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Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #5254 - נָסָה
1) to test, try, prove, tempt, assay, put to the proof or test
1a1) to test, try
1a2) to attempt, assay, try
1a3) to test, try, prove, tempt
1314) xn (נס NS) AC: Lift CO: Standard AB: Refuge: The pictograph n is a picture of a seed representing continuance, the x is a picture of a thorn representing the idea of grabbing hold. Combined these mean "continue to grab hold". The tribal flag that is hung from a horizontal pole and lifted up high and seen from a distance.
V) axn (נסא NSA) - Lift: To lift up a burden or load and carry it. [Hebrew and Aramaic] [df: aVn] KJV (659): (vf: Paal, Niphal, Hiphil, Hitpael, Piel) bear, take, bare, carry, borne, amourbearer, forgive, accept, exalt, regard, obtain, respect - Strongs: H4984 (מִתְנַשֵּׂא), H5375 (נָסָה), H5376 (נְשָׂא)
af2 ) taxnm (מנסאת MNSAT) - I. Burden:[df: taVm]II. Cloud:A cloud of smoke as lifted up from the fire. [df: taVm]KJV (15): burden, mess, collection, flame, gift, oblation, reward, sign, lift - Strongs: H4864 (מַשְׂאֵת)
bm ) aixn (נסיא NSYA) - Chief: The leader of a family, tribe or people as one who carries the burdens of the people. [df: ayVn aVn] KJV (132): prince, captain, chief, ruler, vapour, governor, cloud - Strongs: H5387 (נָשִׁא)
V) xfn (נוס NWS) - Flee: To run to the standard for safety. Also a fleeing to any safe place such as a city or mountain. KJV (161): (vf: Paal, Hiphil) flee, abate, display, flight, hide, lift - Strongs: H5127 (נוּס)
Jeff Benner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
נָסָה not used in Kal pr. i.q. Arab. نشا to smell, to try by the smell, to try. The primary idea differs from that of בָּחַן, which is to try by the touch, as if to prove by a touch-stone.
(1) to try, to prove any one. 1 Kings 10:1, “the queen of Sheba came, לְנַסֹּתוֹ בְּחִידוֹת to prove him with hard questions;” to examine the wisdom of Solomon, 2 Chronicles 9:1; Daniel 1:12, 14. Specially
(a) God is said to try or prove men by adversity, in order to prove their faith, Genesis 22:1; Exodus 16:4; Deuteronomy 8:2, 16 13:4 Judges 2:22 compare πειράζειν in New Test.
(b) men on the other hand are said to prove or tempt God, when they doubt as to his power and aid, Exodus 17:2, Exodus 17:7; Deuteronomy 6:16; Psalms 78:18, 41 Psalms 78:41, 56 Psalms 78:56; Isaiah 7:12, “I will not ask, neither will I tempt Jehovah.”
(2) to try, to attempt, make a trial, to venture.
(a) absol. 1 Samuel 17:39, כִּי־לֹא נִסִּיתִי “for I have made no trial.” Judges 6:39.
(b) followed by an inf. Deuteronomy 4:34, 28:56.
(c) followed by an acc. of the thing, Job 4:2, הֲנִסָּה דָבָר אֵלֶיךָ תִלְאֶה “can one attempt a word with thee? wilt thou take it ill?”
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