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Lexicon :: Strong's H7225 - rē'šîṯ

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Part of Speech
feminine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
From the same as רֹאשׁ (H7218)
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TWOT Reference: 2097e

Strong’s Definitions

רֵאשִׁית rêʼshîyth, ray-sheeth'; from the same as H7218; the first, in place, time, order or rank (specifically, a firstfruit):—beginning, chief(-est), first(-fruits, part, time), principal thing.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 51x

The KJV translates Strong's H7225 in the following manner: beginning (18x), firstfruits (11x), first (9x), chief (8x), miscellaneous (5x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 51x
The KJV translates Strong's H7225 in the following manner: beginning (18x), firstfruits (11x), first (9x), chief (8x), miscellaneous (5x).
  1. first, beginning, best, chief

    1. beginning

    2. first

    3. chief

    4. choice part

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
רֵאשִׁית rêʼshîyth, ray-sheeth'; from the same as H7218; the first, in place, time, order or rank (specifically, a firstfruit):—beginning, chief(-est), first(-fruits, part, time), principal thing.
STRONGS H7225: Abbreviations
† [רֵאשִׁית] noun feminine beginning, chief (for *רְאֵשִׁיתGGA 1884, 1019, compare HolzHexateuch 465; Syriac bdb091201); — absolute ר׳ Deuteronomy 33:21+, construct ר׳ Genesis 10:10+, רֵשִׁית Deuteronomy 11:12; suffix רֵאשִׁיתוֺ Ecclesiastes 7:8, רֵאשִׁתוֺ Job 42:12, etc.; —
a. beginning of kingdom Genesis 10:10 (J), year Deuteronomy 11:12, reign Jeremiah 26:1; Jeremiah 27:1; Jeremiah 28:1; Jeremiah 49:34;= first phase, step, or element in course of events Isaiah 46:10 (opposed to אַחֲרִית); of a thing (דָּבָר) Ecclesiastes 7:8 (opposed to id.); of sin Micah 1:13, strife Proverbs 17:14, wisdom Psalm 111:10, knowledge Proverbs 1:7 thy beginning Job 8:7 —his beginning Job 42:12 (both opposed to אַחֲרִית), ר׳ before clause, בָּרָא א׳ בְּר׳ Genesis 1:1 in the beginning when god created (> absolute in the beginning God created); אֹנִי ר׳ Genesis 49:3 (poem) beginning (first product) of my manly vigour (|| בְּכֹרִי כֹּחִי so Deuteronomy 21:17; Psalm 78:51 (both || בְּכוֺת Psalm 105:36; compare דֵּרְכֵי אֵל ר׳ Job 40:19 (of hippopotamus), דַּרְכּוֺ ר׳ Proverbs 8:22 (of wisdom);=first season (of a tree) Hosea 9:10; גּוֺיִם ר׳ Numbers 24:20 (JE), first, earliest, of nations.
b. first of fruits Exodus 23:19 (E), Exodus 34:26 (JE), Deuteronomy 26:2, 10; Ezekiel 44:30.a, of harvest Leviticus 23:10 (H), grain Deuteronomy 18:4; 2 Chronicles 31:5 dough Numbers 15:20, 21 (P), Ezekiel 44:30b Nehemiah 10:38, wool Deuteronomy 18:4; of כָּלתְּֿבוּאָתֶ֑ךָ Proverbs 3:9; Israel is תְּבוּאָתֹה ר׳ Jeremiah 2:3 (i.e. of י׳'s increase); ר׳ =first-fruits Leviticus 2:12 (P), Numbers 18:12 (P), Nehemiah 12:44; הָאָרֶץ ר׳ Ezekiel 48:14
2. first chief, Amos 6:1; גְּבוּרָתָם ר׳ Jeremiah 49:35 (of bows); so apparently בְּנֵי עַמּוֺן ר׳ Daniel 11:41, i.e. the principal part of them (Buhl Marti conjecture שְׁאֵרִית after Syriac Version); מַשְׁאוֺתֵיכֶם ר׳ Ezekiel 20:40, i.e. your chief oblations; שְׁמָנִים ר׳ Amos 6:6, i.e. choice oils; = choice part, of land Deuteronomy 33:21, offering 1 Samuel 2:29, הַחֵרֶם 1 Samuel 15:21; absolute chief thing Proverbs 4:7 (of wisdom).
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


1:1; 10:10; 10:10; 49:3


23:19; 34:26


2:12; 23:10


15:20; 15:21; 18:12; 24:20


11:12; 11:12; 18:4; 18:4; 21:17; 26:2; 26:10; 33:21; 33:21

1 Samuel

2:29; 15:21

2 Chronicles



10:38; 12:44


8:7; 40:19; 42:12; 42:12


78:51; 105:36; 111:10


1:7; 3:9; 4:7; 8:22; 17:14


7:8; 7:8




2:3; 26:1; 27:1; 28:1; 49:34; 49:35


20:40; 44:30; 44:30; 48:14






6:1; 6:6




Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H7225 matches the Hebrew רֵאשִׁית (rē'šîṯ),
which occurs 51 times in 49 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 1:1 -

In the beginning H7225 God created the heavens and the earth.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 10:10 - The beginning H7225 of his kingdom was [fn]Babel and Erech and Accad and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:3 -

“Reuben, you are my firstborn;

My might and the beginning H7225 of my vigor,

[fn]Preeminent in dignity and [fn]preeminent in strength.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 23:19 -

“You shall bring the choice H7225 first fruits of your ground into the house of Yahweh your God.

“You shall not boil a young goat in the milk of its mother.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 34:26 -

“You shall bring the very first H7225 of the first fruits of your ground into the house of Yahweh your God.

“You shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.”

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 2:12 - ‘As an offering of first H7225 fruits H7225 you shall bring them near to Yahweh, but they shall not ascend for a soothing aroma on the altar.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:10 - “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘When you enter the land which I am going to give to you and reap its harvest, then you shall bring in the sheaf of the first H7225 fruits H7225 of your harvest to the priest.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 15:20 - ‘Of the first H7225 of your [fn]dough you shall [fn]raise up a cake as a [fn]contribution offering; as the [fn]contribution offering of the threshing floor, so you shall raise it up.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 15:21 - ‘From the first H7225 of your [fn]dough you shall give to Yahweh a [fn]contribution offering throughout your generations.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:12 - “All the [fn]best of the fresh oil and all the [fn]best of the fresh wine and of the grain, the first H7225 fruits H7225 of those which they give to Yahweh, I give them to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:20 -

Then he looked at Amalek and took up his discourse and said,

“Amalek was the first H7225 of the nations,

But his end shall be [fn]destruction.”

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 11:12 - a land for which Yahweh your God cares; the eyes of Yahweh your God are always on it, from the [fn]beginning H7225 even to the end of the year.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 18:4 - “You shall give him the first H7225 fruits H7225 of your grain, your new wine and your oil and the first H7225 shearing of your sheep.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:17 - “But he shall recognize the firstborn, the son of the [fn]unloved, by giving him a double portion of all that [fn]he has, for he is the first H7225 of his vigor; the legal judgment for the firstborn belongs to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 26:2 - that you shall take some of the first H7225 of all the fruit of the ground which you bring in from your land that Yahweh your God gives you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place where Yahweh your God chooses for His name to dwell.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 26:10 - ‘So now behold, I have brought the first H7225 of the fruit of the ground which You, O Yahweh, have given me.’ And you shall set it down before Yahweh your God and worship before Yahweh your God;
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 33:21 -

“Then he [fn]provided the first H7225 part for himself,

For there the ruler’s portion was [fn]reserved;

And he came with the heads of the people;

He did the righteousness of Yahweh,

And His judgments with Israel.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:29 - ‘Why do you kick at My sacrifice and at My offering which I have commanded in My habitation, and honor your sons above Me, by making yourselves fat with the [fn]choicest H7225 of every offering of My people Israel?’
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:21 - “But the people took some of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the choicest H7225 of the things devoted to destruction, to sacrifice to Yahweh your God at Gilgal.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 31:5 - As soon as the word spread forth, the sons of Israel provided in abundance the first H7225 fruits H7225 of grain, new wine, oil, honey, and of all the produce of the field; and they brought in abundantly the tithe of all.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 10:37 - We will also bring the first H7225 of our [fn]dough, our contributions, the fruit of every tree, the new wine and the oil to the priests at the chambers of the house of our God, and the tithe of our ground to the Levites, for the Levites are they who receive the tithes in all the towns where we serve.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 12:44 -

On that day men were also appointed over the chambers for the stores, the contributions, the first H7225 fruits H7225, and the tithes, to gather into them from the fields of the cities the portions required by the law for the priests and Levites; for Judah was glad over the priests and Levites who stood to minister.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 8:7 -

“Though your beginning H7225 was insignificant,

Yet your end will increase greatly.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 40:19 -

“It is the first H7225 of the ways of God;

Let its Maker bring near its sword.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 42:12 - And Yahweh blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning H7225; and he had 14,000 sheep and 6,000 camels and 1,000 pairs of oxen and 1,000 female donkeys.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:51 -

So He struck all the firstborn in Egypt,

The first H7225 of their vigor in the tents of Ham.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 105:36 -

He also struck down all the firstborn in their land,

The first H7225 of all their vigor.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 111:10 -


The [fn]fear of Yahweh is the beginning H7225 of wisdom;


Good insight belongs to all those who do [fn]His commandments;


His praise stands forever.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:7 -

The fear of [fn]Yahweh is the beginning H7225 of knowledge;

[fn]Ignorant fools despise wisdom and discipline.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:9 -

Honor Yahweh from your wealth

And from the first H7225 of all your produce;

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:7 -

[fn]The beginning H7225 of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom;

And with all your acquiring, acquire understanding.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:22 -

“Yahweh possessed me at the beginning H7225 of His way,

Before His deeds [fn]of old.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:14 -

The beginning H7225 of strife is like letting out water,

So abandon the dispute before it breaks out.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:8 -

Better is the end of a matter than its beginning H7225;

Better is patience of spirit than haughtiness of spirit.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 46:10 -

Declaring the end from the beginning H7225,

And from ancient times things which have not been done,

Saying, ‘My counsel will be established,

And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’,

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:3 -

“Israel was holy to Yahweh,

The first H7225 of His produce.

All who ate of it became guilty;

Evil came upon them,” declares Yahweh.’”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 26:1 -

In the beginning H7225 of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came from Yahweh, saying,

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 27:1 -

In the beginning H7225 of the reign of [fn]Zedekiah the son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, saying

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 28:1 -

Now it happened in the same year, in the beginning H7225 of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the fourth year, in the fifth month, that Hananiah the son of Azzur, the prophet, who was from Gibeon, spoke to me in the house of Yahweh in the sight of the priests and all the people, saying,

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 49:34 -

That which came as the word of Yahweh to Jeremiah the prophet concerning Elam, in the beginning H7225 of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, saying:

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 49:35 -

“Thus says Yahweh of hosts,

‘Behold, I am going to break the bow of Elam,

The [fn]finest H7225 of their might.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:40 - “For on My holy mountain, on the high mountain of Israel,” declares Lord Yahweh, “there the whole house of Israel, all of them, will serve Me in the land; there I will accept them, and there I will [fn]seek your contributions and the choicest H7225 of your gifts, with all your holy things.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 44:30 - “And the first H7225 of all the first fruits of every kind and every [fn]contribution of every kind, from all your [fn]contributions, shall be for the priests; you shall also give to the priest the first H7225 of your [fn]dough to cause a blessing to rest on your house.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 48:14 - “Moreover, they shall not sell or exchange any of it, or let this [fn]choice H7225 portion of land pass over to another; for it is holy to Yahweh.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 11:41 - “And he will also enter the [fn]Beautiful Land, and many countries will fall; but these will be rescued out of his hand: Edom, Moab, and the foremost H7225 of the sons of Ammon.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 9:10 -

I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness;

I saw your fathers as the earliest fruit on the fig tree in its first H7225 season.

But they came to Baal-peor and devoted themselves to [fn]shame,

And they became as detestable as that which they loved.

Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 6:1 -

Woe to those who are at ease in Zion

And to those who feel secure in the mountain of Samaria,

The distinguished men of the first H7225 of the nations,

To whom the house of Israel comes.

Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 6:6 -

Who drink wine from [fn]sacrificial bowls

While they anoint themselves with the first H7225 pick of the oils,

Yet they have not grieved over the destruction of Joseph.

Unchecked Copy BoxMic 1:13 -

Harness the chariot to the team of horses,

O inhabitant of Lachish

She was the beginning H7225 of sin

To the daughter of Zion

Because in you were found

The transgressions of Israel.

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