Greek/Hebrew Definitions

Strong's #5647: `abad (pronounced aw-bad')

a primitive root; to work (in any sense); by implication, to serve, till, (causatively) enslave, etc.:--X be, keep in bondage, be bondmen, bond-service, compel, do, dress, ear, execute, + husbandman, keep, labour(-ing man, bring to pass, (cause to, make to) serve(-ing, self), (be, become) servant(-s), do (use) service, till(-er), transgress (from margin), (set a) work, be wrought, worshipper,

Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon:


1) to work, serve

1a) (Qal)

1a1) to labour, work, do work

1a2) to work for another, serve another by labour

1a3) to serve as subjects

1a4) to serve (God)

1a5) to serve (with Levitical service)

1b) (Niphal)

1b1) to be worked, be tilled (of land)

1b2) to make oneself a servant

1c) (Pual) to be worked

1d) (Hiphil)

1d1) to compel to labour or work, cause to labour, cause to serve

1d2) to cause to serve as subjects

1e) (Hophal) to be led or enticed to serve

Part of Speech: verb

Relation: a primitive root


This word is used 288 times:

Genesis 2:5: "the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground."
Genesis 2:15: "and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep"
Genesis 3:23: "sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence"
Genesis 4:2: "of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground."
Genesis 4:12: "When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength;"
Genesis 14:4: "Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth"
Genesis 15:13: "shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred"
Genesis 15:14: "that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward"
Genesis 25:23: "and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger."
Genesis 27:29: "Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother's"
Genesis 27:40: "And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion,"
Genesis 29:15: "Because thou art my brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for naught? tell me, what shall thy wages"
Genesis 29:18: "Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger"
Genesis 29:20: "And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few"
Genesis 29:25: "is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled"
Genesis 29:27: "also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other"
Genesis 29:30: "Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven"
Genesis 30:26: "my wives and my children, for whom I have served thee, and let me go: for thou"
Genesis 30:26: "knowest my service which I have done"
Genesis 30:29: "knowest how I have served thee, and how thy cattle was with"
Genesis 31:6: "that with all my power I have served your father."
Genesis 31:41: "have I been twenty years in thy house; I served thee fourteen years for thy two"
Genesis 49:15: "his shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute."
Exodus 1:13: "made the children of Israel to serve with rigor:"
Exodus 1:14: "all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigor."
Exodus 3:12: "the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon"
Exodus 4:23: "thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I"
Exodus 5:18: "Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the tale"
Exodus 6:5: "of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant."
Exodus 7:16: "Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: and, behold, hitherto"
Exodus 8:1: "Let my people go, that they may serve"
Exodus 8:20: "the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve"
Exodus 9:1: "of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve"
Exodus 9:13: "Let my people go, that they may serve"
Exodus 10:3: "to humble thyself before me? let my people go, that they may serve"
Exodus 10:7: "a snare unto us? let the men go, that they may serve the LORD their God:"
Exodus 10:8: "and he said unto them, Go, serve the LORD your God: but who"
Exodus 10:11: "go now ye that are men, and serve the LORD; for that ye"
Exodus 10:24: "Moses, and said, Go ye, serve the LORD; only let your flocks"
Exodus 10:26: "for thereof must we take to serve the LORD our God; and we"
Exodus 10:26: "know not with what we must serve the LORD, until we come"
Exodus 12:31: "and the children of Israel; and go, serve the LORD, as ye have said."
Exodus 13:5: "flowing with milk and honey, that thou shalt keep this service in this"
Exodus 14:5: "we have let Israel go from serving"
Exodus 14:12: "we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians?"
Exodus 14:12: "that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians,"
Exodus 20:5: "Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God"
Exodus 20:9: "Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work:"
Exodus 21:2: "servant, six years he shall serve: and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing."
Exodus 21:6: "and his master shall bore his ear through with an awl; and he shall serve him forever."

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