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Lexicon :: Strong's H8254 - šāqal

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Root Word (Etymology)
A primitive root
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TWOT Reference: 2454

Strong’s Definitions

שָׁקַל shâqal, shaw-kal'; a primitive root; to suspend or poise (especially in trade):—pay, receive(-r), spend, × throughly, weigh.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 22x

The KJV translates Strong's H8254 in the following manner: weigh (14x), pay (4x), throughly (1x), receive (1x), receiver (1x), spend (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 22x
The KJV translates Strong's H8254 in the following manner: weigh (14x), pay (4x), throughly (1x), receive (1x), receiver (1x), spend (1x).
  1. to weigh, weigh out, pay out

    1. (Qal)

      1. to weigh

      2. to weigh out (a price)

      3. of grief (fig)

    2. (Niphal)

      1. to be weighed

      2. to be weighed out

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
שָׁקַל shâqal, shaw-kal'; a primitive root; to suspend or poise (especially in trade):—pay, receive(-r), spend, × throughly, weigh.
STRONGS H8254: Abbreviations
שָׁקַל verb weigh (Late Hebrew id.; Arabic bdb105301 be heavy, bdb105302 heaviness, weight, bdb105303 load, Old Aramaic תקל weigh, Aramaic תְּקַל, bdb105304 (weigh), pay, תִּקְלָא shekel, but also (Old Aramaic, Zinjirli) שקל, שקלן Lzb382; bdb105305 lift up; Assyrian šaḳâlu, weigh, šiḳlu (apparently) = שֶׁקֶל; Ethiopic bdb105306 hand up, weigh; Phoenician משקל weight; compare Frä202, also Greek σίγλος (Greek Version of the LXX σίκλος) LagM ii. 357 LewyFramdw. 118 f.; — on connection of meanings compare weigh transitive and intransitive = German wägen, wiegen, also heave, heavy, heft (= weight, obs. or colloq.)); —
Qal Perfect 3rd person masculine singular שׁ׳ 2 Samuel 14:26; Isaiah 40:12; Imperfect 3rd person masculine singular יִשְׁקִל Exodus 22:16, suffix יִשְׁקְלֵ֫נִי Job 31:6, etc.; Infinitive absolute שָׁקוֺל Job 6:2; construct לִשְׁקוֺל Esther 4:7; Participle active שֹׁקֵל Isaiah 33:18; 2 Samuel 18:12 read perhaps passive שָׁקֻל, see infra, —
1. weigh, human subject, accusative of thing 2 Samuel 14:26; Isaiah 46:6 (ב of scale); figurative, י׳ subject Isaiah 40:12 also (accusative of person) Job 31:6 (both with ב of scale); compare Infinitive absolute below Niph.; weigh precious metals intrusted to one, ל person Ezra 8:25, עַליָֿדָם Ezra 8:26, accusative of thing omitted Ezra 8:29 (לִפְנֵי of superior).
2. weigh out a price (i.e. pay): accusative of silver Exodus 22:16 (E), 1 Kings 20:39; Zechariah 11:12; Jeremiah 32:10 (ב of scale), Isaiah 55:2 (with ב, in exchange for); +ל person Jeremiah 32:9; Genesis 23:16 (P); + עַל־כַּפַּי 2 Samuel 18:12 (read perhaps שָׁקֻל, so We KitKau Bu Buhl), עַליְֿדֵי פ׳ Esther 3:9, עַלגִּֿנְזֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ Esther 4:7
Niph. be weighed:
1. Perfect 3rd person masculine singular נִשְׁקַל, subject of thing Ezra 8:33 (passive of Qal Ezra 8:25f.); Imperfect 3rd person masculine singular figurative (+ Qal Infinitive absolute), לוּ שָׁקוֺל יִשָּׁקֵל כַּעְשִׂי Job 6:2.
2. be weighted out, as price, Job 28:15.

See related Aramaic BDB entry H8625.
Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon, Unabridged, Electronic Database.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs




22:16; 22:16

2 Samuel

14:26; 14:26; 18:12; 18:12

1 Kings



8:25; 8:25; 8:26; 8:29; 8:33


3:9; 4:7; 4:7


6:2; 6:2; 28:15; 31:6; 31:6


33:18; 40:12; 40:12; 46:6; 55:2


32:9; 32:10



Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H8254 matches the Hebrew שָׁקַל (šāqal),
which occurs 23 times in 21 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:16 - Abraham listened to Ephron; and Abraham weighed H8254 out for Ephron the silver which he had named in the [fn]hearing of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, [fn]commercial standard.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:17 - “If her father absolutely refuses to give her to him, he shall [fn]pay H8254 money equal to the dowry for virgins.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 14:26 - When he cut the hair of his head (and it was at the end of every year that he cut it, for it was heavy on him so he cut it), he weighed H8254 the hair of his head at 200 shekels by the king’s weight.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 18:12 - The man said to Joab, “Even if I should receive H8254 a thousand pieces of silver in my hand, I would not put out my hand against the king’s son; for in our hearing the king charged you and Abishai and Ittai, saying,[fn]Protect for me the young man Absalom!’
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 20:39 - As the king passed by, he cried to the king and said, “Your servant went out into the midst of the battle; and behold, a man turned aside and brought a man to me and said, ‘Guard this man; if for any reason he is missing, then your life shall be for his life, or else you shall pay H8254 a talent of silver.’
Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 8:25 - and I weighed H8254 out to them the silver, the gold and the utensils, the offering for the house of our God which the king and his counselors and his princes and all Israel present there had offered.
Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 8:26 - Thus I weighed H8254 into their hands 650 talents of silver, and silver utensils worth 100 talents, and 100 gold talents,
Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 8:29 - “Watch and keep them until you weigh H8254 them before the leading priests, the Levites and the heads of the fathers’ households of Israel at Jerusalem, in the chambers of the house of the LORD.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 8:33 - On the fourth day the silver and the gold and the utensils were weighed H8254 out in the house of our God into the hand of Meremoth the son of Uriah the priest, and with him was Eleazar the son of Phinehas; and with them were the Levites, Jozabad the son of Jeshua and Noadiah the son of Binnui.
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 3:9 - “If it is pleasing to the king, let it be [fn]decreed that they be destroyed, and I will pay H8254 ten thousand talents of silver into the hands of those who carry on the king’s business, to put into the king’s treasuries.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:7 - Mordecai told him all that had happened to him, and the exact amount of money that Haman had promised to pay H8254 to the king’s treasuries for the destruction of the Jews.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:2 - “Oh that my grief were actually H8254 weighed H8254
And laid in the balances together with my calamity!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:15 - “Pure gold cannot be given in exchange for it,
Nor can silver be weighed H8254 as its price.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:6 - Let Him weigh H8254 me with [fn]accurate scales,
And let God know my integrity.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 33:18 - Your heart will meditate on terror:
“Where is he who counts?
Where is he who weighs? H8254
Where is he who counts the towers?”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 40:12 - Who has measured the [fn]waters in the hollow of His hand,
And marked off the heavens by the [fn]span,
And [fn]calculated the dust of the earth by the measure,
And weighed H8254 the mountains in a balance
And the hills in a pair of scales?
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 46:6 - “Those who lavish gold from the purse
And weigh H8254 silver on the scale
Hire a goldsmith, and he makes it into a god;
They bow down, indeed they worship it.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 55:2 - “Why do you [fn]spend H8254 money for what is not bread,
And your wages for what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,
And delight yourself in abundance.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 32:9 - “I bought the field which was at Anathoth from Hanamel my uncle’s son, and I weighed H8254 out the silver for him, seventeen shekels of silver.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 32:10 - “I [fn]signed and sealed the deed, and called in witnesses, and weighed H8254 out the silver on the scales.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:12 - I said to them, “If it is good in your sight, give me my wages; but if not, [fn]never mind!” So they weighed H8254 out thirty shekels of silver as my wages.
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