 hopes H6960 for his wages,

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 17:13 -

“If I hope H6960 for Sheol as my home,

I [fn]make my bed in the darkness;

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:26 -

“When I hoped H6960 for good, then evil came;

When I waited for light, then thick darkness came.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 25:3 -


Indeed, let none who hope H6960 in You be ashamed;

Let those who deal treacherously without cause be ashamed.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 25:5 -

He/ Vav

Lead me in Your truth and teach me,

For You are the God of my salvation;

In You I hope H6960 all the day.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 25:21 -


Let integrity and uprightness guard me,

For I hope H6960 in You.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 27:14 -

Hope H6960 in Yahweh;

Be strong and let your heart take courage;

Hope H6960 in Yahweh.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:9 -

For evildoers will be cut off,

But those who hope H6960 for Yahweh, they will inherit the land.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:34 -


Hope H6960 for Yahweh and keep His way,

And He will exalt you to inherit the land;

When the wicked are cut off, you will see it.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 39:7 -

“And now, Lord, what do I hope H6960 in?

My expectation is in You.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:1 -

For the choir director. Of David. A Psalm.

I hoped H6960 [fn]earnestly H6960 for Yahweh;

And He inclined to me and heard my cry for help.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 52:9 -

I will give You thanks forever, because You have done it,

And I will hope H6960 on Your name, for it is good, in the presence of Your holy ones.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 56:6 -

They [fn]attack, they lurk,

They watch my heels,

As they have hoped H6960 to take my [fn]life.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:6 -

May those who hope H6960 for You not be ashamed through me, O Lord Yahweh of hosts;

May those who seek You not be dishonored through me, O God of Israel,

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:20 -

Reproach has broken my heart and I am so sick.

And I hoped H6960 for sympathy, but there was none,

And for comforters, but I found none.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 119:95 -

The wicked hope H6960 for me—to destroy me;

I shall perceive Your testimonies.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 130:5 -

I hope H6960 for Yahweh, my soul does hope H6960,

And for His word do I wait.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:22 -

Do not say, “I will repay evil”;

Hope H6960 in Yahweh, and He will save you.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:2 -

He dug it all around, removed its stones,

And planted it with [fn]the choicest vine.

And He built a tower in the middle of it

And also hewed out a [fn]wine vat in it;

Then He hoped H6960 for it to produce good grapes,

But it produced only [fn]worthless ones.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:4 -

“What more was there to do for My vineyard [fn]that I have not done in it?

Why, when I hoped H6960 for it to produce good grapes did it produce [fn]worthless ones?

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:7 -

For the vineyard of Yahweh of hosts is the house of Israel

And the men of Judah His delightful plant.

Thus He hoped H6960 for justice, but behold, bloodshed;

For righteousness, but behold, a cry of distress.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 8:17 - And I will wait for Yahweh who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob; and I will hope H6960 for Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 25:9 -

And it will be said in that day,

“Behold, this is our God in whom we have hoped H6960 that He would save us.

This is Yahweh in whom we have hoped H6960;

Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.”

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 26:8 -

Indeed, while following the way of Your judgments, O Yahweh,

We have hoped H6960 for You eagerly H6960;

Your name—the memory of You—is the desire of our souls.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 33:2 -

O Yahweh, be gracious to us; we have hoped H6960 in You.

Be [fn]their [fn]strength every morning,

Our salvation also in the time of distress.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 40:31 -

Yet those who hope H6960 in Yahweh

Will gain new power;

They will [fn]mount up with [fn]wings like eagles;

They will run and not get tired;

They will walk and not become weary.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 49:23 -

“Kings will be your guardians,

And their princesses your nurses.

They will bow down to you with their [fn]faces to the earth

And lick the dust of your feet;

And you will know that I am Yahweh;

Those who hope H6960 in Me will not be put to shame.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 51:5 -

“My righteousness is near, My salvation has gone forth,

And My arms will judge the peoples;

The coastlands will hope H6960 in Me,

And for My arm they will wait expectantly.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 59:9 -

Therefore justice is far from us,

And righteousness does not overtake us;

We hope H6960 for light, but behold, darkness,

For brightness, but we walk in thick darkness.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 59:11 -

All of us growl like bears,

And moan sadly like doves;

We hope H6960 for justice, but there is none,

For salvation, but it is far from us.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 60:9 -

“Surely the coastlands will hope H6960 in Me;

And the ships of Tarshish will come first,

To bring your sons from afar,

Their silver and their gold with them,

For the name of Yahweh your God,

And for the Holy One of Israel because He has [fn]adorned you with beautiful glory.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 64:3 -

When You did awesome things for which we did not hope H6960,

You came down; the mountains quaked at Your presence.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 3:17 - “At that time they will call Jerusalem ‘The Throne of Yahweh,’ and all the nations will be gathered H6960 to it, to Jerusalem, for the name of Yahweh; nor will they walk anymore after the stubbornness of their evil heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 8:15 -

We waited H6960 for peace, but there was no good;

For a time of healing, but behold, terror!

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:16 -

Give glory to Yahweh your God,

Before He brings darkness

And before your feet [fn]stumble

On the dusky mountains;

And while you are hoping H6960 for light,

He makes it into the shadow of death

And turns it into dense gloom.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 14:19 -

Have You completely rejected Judah?

Or [fn]have You loathed Zion?

Why have You stricken us so that there is no healing for us?

We hoped H6960 for peace, but there was no good;

And for a time of healing, but behold, terror!

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 14:22 -

Are there any among the [fn]idols of the nations who give rain?

Or can the heavens give showers?

Is it not You, O Yahweh our God?

Therefore we [fn]hope H6960 in You,

For You are the one who has done all these things.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 2:16 -


All your enemies

Have opened their mouths wide against you;

They hiss and gnash their teeth.

They say, “We have swallowed her up!

Surely this is the day for which we have hoped H6960;

We have found it, we have seen it.”

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:25 -


Yahweh is good to those who hope H6960 in Him,

To the soul who seeks Him.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:6 -

Therefore, return to your God,

Keep lovingkindness and justice,

And hope H6960 in your God continually.

Unchecked Copy BoxMic 5:7 -

Then the remnant of Jacob

Will be among many peoples

Like dew from Yahweh,

Like showers on vegetation

Which do not hope H6960 for man

Or wait for the sons of men.

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