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Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #3190 - יָטַב
1) to be good, be pleasing, be well, be glad
1a1) to be glad, be joyful
1a2) to be well placed
1a3) to be well for, be well with, go well with
1a4) to be pleasing, be pleasing to
1b1) to make glad, rejoice
1b2) to do good to, deal well with
1b3) to do well, do thoroughly
1b4) to make a thing good or right or beautiful
1b5) to do well, do right
1186) bu (תהב ThB) AC: ? CO: ? AB: Good: The pictograph u is a picture of a basket, used to contain or surround something. The b is a picture of a tent or house. Combined these mean "surround the house". The house is surrounded by grace, beauty, love, health and prosperity, something that is functional.
Nf) bfu (תהוב ThWB) - Good: Something that functions properly. KJV (591): good, better, well, goodness, goodly, best, merry, fair, prosperity, precious, fine, wealth, beautiful, fairer, favour, glad - Strongs: H2896 (טוֹב), H2898 (טוּב)
V) bui (יתהב YThB) - Good: To be good such as in being functional. [Hebrew and Aramaic] KJV (108): (vf: Paal, Hiphil) well, good, please, merry, amend, better, accepted, diligently - Strongs: H3190 (יָטַב), H3191 (יְטַב)
Jeff Benner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
יָטַב i.q. טוֹב, only used in the fut. יִיטַב, יִטַב (once תֵּיטְבִי Nahum 3:8 in pret. use is made of the verb טוֹב).
(1) to be good, Nahum 3:8. Mostly used impers.
(a) יִיטַב לִי “it will be well for me.” Genesis 12:13, 40:14 Deuteronomy 4:40.
(b) וַיִּיטַב בְּעֵינַי “it was good in my eyes,” i.e. “I was pleased.” Genesis 41:37, 45:16 Leviticus 10:19, 20 Leviticus 10:20 more rarely followed by לִפְנֵי Esther 5:14; Nehemiah 2:5, followed by לְ Psalms 69:32.
(2) to be merry, joyful, of the mind (לֵב). Judges 19:16; Ruth 3:7; Ecclesiastes 7:3.
Hiphil הֵיטִיב fut. יֵיטִיב, once יֵיטִיב.
(1) to do well, or rightly (any things which have been done), Deuteronomy 5:25, הֵיטִיבוּ כָּל־אֲשֶׁר דִּבֵּרוּ “they have done well (as to) whatever they have said,” i.e. they have well spoken. Deuteronomy 18:17. Followed by a gerund. Jeremiah 1:12, הֵיטַבְתָּ לִרְאוֹת “thou hast seen rightly.” 1 Samuel 16:17, מֵיטִיב לְנַגֵּן “who can play well,” i.e. skilfully; without לְ poetically Isaiah 23:16. Inf. absol. הֵיטֵב in doing well, or rightly, adv. well, accurately, fitly. Deuteronomy 9:21, 13:15 17:4 19:18 27:8. הֵיטִיב דְּרָכָיו Jeremiah 2:33, 7:3, ה׳ מַעֲלָלִים Jeremiah 35:15, to act, or live, well, or honestly, without accus. elliptically, Jerem. 4:22, וּלְהֵיטִיב לֹא יָדָֽעוּ “they know not to do well.” Jeremiah 13:23. Inf. adv. honestly, rightly. Jonah 4:9.
(2) to do good to any one, followed by a dat. Genesis 12:16; Exodus 1:20 followed by an acc. Deuteronomy 8:16, 30:5 followed by עִם Genesis 32:10, 13 Genesis 32:13; Numbers 10:32.
(3) to make merry, Judges 19:22.
(4) to fit, to adjust (to trim), Germ. zurechtmachen (Syr. ܛܰܝܶܒ), as lamps, Exodus 30:7 to adorn the head, i.e. to put the locks in order, 2 Kings 9:30.
(5) intrans. to be good, Micah 2:7 hence followed by אֶל to please, as in Kal, 1 Samuel 20:13.
Hence מֵיטָב [and יָטְבָתָה].
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