Greek/Hebrew Definitions

Strong's #995: biyn (pronounced bene)

a primitive root; to separate mentally (or distinguish), i.e.(generally) understand:--attend, consider, be cunning, diligently, direct, discern, eloquent, feel, inform, instruct, have intelligence, know, look well to, mark, perceive, be prudent, regard, (can) skill(-full), teach, think, (cause, make to, get, give, have) understand(-ing), view, (deal) wise(-ly, man).

Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon:



1) to discern, understand, consider

1a) (Qal)

1a1) to perceive, discern

1a2) to understand, know (with the mind)

1a3) to observe, mark, give heed to,distinguish, consider

1a4) to have discernment, insight, understanding

1b) (Niphal) to be discerning, intelligent, discreet, have understanding

1c) (Hiphil)

1c1) to understand

1c2) to cause to understand, give understanding, teach

1d) (Hithpolel) to show oneself discerning or attentive, consider diligently

1e) (Polel) to teach, instruct

2) (TWOT) prudent, regard

Part of Speech: verb

Relation: a primitive root


This word is used 169 times:

Genesis 41:33: "therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land"
Genesis 41:39: "all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou"
Deuteronomy 1:13: "Take you wise men, and understanding, among your tribes, and I will make them rulers"
Deuteronomy 4:6: "great nation is a wise and understanding people."
Deuteronomy 32:7: "Remember the days of old, consider of many generations: ask"
Deuteronomy 32:10: "wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye."
Deuteronomy 32:29: "they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!"
1 Samuel 3:8: "am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the LORD had called the child."
1 Samuel 16:18: "valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD"
2 Samuel 12:19: "his servants David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David"
1 Kings 3:9: "thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for"
1 Kings 3:11: "hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;"
1 Kings 3:12: "lo, thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none"
1 Kings 3:21: "to give my child suck, behold, but when I had considered it in the morning,"
1 Chronicles 15:22: "about the song, because he was skillful."
1 Chronicles 25:7: "of the LORD, even all that were cunning, was two hundred fourscore and eight."
1 Chronicles 25:8: "against as the great, the teacher as the scholar."
1 Chronicles 27:32: "David's uncle was a counselor, a wise man, and a scribe: and Jehiel the son"
1 Chronicles 28:9: "searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if"
2 Chronicles 11:23: " And he dealt wisely, and dispersed of all his children the countries of Judah"
2 Chronicles 26:5: "And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as"
2 Chronicles 34:12: "to set it forward; and other of the Levites, all that could skill of instruments of music."
Ezra 8:15: "abode we in tents three days: and I viewed the people, and the priests, and found there"
Ezra 8:16: "chief men; also for Joiarib, and for Elnathan, men of understanding."
Nehemiah 8:2: "both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh"
Nehemiah 8:3: "midday, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people"
Nehemiah 8:7: "and the Levites, caused the people to understand the law: and the people stood in their place."
Nehemiah 8:8: "and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading."
Nehemiah 8:9: "the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all"
Nehemiah 8:12: "great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared"
Nehemiah 10:28: "their sons, and their daughters, every one having knowledge, and having understanding;"
Nehemiah 13:7: "And I came to Jerusalem, and understood of the evil Eliashib did for Tobiah,"
Job 6:24: "Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand I have erred."
Job 6:30: "in my tongue? cannot discern perverse things?"
Job 9:11: "me, and I see he passeth on also, but I perceive him not."
Job 11:11: "he seeth wickedness also; will he not then consider"
Job 13:1: "all hath heard and understood"
Job 14:21: "and he knoweth it not; but he perceiveth it not of them."
Job 15:9: "knowest thou, that we know not? what understandest thou, which is not in"
Job 18:2: "How long will it be ere ye make an end of words? mark, and afterwards we will speak."
Job 23:5: "I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand he would say"
Job 23:8: "but he is not but I cannot perceive"
Job 23:15: "Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, of"
Job 26:14: "of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?"
Job 28:23: "God understandeth the way thereof, and he the place"
Job 30:20: "thee, and thou dost not hear and thou regardest"
Job 31:1: "a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?"
Job 32:8: "in man: and the inspiration giveth them understanding."
Job 32:9: "men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment."
Job 32:12: " Yea, I attended unto you, and, behold, there was none you that convinced Job, or that answered"

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