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Lexicon :: Strong's H8551 - tāmaḵ

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Part of Speech
Root Word (Etymology)
A primitive root
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TWOT Reference: 2520

Strong’s Definitions

תָּמַךְ tâmak, taw-mak'; a primitive root; to sustain; by implication, to obtain, keep fast; figuratively, to help, follow close:—(take, up-) hold (up), maintain, retain, stay (up).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 21x

The KJV translates Strong's H8551 in the following manner: hold (7x), uphold (5x), retain (4x), hold up (2x), miscellaneous (3x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 21x
The KJV translates Strong's H8551 in the following manner: hold (7x), uphold (5x), retain (4x), hold up (2x), miscellaneous (3x).
  1. to grasp, hold, support, attain, lay hold of, hold fast

    1. (Qal)

      1. to grasp, lay hold of, attain

      2. to hold up, support

      3. to hold, keep

      4. to take hold of each other

    2. (Niphal) to be seized, be held

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
תָּמַךְ tâmak, taw-mak'; a primitive root; to sustain; by implication, to obtain, keep fast; figuratively, to help, follow close:—(take, up-) hold (up), maintain, retain, stay (up).
† [תָּמַךְ] verb grasp, support, attain (Aramaic תְּמַךְ Pa. hold fast; compare Phoenician and Old Aramaic תמכאל El hath sustained Lzb386 SAC121 Cooke361); —
Qal Perfect. 3rd person feminine singular תָּֽמְכָה Psalm 63:9, etc.; Imperfect 3rd person masculine singular יִתְמֹךְ Proverbs 29:23, 3rd person masculine plural יִתְמֹ֑כוּ Job 36:17; Proverbs 5:5, etc., Infinitive absolute תָּמֹךְ Psalm 17:5; construct תְּמֹךְ Isaiah 33:15; Participle תּוֺמֵךְ Amos 1:5, 8, תּוֺמִיךְ Psalm 16:5 (? read מֵיךְ- Ges§ 51e, or תֹּמֵךְ, compare Vrss Du; > 0l תּוֺסִיף, Bi Che תָּמִיד), etc.; —
1. grasp, lay hold of, with accusative of thing Genesis 48:17 (E), Proverbs 31:19 (|| שׁלּח יד בְּ); accusative of person (wisdom) Proverbs 3:18 (|| מַחֲזִיק); accusative of thing (grasp and) wield Amos 1:5, 8; Psalm 16:5 (see above) thou dost grasp my lot (i.e. take and cast it for me, compare modern Palestinian bdb106903bdb106904 may Allah uphold my lot BergheimPEF 1894, 194); figurative, Job 36:17 judgment and justice seize (thee; but see obscure and doubtful); Proverbs 5:5 her steps lay hold of She'ôl (keep the path to it); literal, with ב of thing Isaiah 33:15, ב person Proverbs 28:17 (or below 3; meaning dubious); lay hold of, attain, honour, wealth (accusative) Proverbs 11:16 (twice in verse).
2. hold up, support, with בְּיָדָיו Exodus 17:2 (E); figurative, ב person Isaiah 42:1; Psalm 41:13; Psalm 63:9; accusative of person Isaiah 41:10 (ב instrumental), Proverbs 29:23 (opposed to הִשְׁפִּיל).
3. hold, keep, with accusative of thing Proverbs 4:4 let thy heart keep my words (|| שָׁמַר); hold firmly Psalm 17:5 (ב location; opposed to נָמֹ֫טוּ).
Niph. Imperfect וּבְחַבְלֵי חַטָּאתוֺ יִתָּמֵ֑ךְ Proverbs 5:22 in the cords of his sin is he seized (|| לָכַד).
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs






36:17; 36:17


16:5; 16:5; 17:5; 17:5; 41:13; 63:9; 63:9


3:18; 4:4; 5:5; 5:5; 5:22; 11:16; 28:17; 29:23; 29:23; 31:19


33:15; 33:15; 41:10; 42:1


1:5; 1:5; 1:8; 1:8

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H8551 matches the Hebrew תָּמַךְ (tāmaḵ),
which occurs 21 times in 20 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 48:17 - When Joseph saw that his father placed his right hand on Ephraim’s head, it displeased him; and he grasped H8551 his father’s hand to move it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 17:12 - And Moses’ hands were heavy. So they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it; and Aaron and Hur supported H8551 his hands, one on one side and one on the other. So his hands were steady until the sun set.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:17 - “But you were full of judgment on the wicked;
Judgment and justice take H8551 hold H8551 of you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 16:5 - The LORD is the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
You support H8551 my lot.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 17:5 - My steps have held H8551 to Your [fn]paths.
My feet have not slipped.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 41:12 - As for me, You uphold H8551 me in my integrity,
And You place me in Your presence forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 63:8 - My soul clings [fn]to You;
Your right hand takes H8551 hold H8551 of me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:18 - She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her,
And happy are those who hold H8551 on to her.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:4 - He taught me and said to me,
“Let your heart take H8551 hold H8551 of my words;
Keep my commandments and live;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 5:5 - Her feet go down to death,
Her steps take H8551 hold H8551 of Sheol.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 5:22 - His own wrongdoings will trap the wicked,
And he will be held H8551 by the ropes of his sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:16 - A gracious woman attains H8551 honor,
And ruthless men attain H8551 riches.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:17 - A person who is burdened with the guilt of human blood
Will [fn]be a fugitive until death; no one is to support H8551 him!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 29:23 - A person’s pride will bring him low,
But a humble spirit will obtain H8551 honor.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:19 - She stretches out her hands to the [fn]distaff,
And her [fn]hands grasp H8551 the spindle.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 33:15 - One who walks righteously and speaks with integrity,
One who rejects [fn]unjust gain
And shakes his hands so that they hold H8551 no bribe;
One who stops his ears from hearing about bloodshed
And shuts his eyes from looking at evil;
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 41:10 - ‘Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not be afraid, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, I will also help you,
I will also uphold H8551 you with My righteous right hand.’
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 42:1 - “Behold, My Servant, whom I [fn]uphold H8551;
My chosen one in whom My soul delights.
I have put My Spirit upon Him;
He will bring forth justice to the [fn]nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 1:5 - “I will also break the gate bar of Damascus,
And eliminate every inhabitant from the [fn]Valley of Aven,
As well as him who holds H8551 the scepter, from Beth-eden;
So the people of Aram will be exiled to Kir,”
Says the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 1:8 - “I will also eliminate every inhabitant from Ashdod,
As well as him who holds H8551 the scepter, from Ashkelon;
And I will direct My [fn]power against Ekron,
And the remnant of the Philistines will perish,”
Says the Lord [fn]GOD.

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