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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 wait H6960, LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:9 -

“May the stars of its twilight be darkened;

May it wait H6960 for light but have none,

And may 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 pants for the shade,

And as a hired worker who eagerly H6960 waits H6960 for his wages,

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 17:13 -

“If I hope H6960 for [fn]Sheol as my home,

I [fn]make my bed in the darkness;

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:26 -

“When I expected H6960 good, evil came;

When I waited for light, darkness came.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 25:3 -

Indeed, none of those who wait H6960 for You will be ashamed;

[fn]Those who deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 25:5 -

Lead me in Your truth and teach me,

For You are the God of my salvation;

For You I wait H6960 all the day.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 25:21 -

Let integrity and uprightness protect me,

For I wait H6960 for You.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 27:14 -

Wait H6960 for the LORD;

Be strong and let your heart take courage;

Yes, wait H6960 for the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:9 -

For evildoers will be eliminated,

But those who wait H6960 for the LORD, they will inherit the land.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:34 -

Wait H6960 for the LORD and keep His way,

And He will exalt you to inherit the land;

When the wicked are eliminated, you will see it.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 39:7 -

“And now, Lord, for what do I wait H6960?

My hope is in You.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:1 -

For the music director. A Psalm of David.

I waited H6960 [fn]patiently H6960 for the LORD;

And He reached down to me and heard my cry.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 52:9 -

I will praise You forever, because You have done it,

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

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 56:6 -

They [fn]attack, they lurk,

They watch my [fn]steps,

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

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:6 -

May those who wait H6960 for You not be ashamed because of me, Lord [fn]GOD of armies;

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

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:20 -

Disgrace has broken my heart, and I am so sick.

And I waited H6960 for sympathy, but there was none;

And for comforters, but I found none.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 119:95 -

The wicked wait H6960 for me to destroy me;

I will diligently consider Your testimonies.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 130:5 -

I wait H6960 for the LORD, my soul waits H6960,

And I [fn]wait for His word.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:22 -

Do not say, “I will repay evil”;

Wait H6960 for the LORD, and He will save you.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:2 -

He dug it all around, cleared it of stones,

And planted it with [fn]the choicest vine.

And He built a tower in the middle of it,

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

Then He expected H6960 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 expected H6960 it to produce good grapes did it produce [fn]worthless ones?

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:7 -

For the vineyard of the LORD of armies is the house of Israel,

And the people of Judah are His delightful plant.

So He waited H6960 for justice, but behold, there was bloodshed;

For righteousness, but behold, a cry for help.

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

And it will be said on that day,

“Behold, this is our God for whom we have waited H6960 [fn]that He might save us.

This is the LORD for whom we have waited H6960;

Let’s rejoice and be glad in His salvation.”

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 26:8 -

Indeed, while following the way of Your judgments, LORD,

We have waited H6960 for You eagerly H6960;

Your name, and remembering You, is the desire of our souls.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 33:2 -

LORD, be gracious to us; we have waited H6960 for You.

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

Our salvation also in the time of distress.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 40:31 -

Yet those who [fn]wait H6960 for the LORD

Will gain new strength;

They will [fn]mount up with 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 faces to the ground

And lick the dust from your feet;

And you will know that I am the LORD;

Those who hopefully H6960 wait H6960 for 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 wait H6960 for Me,

And they will wait expectantly for My arm.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 59:9 -

Therefore justice is far from us,

And righteousness does not reach us;

We hope H6960 for light, but there is darkness,

For brightness, but we walk in gloom.

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 -

“Certainly the coastlands will wait H6960 for 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 the LORD your God,

And for the Holy One of Israel because He has glorified you.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 64:3 -

When You did awesome things which we did not expect 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 the LORD,’ and all the nations will assemble H6960 at it, at Jerusalem, for the name of the LORD; and they will no longer follow the stubbornness of their evil heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 8:15 -

We waited H6960 for peace, but no good came;

For a time of healing, but behold, terror!

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:16 -

Give glory to the LORD your God

Before He brings darkness

And before your feet stumble

On the mountains in the dark,

And while you are hoping H6960 for light

He makes it into gloom,

And turns it into thick darkness.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 14:19 -

Have You completely rejected Judah?

Or have [fn]You loathed Zion?

Why have You stricken us so that we are beyond healing?

We waited H6960 for peace, but nothing good came;

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 grant showers?

Is it not You, LORD our God?

Therefore we wait H6960 for 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 [fn]hiss and gnash their teeth.

They say, “We have engulfed her!

This certainly is the day which we awaited H6960;

We have reached it, we have seen it!

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:25 -

The LORD is good to those who [fn]await H6960 Him,

To the [fn]person who seeks Him.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:6 -

So as for you, return to your God,

Maintain [fn]kindness and justice,

And wait H6960 for your God continually.

Unchecked Copy BoxMic 5:7 -

Then the remnant of Jacob

Will be among many peoples

Like dew from the LORD,

Like showers on vegetation

That do not wait H6960 for man,

Or delay for [fn]mankind.

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