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Lexicon :: Strong's H6996 - qāṭān

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Strong’s Definitions

קָטָן qâṭân, kaw-tawn'; or קָטֹן qâṭôn; from H6962; abbreviated, i.e. diminutive, literally (in quantity, size or number) or figuratively (in age or importance):—least, less(-er), little (one), small(-est, one, quantity, thing), young(-er, -est).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 101x

The KJV translates Strong's H6996 in the following manner: small (33x), little (19x), youngest (15x), younger (14x), least (10x), less (3x), lesser (2x), little one (2x), smallest (1x), small things (1x), young (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 101x
The KJV translates Strong's H6996 in the following manner: small (33x), little (19x), youngest (15x), younger (14x), least (10x), less (3x), lesser (2x), little one (2x), smallest (1x), small things (1x), young (1x).
  1. young, small, insignificant, unimportant

    1. small

    2. insignificant

    3. young

    4. unimportant

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
קָטָן qâṭân, kaw-tawn'; or קָטֹן qâṭôn; from H6962; abbreviated, i.e. diminutive, literally (in quantity, size or number) or figuratively (in age or importance):—least, less(-er), little (one), small(-est, one, quantity, thing), young(-er, -est).
STRONGS H6996: Abbreviations
† I. קָטָן adjective small, young, unimportant; — absolute ק׳ Genesis 9:24 +; suffix קְטַנָּם (Köii. l, 74) Jeremiah 6:13 +; feminine singular קְטַנָּה Genesis 29:16 +; masculine plural קְטַנִּים 2 Kings 18:24 +; construct קְטַנֵּי 1 Samuel 9:21 (see Dr; We conjectures נִּי-, old construct, cf, HPS), Proverbs 30:24; feminine plural קְטַנּוֺת Ezekiel 16:61 +; —
1. small; especially
a. of children, youth = young, Genesis 44:20 (J) 2 Samuel 9:12; 1 Kings 11:17; 2 Kings 2:23; 2 Kings 5:2, of sister Songs 8:8; = younger, of two children (often opposed to גדול), Genesis 9:24; Genesis 27:15, 42 (all J), Genesis 29:16, 18 (E), 1 Samuel 14:49 (feminine; opposed to הַבְּכִירָה); of younger sister Judges 15:2, so (figurative) Ezekiel 16:46 and (+ מִן compare) Ezekiel 16:61; brother 1 Chronicles 24:31; הַקּ׳ youngest son (of several) 1 Samuel 16:11; 1 Samuel 17:14; גָּדוֺל = young and old (see קָטֹן 1) Jeremiah 16:6 compare 2 Chronicles 31:15; 34:30.
b. of things : utterance Numbers 22:18 (E), weight Deuteronomy 25:13, 14, vessels 2 Chronicles 36:18, animals Psalm 104:25 (all opposed to גדול); compare also 2 Samuel 12:3; 1 Kings 2:20; 1 Kings 17:13; 1 Kings 18:44; 2 Kings 4:10; Ezekiel 43:14 (opposed to גדול), Proverbs 30:24; Songs 2:15, + probably Ezekiel 46:22 (see II. [קָטַר]); כְּלֵי הַקָּטָן Isaiah 22:24 the vessels of small size (figurative).
2. small;
a. with added idea of weakness, person 2 Kings 18:24 = Isaiah 36:9, city Ecclesiastes 9:14.
b. = insignificant,
(1) tribe 1 Samuel 9:21;
(2) person (+גדול; = all persons) Jeremiah 6:13; Jeremiah 31:34; Jonah 3:5; Psalm 115:13; Esther 1:5, 20, cf. 1 Chronicles 12:14 (van d. H. 1 Chronicles 12:13);
(3) in general, יוֺם קְטַנּוֺת Zechariah 4:10 day of small things. — See also קָטֹן.

קָטֹן 54 adjective small, insignificant; — absolute ק׳ 1 Samuel 2:19 +; construct קְטֹן 2 Chronicles 21:17; — feminine, plural and suffix supplied by קָטָן; —
1. small: especially
a. of youth = young, נַעַר קּ׳ 1 Samuel 20:35; 1 Kings 3:7; 2 Kings 5:14; Isaiah 11:6; = younger of two brothers, Genesis 48:19 (E) Judges 1:13; Judges 3:9 (+ מִן compare); הַקּ׳ youngest brother Genesis 42:13 + 10 times Genesis (JE), son Judges 9:5; 2 Chronicles 22:1, so קְטֹן בָּנָיו 2 Chronicles 21:17; + גדול = young and old (see קָטָן 1), i.e. everybody Genesis 19:11 (J), 1 Samuel 5:9; 1 Samuel 30:21 Samuel 30:19.
b. of things 1 Samuel 2:19; 1 Kings 8:64 (+ מִן compare), Amos 6:11; Isaiah 54:7; opposed to גָּדוֺל 1 Samuel 22:15; 1 Samuel 25:36; Genesis 1:16 (P).
2. = unimportant, things, Exodus 18:22, 26 (E), 1 Samuel 20:2 (all opposed to גדול); person,=feeble Amos 7:2, 5; = insignificant Jeremiah 49:15; Obadiah 2 (both || בָּזוּי), Isaiah 60:22 (|| צָעִיר); בְּעֵינֶיךָ ק׳ 1 Samuel 15:17; especially + גָּדוֺל = low and high, + everybody, Deuteronomy 1:17; 1 Kings 22:31 2 Chronicles 18:30; Jeremiah 8:10; Job 3:19, +8 times — See also קָטָן above.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


1:16; 9:24; 9:24; 19:11; 27:15; 27:42; 29:16; 29:16; 29:18; 42:13; 44:20; 48:19


18:22; 18:26




1:17; 25:13; 25:14


1:13; 3:9; 9:5; 15:2

1 Samuel

2:19; 2:19; 5:9; 9:21; 9:21; 14:49; 15:17; 16:11; 17:14; 20:2; 20:35; 22:15; 25:36; 30:2; 30:19

2 Samuel

9:12; 12:3

1 Kings

2:20; 3:7; 8:64; 11:17; 17:13; 18:44; 22:31

2 Kings

2:23; 4:10; 5:2; 5:14; 18:24; 18:24

1 Chronicles

12:13; 12:14; 24:31

2 Chronicles

18:30; 21:17; 21:17; 22:1; 31:15; 34:30; 36:18


1:5; 1:20




104:25; 115:13


30:24; 30:24



Song of Songs

2:15; 8:8


11:6; 22:24; 36:9; 54:7; 60:22


6:13; 6:13; 8:10; 16:6; 31:34; 49:15


16:46; 16:61; 16:61; 43:14; 46:22


6:11; 7:2; 7:5








Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H6996 matches the Hebrew קָטָן (qāṭān),
which occurs 101 times in 100 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 2 (Gen 1:16–1Ki 18:44)

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 1:16 - So God made the two [fn]great lights, the greater [fn]light [fn]to rule the day, and the lesser H6996 [fn]light [fn]to rule the night, and also the stars.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:24 - Then Noah awoke from his wine, and he knew what his youngest H6996 son had done to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:11 - And they [fn]struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, from small H6996 to great, so that they wearied themselves trying to find the doorway.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:15 - Then Rebekah took the [fn]best garments of Esau her elder son, which were with her in the house, and she put them on Jacob her younger H6996 son.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:42 - Then the words of her elder son Esau were told to Rebekah. So she sent and called her younger H6996 son Jacob and said to him, “Behold, your brother Esau is consoling himself concerning you by planning to kill you.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 29:16 - Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger H6996 was Rachel.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 29:18 - Now Jacob loved Rachel, so he said, “I will serve you seven years for your younger H6996 daughter Rachel.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:13 - So they said, “Your servants are twelve brothers in all, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and behold, the youngest H6996 is with our father today, and one is no more.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:15 - by this you will be tested: by the life of Pharaoh, you shall not go from this place unless your youngest H6996 brother comes here!
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:20 - and bring your youngest H6996 brother to me, so your words may be proven true, and you will not die.” And they did so.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:32 - ‘We are twelve brothers, sons of our father; one is no more, and the youngest H6996 is with our father today in the land of Canaan.’
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:34 - ‘But bring your youngest H6996 brother to me that I may know that you are not spies, but [fn]honest men. I will give your brother to you, and you may trade in the land.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:29 - Then he lifted his eyes and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother’s son. And he said, “Is this your youngest H6996 brother, of whom you spoke to me?” And he said, “May God be gracious to you, my son.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:2 - “Now put my cup, the silver cup, in the mouth of the sack of the youngest H6996, and his money for the grain.” And he did [fn]as Joseph had told him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:12 - So he searched, beginning with the oldest and ending with the youngest H6996, and the cup was found in Benjamin’s sack.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:20 - “And we said to my lord, ‘We have an old father and a little H6996 child of his old age. Now his brother is dead, so he alone is left of his mother, and his father loves him.’
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:23 - “You said to your servants, however, ‘If your youngest H6996 brother does not come down with you, you will not see my face again.’
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:26 - “But we said, ‘We cannot go down. If our youngest H6996 brother is with us, then we will go down; for we cannot see the man’s face if our youngest H6996 brother is not with us.’
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 48:19 - But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know; he also will become a people, and he also will be great. However, his younger H6996 brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become the fullness of nations.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:22 - “And they will judge the people at all times. And it will be that every major matter they will bring to you, but every minor H6996 matter they themselves will judge. So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:26 - And they judged the people at all times; the difficult matter they would bring to Moses, but every minor H6996 matter they themselves would judge.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 22:18 - And Balaam replied to the servants of Balak, “Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not do anything, either small H6996 or great, to trespass the [fn]command of Yahweh my God.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 1:17 - ‘You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small H6996 and the great alike. You shall not fear [fn]man, for the judgment is God’s. The case that is too hard for you, you shall bring to me, and I will hear it.’
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 25:13 -

“You shall not have in your bag [fn]differing weights, a large and a small H6996.

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 25:14 - “You shall not have in your house [fn]differing measures, a large and a small H6996.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:13 - Then Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger H6996 brother, captured it; so he gave him his daughter Achsah as a wife.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:9 - Then the sons of Israel cried to Yahweh, and Yahweh raised up a savior for the sons of Israel to save them, Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger H6996 brother.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:5 - Then he came to his father’s house at Ophrah and killed his brothers the sons of Jerubbaal, seventy men, on one stone. But Jotham the youngest H6996 son of Jerubbaal was left, for he hid himself.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 15:2 - And her father said, “I really thought that you hated her intensely; so I gave her to your companion. Is not her younger H6996 sister better than she? Please let her be yours [fn]instead.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:19 - And his mother would make him a little H6996 robe and bring it to him from year to year when she would come up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 5:9 - Now it happened after they had brought it around, that the hand of Yahweh was against the city with very great confusion; and He struck the men of the city, both young H6996 and old, so that tumors broke out on them.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 9:21 - And Saul answered and said, “Am I not a Benjamite, of the smallest H6996 of the tribes of Israel, and my family the least of all the families of the [fn]tribe of Benjamin? Why then do you speak to me in this way?”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:49 -

Now the sons of Saul were Jonathan and Ishvi and Malchi-shua; and the names of his two daughters were these: the name of the firstborn Merab and the name of the younger H6996 Michal.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:17 -

And Samuel said, “Is it not true, though you were little H6996 in your own eyes, you were made the head of the tribes of Israel? And Yahweh anointed you king over Israel,

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:11 - And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are these all the young men?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest H6996, and behold, he is shepherding the sheep.” Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and [fn]bring him, for we will not turn around until he comes here.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 17:14 - But David was the youngest H6996. Now the three oldest had gone after Saul,
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 20:2 - And he said to him, “Far from it, you shall not die. Behold, my father does nothing either great or small H6996 without revealing it in my ear. So why should my father hide this thing from me? It is not so!”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 20:35 -

Now it happened in the morning that Jonathan went out into the field for the appointment with David, and a very H6996 young man was with him.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:15 - “Did I just begin to ask of God on his behalf today? Far be it from me! Do not let the king impute anything to his servant or to any of the household of my father, for your servant knows nothing small H6996 or great of this whole affair.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:36 -

Then Abigail came to Nabal, and behold, he was holding a feast in his house, like the feast of a king. And Nabal’s heart was merry within him, for he was very drunk; so she did not tell him anything small H6996 or great until the morning light.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 30:2 - and they took captive the women and all who were in it, both small H6996 and great—they did not put anyone to death—and carried them off and went their way.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 30:19 - Indeed nothing of theirs was missing, whether small H6996 or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything that they had taken for themselves; David brought it all back.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 9:12 - Now Mephibosheth had a young H6996 son whose name was Mica. And all who lived in the house of Ziba were servants to Mephibosheth.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:3 -

“But the poor man had nothing except one little H6996 ewe lamb

Which he bought and nourished;

And it grew up together with him and his children.

It would eat his morsel of bread and drink of his cup and lie in his bosom,

And was like a daughter to him.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 2:20 - Then she said, “I am making one small H6996 request of you; do not turn [fn]me away.” And the king said to her, “Ask, my mother, for I will not turn [fn]you away.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:7 - “So now, O Yahweh my God, You have made Your slave king in place of my father David, yet I am but a little H6996 child; I do not know how to go out or come in.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 8:64 - On the same day the king set apart as holy the middle of the court that was before the house of Yahweh, because there he [fn]offered the burnt offering and the grain offering and the fat of the peace offerings; for the bronze altar that was before Yahweh was too small H6996 to hold the burnt offering and the grain offering and the fat of the peace offerings.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 11:17 - that Hadad fled [fn]to Egypt, he and certain Edomites of his father’s servants with him, while Hadad was a young H6996 boy.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 17:13 - Then Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go, do as you have said, but make me a little H6996 bread cake from [fn]it first and bring it out to me, and afterward you may make one for yourself and for your son.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 18:44 - Now it happened at the seventh time, that he said, “Behold, a cloud as small H6996 as a man’s hand is coming up from the sea.” And he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘[fn]Prepare your chariot and go down, so that the rain does not stop you.’”

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