Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #05081 - נָדִיב
1) inclined, willing, noble, generous (adjective)
1a) incited, inclined, willing
1b) noble, princely (in rank)
1c) noble (in mind and character)
2) noble one (noun masculine)
V) bdn (נדב NDB) - Offer: To offer something from a willing heart. [Hebrew and Aramaic] KJV (21): (vf: Paal, Hitpael) willingly, offer, freely, freewill, offering - Strongs: H5068 (נָדַב), H5069 (נְדַב)
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נָדִיב m. (from the root נָדַב.
(1) voluntary, willing, spontaneous, ready, 1 Chronicles 28:21 more fully נְדִיב לִבּוֹ “willing of heart,” Exodus 35:5, 22 Exodus 35:22; 2 Chronicles 29:31 (see נָדַב Kal and Hithp.); Psalms 51:14, רוּחַ נְדִיבָה “a ready spirit.”
(2) giving spontaneously, i.e. liberal, Proverbs 19:6 hence
(3) generous, noble (which, indeed, amongst the Orientals is closely connected with liberality in giving), used of character, Isaiah 32:5, Isaiah 32:8; Proverbs 17:7, 26 Proverbs 17:26. It is applied
(4) to nobility of race, and is a subst., a prince, Job 34:18; Psalms 107:40, 113:8 118:9 Proverbs 25:7; 1 Samuel 2:8 used even in a bad sense, a tyrant, Job 21:28; Isaiah 13:2, compare משְׁלִים.-In many of the significations this word agrees with its synonym נָגִיד; but their order is exactly contrary. This word, from the idea of readiness and liberality of mind, which it originally means, has been applied to nobility of race; נָגִיד, from the original idea of a leader and ruler, is applied to those virtues which become a prince.
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