Greek/Hebrew Definitions

Strong's #1245: baqash (pronounced baw-kash')

a primitive root; to search out (by any method, specifically in worship or prayer); by implication, to strive after:--ask, beg, beseech, desire, enquire, get, make inquisition, procure, (make) request, require, seek (for).

Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon:



1) to seek, require, desire, exact, request

1a) (Piel)

1a1) to seek to find

1a2) to seek to secure

1a3) to seek the face

1a4) to desire, demand

1a5) to require, exact

1a6) to ask, request

1b) (Pual) to be sought

Part of Speech: verb

Relation: a primitive root


This word is used 225 times:

Genesis 31:39: "thee; I bore the loss of it; of my hand didst thou require it, whether stolen by day, or stolen"
Genesis 37:15: "asked What seekest"
Genesis 37:16: "And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee,"
Genesis 43:9: "I will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require him: if I bring him not"
Genesis 43:30: "did yearn upon his brother: and he sought where to weep; and he entered into his chamber, and wept"
Exodus 2:15: "this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses"
Exodus 4:19: "all the men are dead which sought thy life."
Exodus 4:24: "in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill"
Exodus 10:11: "for that ye did desire. And they were driven out from Pharaoh's"
Exodus 33:7: "it the Tabernacle of the congregation. And it came to pass, that every one which sought the LORD went out unto"
Leviticus 19:31: "not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, by them: I"
Numbers 16:10: "thy brethren the sons of Levi with thee: and seek also?"
Numbers 35:23: "and was not his enemy, neither sought his harm:"
Deuteronomy 4:29: "But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if"
Deuteronomy 13:10: "him with stones, that he die; because he hath sought to thrust thee away from"
Joshua 2:22: "the pursuers were returned: and the pursuers sought them throughout all the way, but found them not."
Joshua 22:23: "offerings thereon, let the LORD himself require"
Judges 4:22: "the man whom thou seekest. And when he came into her tent, behold, Sisera"
Judges 6:29: "this And when they inquired and asked, they said, Gideon the son of Joash"
Judges 14:4: "was of the LORD, he sought an occasion against the Philistines:"
Judges 18:1: "days of the Danites sought them an inheritance to dwell in; for unto"
Ruth 3:1: "said unto her, My daughter, shall I not seek rest it may be well"
1 Samuel 9:3: "of the servants with thee, and arise, go seek the asses."
1 Samuel 10:2: "unto thee, The asses which thou wentest to seek are found: and, lo, thy father"
1 Samuel 10:14: "Whither ye? And he said, To seek the asses: and when we saw that"
1 Samuel 10:21: "the son of Kish was taken: and when they sought him, he could not be found."
1 Samuel 13:14: "shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man and the LORD hath commanded"
1 Samuel 14:4: "the passages, by which Jonathan sought to go over unto garrison,"
1 Samuel 16:16: "command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, player on a harp:"
1 Samuel 19:2: "saying, Saul my father seeketh to kill thee: now therefore, I pray thee, take heed to thyself"
1 Samuel 19:10: "And Saul sought to smite David even to the wall with the javelin; but he slipped away"
1 Samuel 20:1: "is my sin before thy father, that he seeketh my life?"
1 Samuel 20:16: "the house of David, saying, Let the LORD even require of David's enemies."
1 Samuel 22:23: "not: for he that seeketh my life seeketh"
1 Samuel 22:23: "seeketh my life seeketh thy life: but with"
1 Samuel 23:10: "hath certainly heard Saul seeketh to come to Keilah,"
1 Samuel 23:14: "in the wilderness And Saul sought him every day, but God delivered"
1 Samuel 23:15: "that Saul was come out to seek and David was in the wilderness"
1 Samuel 23:25: "Saul also and his men went to seek him. And they told David: wherefore he came down"
1 Samuel 24:2: "out of all and went to seek David and his men"
1 Samuel 24:9: "saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?"
1 Samuel 25:26: "and from avenging thyself with thine own hand, now let thine enemies, and they that seek evil to my lord,"
1 Samuel 25:29: "Yet a man is risen to pursue thee, and to seek thy soul: but the soul"
1 Samuel 26:2: "men of Israel with him, to seek David in the wilderness of Ziph."
1 Samuel 26:20: "for the king of Israel is come out to seek a flea, as when"
1 Samuel 27:1: "of the Philistines; and Saul shall despair of me, to seek me any more in any coast"
1 Samuel 27:4: "David was fled to Gath: and he sought more again"
1 Samuel 28:7: "Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit,"
2 Samuel 3:17: "the elders of Israel, saying, Ye sought for David in times"
2 Samuel 4:8: "of Saul thine enemy, which sought thy life; and the LORD hath avenged"

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