Greek/Hebrew Definitions

Strong's #7503: raphah (pronounced raw-faw')

a primitive root; to slacken (in many applications, literal or figurative):--abate, cease, consume, draw (toward evening), fail, (be) faint, be (wax) feeble, forsake, idle, leave, let alone (go, down), (be) slack, stay, be still, be slothful, (be) weak(-en). See 7495.

Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon:


1) to sink, relax, sink down, let drop, be disheartened

1a) (Qal)

1a1) to sink down

1a2) to sink, drop

1a3) to sink, relax, abate

1a4) to relax, withdraw

1b) (Niphal) idle (participle)

1c) (Piel) to let drop

1d) (Hiphil)

1d1) to let drop, abandon, relax, refrain, forsake

1d2) to let go

1d3) to refrain, let alone

1d4) to be quiet

1e) (Hithpael) to show oneself slack

Part of Speech: verb

Relation: a primitive root


This word is used 46 times:

Exodus 4:26: " So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision."
Exodus 5:8: "diminish aught thereof: for they be idle; therefore they"
Exodus 5:17: "But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say,"
Exodus 5:17: "But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say,"
Deuteronomy 4:31: "is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget"
Deuteronomy 9:14: " Let me alone, that I may destroy them, and blot out their name from under"
Deuteronomy 31:6: "he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake"
Deuteronomy 31:8: "will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not,"
Joshua 1:5: "so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake"
Joshua 10:6: "the camp to Gilgal, saying, Slack not thy hand from thy servants;"
Joshua 18:3: "of Israel, How long are ye slack to go to possess"
Judges 8:3: "to do in comparison of you? Then their anger was abated toward him, when he had said that."
Judges 11:37: "Let this thing be done for me: let me alone two months, that I may go up"
Judges 19:9: "unto him, Behold, now the day draweth toward evening, I pray you tarry all night: behold,"
1 Samuel 11:3: "unto him, Give us seven days' respite, that we may send messengers unto all the coasts"
1 Samuel 15:16: "said unto Saul, Stay, and I will tell thee what the LORD"
2 Samuel 4:1: "was dead in Hebron, his hands were feeble, and all the Israelites were troubled."
2 Samuel 24:16: "that destroyed the people, It is enough: stay now thine hand. And the angel of the LORD"
2 Kings 4:27: "And the man of God said, Let her alone; for her soul is vexed within her: and the LORD"
1 Chronicles 21:15: "to the angel that destroyed, It is enough, stay now thine hand. And the angel of the LORD"
1 Chronicles 28:20: "even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished"
2 Chronicles 15:7: "Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be"
Ezra 4:4: "Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building,"
Nehemiah 6:3: "why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to"
Nehemiah 6:9: "made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not"
Job 7:19: "depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?"
Job 12:21: "contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the mighty."
Job 27:6: "My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live."
Psalms 37:8: " Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise"
Psalms 46:10: " Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted"
Psalms 138:8: "me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth forever: forsake not the works of thine own hands."
Proverbs 4:13: "Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life."
Proverbs 18:9: "He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster."
Proverbs 24:10: " If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small."
Song of Solomon 3:4: "him whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go, until"
Isaiah 5:24: "devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness,"
Isaiah 13:7: "Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart"
Jeremiah 6:24: "the fame thereof: our hands wax feeble: anguish hath taken hold of us, and pain, as of a woman in travail."
Jeremiah 38:4: "for thus he weakeneth the hands of the men"
Jeremiah 49:24: "Damascus is waxed feeble, and turneth herself to flee, and fear hath seized on her: anguish and sorrows"
Jeremiah 50:43: "the report of them, and his hands waxed feeble: anguish took hold of him, and pangs as of a woman in travail."
Ezekiel 1:24: "as the noise of a host: when they stood, they let down their wings."
Ezekiel 1:25: "that was over their heads, when they stood, and had let down their wings."
Ezekiel 7:17: "All hands shall be feeble, and all knees shall be weak as water."
Ezekiel 21:7: "heart shall melt, and all hands shall be feeble, and every spirit shall faint,"
Zephaniah 3:16: "and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack."

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