Greek/Hebrew Definitions

Strong's #8551: tamak (pronounced 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).

Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon:



1) to grasp, hold, support, attain, lay hold of, hold fast

1a) (Qal)

1a1) to grasp, lay hold of, attain

1a2) to hold up, support

1a3) to hold, keep

1a4) to take hold of each other

1b) (Niphal) to be seized, be held

Part of Speech: verb

Relation: a primitive root


This word is used 21 times:

Genesis 48:17: "the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father's hand, to remove"
Exodus 17:12: "thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side,"
Job 36:17: "of the wicked: judgment and justice take hold"
Psalms 16:5: "of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot."
Psalms 17:5: " Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not."
Psalms 41:12: "And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face forever."
Psalms 63:8: "followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth"
Proverbs 3:18: "of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth"
Proverbs 4:4: "He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live."
Proverbs 5:5: "go down to death; her steps take hold on hell."
Proverbs 5:22: "shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins."
Proverbs 11:16: "A gracious woman retaineth honor: and strong men retain riches."
Proverbs 11:16: "retaineth honor: and strong men retain riches."
Proverbs 28:17: "to the pit; let no man stay"
Proverbs 29:23: "pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit."
Proverbs 31:19: "her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff."
Isaiah 33:15: "of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears"
Isaiah 41:10: "thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."
Isaiah 42:1: "Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit"
Amos 1:5: "the inhabitant from the plain of Aven, and him that holdeth the scepter from the house of Eden:"
Amos 1:8: "And I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, and him that holdeth the scepter from Ashkelon,"

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