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Lexicon :: Strong's H7223 - ri'šôn

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TWOT Reference: 2097c

Strong’s Definitions

רִאשׁוֹן riʼshôwn, ree-shone'; or רִאשֹׁן riʼshôn; from H7221; first, in place, time or rank (as adjective or noun):—ancestor, (that were) before(-time), beginning, eldest, first, fore(-father) (-most), former (thing), of old time, past.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 185x

The KJV translates Strong's H7223 in the following manner: first (129x), former (26x), former things (6x), beginning (4x), chief (3x), before (3x), old time (2x), foremost (3x), aforetime (1x), miscellaneous (8x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 185x
The KJV translates Strong's H7223 in the following manner: first (129x), former (26x), former things (6x), beginning (4x), chief (3x), before (3x), old time (2x), foremost (3x), aforetime (1x), miscellaneous (8x).
  1. first, primary, former

    1. former (of time)

      1. ancestors

      2. former things

    2. foremost (of location)

    3. first (in time)

    4. first, chief (in degree)

  2. first, before, formerly, at first

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
רִאשׁוֹן riʼshôwn, ree-shone'; or רִאשֹׁן riʼshôn; from H7221; first, in place, time or rank (as adjective or noun):—ancestor, (that were) before(-time), beginning, eldest, first, fore(-father) (-most), former (thing), of old time, past.
STRONGS H7223: Abbreviations
רִאשׁוֺן 182 adjective former, first, chief (i heightened from original a, see √); — absolute ר׳ Hosea 2:19 +, שֹׁן- Exodus 12:15 +, רִישׁוֺן Job 8:8, construct רִאשׁוֺן Job 15:7 Qr (Kt ראישון and so always Manuscript Sam. Pentateuch, see Köii. 1, 225 n); feminine רִאשֹׁנָה Judges 20:37 + (Joshua 21:10 Kt ראישנה see above); masculine plural רִאשֹׁנִים Exodus 34:1 +, feminine plural רִאשֹׁנוֺת Isaiah 41:22 +, etc.; —
1. former:
a. in time, former of two Genesis 25:25 (J), Genesis 41:20 (E), Deuteronomy 10:1, 2, 3, 4, 10; Deuteronomy 24:4, compare Hosea 2:9; Leviticus 4:21; Leviticus 9:15 (both P), Judges 20:39; 2 Kings 1:14; Haggai 2:3, 9; Ezra 3:12 +; more generally former, previous, Numbers 21:26 (JE), Micah 4:8; 2 Kings 17:34, 40; Zechariah 1:4; Zechariah 7:7, 12; Zechariah 8:11; Nehemiah 5:15; Eccl 17:10; Psalm 79:8 +; כָּעֵת הָ ר׳ Isaiah 8:23; דִּבְרֵי דויד הָ ר׳ 1 Chronicles 29:29 the doings of David, the former and the latter (הָאַחֲדֹנִים), compare 2 Chronicles 9:29; 12:15; 16:11; 20:34; 25:26; 26:22; 28:26; 35:27; early days of harvest 2 Samuel 21:9; רִאשֹׁנִים as substantive, former persons, ancestors, men of old, Deuteronomy 19:14; Leviticus 26:45 (H), Ecclesiastes 1:11 (opposed to אַחֲרֹנִים); (תָ)רִאשֹׁנוֺת as substantive the former things, i.e. past events Isaiah 41:22; Isaiah 43:9, 18; Isaiah 46:9; Isaiah 48:3, earlier predictions Isaiah 42:9.
b. location, foremost, of two 2 Samuel 18:27.
2. first:
a. in time, הַמַּכָּה הָ ר׳ 1 Samuel 14:14 the first slaughter (preliminary to general carnage); וְלֹאהָֿיָה דְּבָרִי ר׳ 2 Samuel 19:44 was not my word first? ר׳ in apposition with person subject 2 Samuel 19:21 I am come as first, compare perhaps Isaiah 41:27 (insert אָמַרְתִּי Ges De < read הִגַּדְתִּים for הִנֵּה הִנָּם CheHpt Kit Di), and הָ ר׳ Jeremiah 50:17 (opposed to הָאַחֲרוֺן), Isaiah 43:27; ר׳ absolute, first of mankind Job 15:17; absolute of י׳, I (an the) first Isaiah 41:4 (+אֶתֿ אַחֲדֹנִים), + אַחְרוֺן Isaiah 44:6; Isaiah 48:12; absolute of time, מֵרִאשׁוֺן Jeremiah 17:12 from the beginning; especially first of a def. series (sometimes opposed to אַחֲרוֺן). first day of feast Deuteronomy 16:4; Exodus 12:15 (twice in verse); Exodus 12:16 + 5 times P (H), Nehemiah 8:18, usually first month (חֹרֶשׁ) Exodus 40:2, 17; Leviticus 23:5 + 6 times P, 1 Chronicles 12:16 (van d. H. 1 Chronicles 12:15) + 10 times Chronicles, Ezra, Esther 3:7; Daniel 10:4, חֹדֶשׁ omitted Genesis 8:13; Exodus 12:2, 18; Numbers 9:5 (all P) Ezekiel 29:17; Ezekiel 30:20; Ezekiel 45:18, 21, so Joel 2:23, but read כָּרִאשׁוֺנָה (3a) Greek Version of the LXX Syriac Version We Now and Dr.
b. first in degree, chief: יַד רִאשׁוֹנָה ֗֗֗ הַשָּׂרִים Ezra 9:2 the hand of the princes... has been first in this trespass; 1 Chronicles 18:17; Daniel 10:13 (Chronicles, Esther 1:14 below).
a. feminine with preposition as adverb phrase:
(1) of time, בָּרִאשֹׁנָה Genesis 13:4 (J), = before, formerly, so Joshua 8:5, 6 (JE), 2 Samuel 7:10; 2 Samuel 20:18; Jeremiah 7:12; Isaiah 52:4, לָר׳ = before, formerly, Genesis 28:19 (J), Judges 18:29; so כְּבָר׳ as formerly Judges 20:32; 1 Kings 13:6; Isaiah 1:26; Jeremiah 33:7, 11, = כָּ ר׳ Deuteronomy 9:15; Daniel 11:29 (opposed to כָּאַחֲרוֺנָה); בָּר = at first, first of all, Deuteronomy 13:10; Deuteronomy 17:7; Numbers 10:13 (P) Joshua 8:33 (D), 1 Kings 17:13; 1 Kings 20:9; Zechariah 12:7; Proverbs 20:21 (opposed to אַחֲרִיתָהּ), 1 Chronicles 11:6 (twice in verse); 1 Chronicles 17:9; Nehemiah 7:5; לְמַבָּרִאשׁוֺנָה 1 Chronicles 15:13 (= לְמַהבָּֿר׳) for what was at first, etc. (מָךְ 1e);
(2) location, בָּר׳ i.e. at the head of an army 1 Kings 20:17, a procession Numbers 10:14 (P), compare Isaiah 60:9.
b. רִאשֹׁנָה alone as adverb:
(1) of time first Genesis 38:28 (J), 1 Kings 18:25; Jeremiah 16:18; Leviticus 5:8; Numbers 2:9; Joshua 21:10 (all P), Isaiah 65:7 (Ew De Che Di Du Skinner, >adjective Ges Hi Kn);
(2) of place Genesis 33:2 (J);
(3) of degree, rank, Esther 1:14.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


8:13; 13:4; 25:25; 28:19; 33:2; 38:28; 41:20


12:2; 12:15; 12:15; 12:16; 12:18; 34:1; 40:2; 40:17


4:21; 5:8; 9:15; 23:5; 26:45


2:9; 9:5; 10:13; 10:14; 21:26


9:15; 10:1; 10:2; 10:3; 10:4; 10:10; 13:10; 16:4; 17:7; 19:14; 24:4


8:5; 8:6; 8:33; 21:10; 21:10


18:29; 20:32; 20:37; 20:39

1 Samuel


2 Samuel

7:10; 18:27; 19:21; 20:18; 21:9

1 Kings

13:6; 17:13; 18:25; 20:9; 20:17

2 Kings

1:14; 17:34; 17:40

1 Chronicles

11:6; 12:15; 12:16; 15:13; 17:9; 18:17; 29:29

2 Chronicles

9:29; 12:15; 16:11; 20:34; 25:26; 26:22; 28:26; 35:27


3:12; 9:2


5:15; 7:5; 8:18


1:14; 1:14; 3:7


8:8; 15:7; 15:17








1:26; 41:4; 41:22; 41:22; 41:27; 42:9; 43:9; 43:18; 43:27; 44:6; 46:9; 48:3; 48:12; 52:4; 60:9; 65:7


7:12; 16:18; 17:12; 33:7; 33:11; 50:17


29:17; 30:20; 45:18; 45:21


10:4; 10:13; 11:29


2:9; 2:19






2:3; 2:9


1:4; 7:7; 7:12; 8:11; 12:7

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H7223 matches the Hebrew רִאשׁוֹן (ri'šôn),
which occurs 182 times in 174 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 4 (Gen 8:13–Deu 17:7)

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 8:13 - And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first H7223 month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 13:4 - Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: H7223 and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:25 - And the first H7223 came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:1 - And there was a famine in the land, beside the first H7223 famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 28:19 - And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first. H7223
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:17 - And he commanded the foremost, H7223 saying, When Esau my brother meeteth thee, and asketh thee, saying, Whose art thou? and whither goest thou? and whose are these before thee?
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 33:2 - And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, H7223 and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindermost.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 38:28 - And it came to pass, when she travailed, that the one put out his hand: and the midwife took and bound upon his hand a scarlet thread, saying, This came out first. H7223
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 40:13 - Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thine head, and restore thee unto thy place: and thou shalt deliver Pharaoh's cup into his hand, after the former H7223 manner when thou wast his butler.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:20 - And the lean and the ill favoured kine did eat up the first H7223 seven fat kine:
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 4:8 - And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first H7223 sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:2 - This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first H7223 month of the year to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:15 - Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first H7223 day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first H7223 day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:16 - And in the first H7223 day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:18 - In the first H7223 month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 34:1 - And the LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: H7223 and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first H7223 tables, which thou brakest.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 34:4 - And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; H7223 and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 40:2 - On the first H7223 day of the first month shalt thou set up the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 40:17 - And it came to pass in the first H7223 month in the second year, on the first day of the month, that the tabernacle was reared up.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 4:21 - And he shall carry forth the bullock without the camp, and burn him as he burned the first H7223 bullock: it is a sin offering for the congregation.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 5:8 - And he shall bring them unto the priest, who shall offer that which is for the sin offering first, H7223 and wring off his head from his neck, but shall not divide it asunder:
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 9:15 - And he brought the people's offering, and took the goat, which was the sin offering for the people, and slew it, and offered it for sin, as the first. H7223
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:5 - In the fourteenth day of the first H7223 month at even is the LORD'S passover.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:7 - In the first H7223 day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:35 - On the first H7223 day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:39 - Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first H7223 day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:40 - And ye shall take you on the first H7223 day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:45 - But I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, H7223 whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the heathen, that I might be their God: I am the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 2:9 - All that were numbered in the camp of Judah were an hundred thousand and fourscore thousand and six thousand and four hundred, throughout their armies. These shall first H7223 set forth.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 6:12 - And he shall consecrate unto the LORD the days of his separation, and shall bring a lamb of the first year for a trespass offering: but the days that were before H7223 shall be lost, because his separation was defiled.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 7:12 - And he that offered his offering the first H7223 day was Nahshon the son of Amminadab, of the tribe of Judah:
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 9:1 - And the LORD spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the first H7223 month of the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 9:5 - And they kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the first H7223 month at even in the wilderness of Sinai: according to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so did the children of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:13 - And they first H7223 took their journey according to the commandment of the LORD by the hand of Moses.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:14 - In the first H7223 place went the standard of the camp of the children of Judah according to their armies: and over his host was Nahshon the son of Amminadab.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 20:1 - Then came the children of Israel, even the whole congregation, into the desert of Zin in the first H7223 month: and the people abode in Kadesh; and Miriam died there, and was buried there.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:26 - For Heshbon was the city of Sihon the king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former H7223 king of Moab, and taken all his land out of his hand, even unto Arnon.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 28:16 - And in the fourteenth day of the first H7223 month is the passover of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 28:18 - In the first H7223 day shall be an holy convocation; ye shall do no manner of servile work therein:
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 33:3 - And they departed from Rameses in the first H7223 month, on the fifteenth day of the first H7223 month; on the morrow after the passover the children of Israel went out with an high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:32 - For ask now of the days that are past, H7223 which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it?
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 9:18 - And I fell down before the LORD, as at the first, H7223 forty days and forty nights: I did neither eat bread, nor drink water, because of all your sins which ye sinned, in doing wickedly in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 10:1 - At that time the LORD said unto me, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first, H7223 and come up unto me into the mount, and make thee an ark of wood.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 10:2 - And I will write on the tables the words that were in the first H7223 tables which thou brakest, and thou shalt put them in the ark.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 10:3 - And I made an ark of shittim wood, and hewed two tables of stone like unto the first, H7223 and went up into the mount, having the two tables in mine hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 10:4 - And he wrote on the tables, according to the first H7223 writing, the ten commandments, which the LORD spake unto you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly: and the LORD gave them unto me.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 10:10 - And I stayed in the mount, according to the first H7223 time, forty days and forty nights; and the LORD hearkened unto me at that time also, and the LORD would not destroy thee.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 13:9 - But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first H7223 upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 16:4 - And there shall be no leavened bread seen with thee in all thy coast seven days; neither shall there any thing of the flesh, which thou sacrificedst the first H7223 day at even, remain all night until the morning.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 17:7 - The hands of the witnesses shall be first H7223 upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So thou shalt put the evil away from among you.

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