Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #2713 - חָקַר
1) to search, search for, search out, examine, investigate
1a1) to search (for)
1a2) to search through, explore
1a3) to examine thoroughly
1b1) to be searched out, be found out, be ascertained, be examined
1c) (Piel) to search out, seek out
Jeff Brenner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
חָקַר fut. יַחְקֹר (Job 13:9) to search, to investigate. (The primary idea is perhaps that of searching in the earth by digging, so that kindred roots are נָקַר, כָּרָה, see מֶחְקָר Psalms 95:4.) Const. absol. Deuteronomy 13:15; Ezekiel 39:14 followed by acc. of person or thing, to explore, search out, as a country, Judges 18:2 (to taste) food or drink, Proverbs 23:30 wisdom, Job 28:27 the mind of any one, 1 Samuel 20:12; Psalms 139:1. Proverbs 28:11, “a rich man seems to himself to be wise, וְדַל מֵבִין יַחְקְרֶנּוּ but a poor man who has understanding searches him.” LXX. καταγνώσεται. Aqu. Theod. ἐξιχνιάσει.
Piel, i.q. Kal. Ecclesiastes 12:9.
Niphal, pass. of Kal. Jeremiah 31:37. 1 Kings 7:47, לֹא נֶחְקֵר מִשְׁקַל נְחשֶׁת “the weight of the brass could not be searched out,” comp. אֵין חֵקֶר.
Hence מֶחְקָר and
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