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Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #2656 - חֵפֶץ
1) delight, pleasure
1b) desire, longing
1c) the good pleasure
1d) that in which one takes delight
Jeff Brenner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
חֵפֶץ m. with suff. חֶפְצִי [pl. חֲפָצִים]
(1) delight. 1 Samuel 15:22; Psalms 1:2, 16:3 1 Kings 10:13, כָּל־חֶפְצָהּ “every thing in which she delighted.” דִּבְרֵי חֵפֶץ pleasant, acceptable words, Ecclesiastes 12:10, 5:3, אֵין חֵפֶץ בַּכְּסִילִים “(God) has no pleasure in fools.”
(2) desire, will, Job 31:16.
(3) something precious (comp. חֶמֶד). אַבְנֵי־חֵפֶץ precious stones, Isaiah 54:12 plural חֲפָצִים precious things, Proverbs 3:15, 8:11.
(4) pursuit, ardour, hence affair, matter, LXX. πρᾶγμα Ecclesiastes 3:1, וְעֵת לְכָל־חֵפֶץ “and its own time for every thing,” i.e. all things are fleeting and unenduring, nothing is stable and everlasting. 5:7, אַל־תִּתְמַהּ עַל הַחֶפֶץ “marvel not at this thing.” The origin of this signification may be seen from passages such as these, Isaiah 53:10, חֵפֶץ יְהֹוָה בְּיָדוֹ יִצְלַח “the affairs of Jehovah shall prosper in his hand,” Isaiah 44:28, 58:3, 13 Isaiah 58:13; Job 21:21, 22:3. (Similar to this is the Syriac ܨܒܘܽ a thing, an affair, from ܨܒܐܳ i.q. חָפֵץ to will, desire.)
the Week of Proper 6 / Ordinary 11