Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #7291 - רָדַף
1) to be behind, follow after, pursue, persecute, run after
1a1) to pursue, put to flight, chase, dog, attend closely upon
1a2) to persecute, harass (figuratively)
1a3) to follow after, aim to secure (figuratively)
1a4) to run after (a bribe) (figuratively)
1b1) to be pursued
1b2) one pursued (participle)
1c) (Piel) to pursue ardently, aim eagerly to secure, pursue
1d) (Pual) to be pursued, be chased away
1e) (Hiphil) to pursue, chase
V) pdr (רדפ RDP) - Pursue: To pursue in chase or persecution. KJV (143): (vf: Paal, Niphal, Hiphil, Pual, Piel, Participle) pursue, persecute, follow, chase, persecutors, pursuer, flight - Strongs: H7291 (רָדַף)
Jeff Brenner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
רָדַף fut. יִרְדֹּף
(1) to follow after earnestly, to pursue; followed by an acc., Psalms 23:6 and אַחֲרֵי Judges 3:28, רִדְפוּ אַחֲרַי “follow after me quickly.” Figuratively to follow after, e.g. righteousness, Proverbs 21:21 peace, Psalms 34:15 (also wickedness, Psalms 119:150); the wind, Hosea 12:2.
(2) to persecute in a hostile sense; Absol. Genesis 14:14 followed by an acc., verse 15 Genesis 14:15 followed by אַחֲרֵי Genesis 35:5; Exodus 14:4 אֶל Judges 7:25 לְ Job 19:28.
(3) to put to flight, Leviticus 26:36.
Niphal, pass. of Kal, Lamentations 5:5. Part, נִרְדָּף Ecclesiastes 3:15, that which is past; pr. driven away, chased away.
Piel, i.q. Kal; but only used in poetry.
(1) to follow after any one, Proverbs 12:11, 28:19 justice, Proverbs 15:9, 19:7, “he pursues words,” i.e. (the poor man) catches at the words of retiring friends, and trusts in them.
(2) to persecute in a hostile manner, Nahum 1:8; Proverbs 13:21.
Pual, to be driven away, to be scattered, Isaiah 17:13.
Hiphil, to pursue, Judges 20:43.
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