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Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary

Entry for Strong's #4478 - מָן

Word Origin
from (04100)
Parts of Speech
Noun Masculine
Word Definition [ Brown-Drivers-Briggs | Strong ]
Brown-Driver-Briggs' Definition

1) manna

1a) the bread from Heaven that fed the Israelites for 40 years of wilderness wanderings

1b) means ‘What is it?’

Greek Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 3131 ‑ μάννα (man'‑nah);  4632 ‑ σκεῦος (skyoo'‑os);  4169 ‑ ποῖος (poy'‑os);  
Frequency Lists  [ Book | Word ]
Verse Results
KJV (14) NAS (14) HCS (14)
Exodus 4
Numbers 3
Deuteronomy 2
Joshua 1
Nehemiah 1
Psalms 1
Exodus 4
Numbers 3
Deuteronomy 2
Joshua 1
Nehemiah 1
Psalms 1
Exodus 5
Numbers 3
Deuteronomy 2
Joshua 2
Nehemiah 1
Psalms 1
P-p 2
n-cms 10
p-ii 1
P-p 2
n-cms 10
p-ii 1
P-p 2
n-cms 10
p-ii 1

Ancient Hebrew Lexicon Definitions

1290) nm (מנ MN) AC: Firm CO: Kind AB: Sure: The pictograph m is a picture of water or other liquid such as blood, the n is a picture of a seed representing continuance. Combined these mean "blood continues". Each species (kind) continues by passing its blood to the following generation, which comes from the parent. Also the idea of strength through the blood. (eng: man; name - a reversal of the letters; animal; omen)

A) nm (מנ MN) AC: ? CO: Portion AB: What: What comes from something else as one kind comes from the same.

Nm) nm (מנ MN) - What: Also who or where. [Hebrew and Aramaic] KJV (26): manna, whosoever, who, whoso, what, instrument, from, of - Strongs: H4478 (מָן), H4479 (מַן), H4482 (מֵן)

Nf1) enm (מנה MNH) - Portion: A set amount. KJV (14): portion, part, belonged - Strongs: H4490 (מָנָה)

Nf2) tnm (מנת MNT) - Portion: What belongs to someone or something. KJV (7): portion - Strongs: H4521 (מְנָת)

B) nnm (מננ MNN) AC: ? CO: Number AB: ?: A numbering of a kind.

ebm) ninim (מינינ MYNYN) - Number: [Aramaic only] KJV (1): number - Strongs: H4510 (מִנְיָן)

C) nma (אמנ AMN) AC: Firm CO: Pillar AB: ?: Something that grabs hold or supports something else. The passing of strength or skill to the next generation. A large group of the same kind are stronger than one.

V) na (אמנ AMN) - Firm: To stand firm as a support. [Hebrew and Aramaic] KJV (111): (vf: Paal, Niphal, Hiphil) believe, assurance, faithful, sure, establish, trust, verify, steadfast, continuance, father, bring up, nurse, stand, fail - Strongs: H539 (אָמַן), H540 (אֲמַן)

Nm) nma (אמנ AMN) - I. Craftsman:One who is firm in his talents. II. Amen:An affirmation of firmness and support. KJV (31): workman, amen, truly, so be it - Strongs: H542 (אָמָּן), H543 (אָמֵן)

Nf1) enma (אמנה AMNH) - I. Sure:What is firm. II. Nourished:One given support through food. KJV (5): sure, indeed, portion, brought up - Strongs: H545 (אָמְנָה), H546 (אָמְנָה), H548 (אֲמָנָה)

Nf2) tnma (אמנת AMNT) - Truth: What is firm. KJV (127): truth, true, truly, faithfully, assured, establishment, faithful, sure - Strongs: H571 (אֱמֶת)

cm) nfma (אמונ AMWN) - Craftsman: One who is firm in his talents. KJV (1): brought up - Strongs: H525 (אָמוֹן)

dm) nfma (אמונ AMWN) - Firmness: KJV (5): faithful, trusting, trusty - Strongs: H529 (אֵמוּן)

df1) enfma (אמונה AMWNH) - Firmness: KJV (49): faithfulness, truth, faithfully, office, faithful, faith, stability, steady, truly - Strongs: H530 (אֱמֻנָה)

gm) nmfa (אומנ AWMN) - Firmness: KJV (1): truth - Strongs: H544 (אֹמֶן)

gf1) enmfa (אומנה AWMNH) - Pil KJV (1): pillar - Strongs: H547 (אֹמְנָה)

pm ) mnma (אמנמ AMNM) - Sure: KJV (9): truth, indeed, true, surely, no doubt - Strongs: H551 (אָמְנָם)

opm) mnmfa (אומנמ AWMNM) - Sure: KJV (5): indeed, surety - Strongs: H552 (אֻמְנָם)

D) nam (מאנ MAN) AC: Refuse CO: ? AB: ?: A strength of the will.

V) nam (מאנ MAN) - Refuse: KJV (41): (vf: Piel) refuse - Strongs: H3985 (מָאַן)

Nm) nam (מאנ MAN) - Refuse: KJV (5): refuse - Strongs: H3986 (מָאֵן), H3987 (מֵאֵן)

H) enm (מנה MNH) AC: ? CO: Number AB: ?: The grouping together and counting of those that are of the same kind.

V) enm (מנה MNH) - Number: To count or number a set of things or people. [Hebrew and Aramaic] KJV (33): (vf: Paal, Niphal, Pual, Piel, Participle) number, prepare, appoint, tell, count, set - Strongs: H4483 (מְנָא), H4487 (מָנָה)

Nm) enm (מנה MNH) - Maneh: A unit of measurement. KJV (8): mene, maneh, pound - Strongs: H4484 (מְנֵא), H4488 (מָנֶה)

gm) enfm (מונה MWNH) - Time: A counting of time. KJV (2): time - Strongs: H4489 (מֹנֶה)

J) nfm (מונ MWN) AC: ? CO: ? AB: Likeness: Those of the same kind, look alike.

if1) enfmt (תמונה TMWNH) - Likeness: KJV (10): likeness, similitude, image - Strongs: H8544 (תִּמֻנָה)

L) nmi (ימנ YMN) AC: ? CO: Right AB: ?: The right hand as the strong hand. The Hebrews oriented direction according to the rising sun therefore, the south is to the right.

V) nmi (ימנ YMN) - Right: To turn or go to the right hand. [df: Nma] KJV (5): (vf: Hiphil) turn right - Strongs: H541 (אָמַן), H3231 (יָמַן)

bf ) nimi (ימינ YMYN) - Right: The right hand or the direction of the right hand. KJV (139): hand, right, side, south - Strongs: H3225 (יָמִין)

fm) inmi (ימני YMNY) - Right: The right hand or the direction of the right hand. KJV (33): right, right hand - Strongs: H3233 (יְמָנִי)

if) nmit (תימנ TYMN) - South: The direction the right hand points when oriented toward the rising sun. KJV (23): south, southward - Strongs: H8486 (תֵּמָן)

bfm) inimi (ימיני YMYNY) - Right: The right hand or the direction of the right hand. KJV (2): right - Strongs: H3227 (יְמִינִי)

M) nim (מינ MYN) AC: ? CO: Kind AB: ?

Nm ) nim (מינ MYN) - I. Kind:A category of species. [df: ynm]II. From:[Hebrew and Aramaic; The short form " m " is used as a prefix meaning "from"] KJV (165): kind, among, with, from, since, after, at, by, whether, of, part, before, because, therefore, out, for, than - Strongs: H4327 (מִין), H4480 (מִנֵּי), H4481 (מִן)

AHL Definitions Copyright: ©1999-2020
Jeff Brenner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
Brown-Driver-Briggs Expanded Definition
 I. מָן noun masculine Numbers 11:9 manna (= Arabic , known to Bedouin in Sinai Peninsula; a juice exuding in heavy drops from twigs (some say also the leaves) of ˆarfa (ˆªrfa) tree (tamarix gallica mannifera) in West Sinai Peninsula, end of May and in June, sweet, sticky, honey-like; compare Di Exodus 16:36 Rob BRi. 75,115, 590 Eb GS 233ff., 574ff. Soc ZMG xxxiv. 1881,254); — ׳מ absolute Exodus 16:15 12t., suffix מַנֵךָ Nehemiah 9:20: — manna: וַיּאֹמְרוּ מָן הוּא כִּי לֹא יָָֽדְעוּ מַההֿוּא Exodus 16:15; Exodus 16:31; Exodus 16:33; Exodus 16:35; Exodus 16:35; Numbers 11:6,7,9 (described Exodus 16:14,31; Numbers 11:7; accompare dew Exodus 16:14; Numbers 11:9); ceased after Israel reached Canaan Joshua 5:12 (twice in verse); as 2nd accusativeהֶאֱכִילְךָ אֶתהַֿמָּן Deuteronomy 8:3, compare Deuteronomy 8:16 מָן לֶאֱכֹל וַיַּמְטֵר עֲלֵיהֶם Psalm 78:24; וּמַנְךָ לֹאמָֿנַעְתָּ מִמִּיהֶם Nehemiah 9:20.

II. מָן in Exodus 16:15 (with reference to the manna) מַההֿוּא וַיּאֹמְרוּ אִישׁ אֶלאָֿחִיו מָן הוּא כִּי לֹא יָָֽדְעוּ, most probably 'What is it?' the question being intended as a popular etymology of מָן 'manna,' based upon the late Aramaic What ? (man is 'Who?' in Arabic, Aramaic מַן ), Mandaean (מאן), Ethiopic ( manu), 'What?' in these dialects being מָה מָא (Ethiopic ment); מָן in the sense of 'What?' must correspond to the later Syriac contracted from ᵑ7מָדֵין§ 68 W SG 125).

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Gesenius' Hebrew and Chaldee Definition

מָן with suffix מַנְּךָ (in some copies without Dag.) Nehemiah 9:20, manna Arabica, a sweet gum like honey, which, in Arabia, and other Oriental regions, exudes from the leaves of several trees and shrubs, especially those of the tamarisk kind; this takes place mostly in July and August, before sunrise. It is now [1833] more than ten years since some British naturalists have proved that certain insects, similar to the genus cimex, aid in producing the manna (see Hardwicke, in Asiatic Researches, xiv. p. 182, seq. Bombay Transactions, i. 251). This has since been more exactly confirmed by Ehrenberg, who informed me that the manna flows out after the leaves are punctured by the insects. Comp. Niebuhr’s Descr. of Arabia, p. 145; J. E. Fabri Historia Mannæ, in Fabri et Reiskii Opuscc., Med. Arab. p. 121. Exodus 16:31, seq.; Numbers 11:6. (Arab. هَنُّ id., pr. portion, gift, هن السما, from the root מָנַן. [It has been thought that] allusion is made to another etymology, Exodus 16:15, 31 Exodus 16:31 comp. Ch. מָן.) [No one who simply credits the inspired history of the giving of the manna can doubt that it was something miraculously given to the Israelites, and that it differed in its nature from any thing now known.]

מָן followed by Makk. מַן Ch.

(1)  who? what? Ezra 5:3, Ezra 5:9; Daniel 3:15 also in oblique interrogation, Ezra 5:4.

(2) מַן־דִּי whosoever, Daniel 3:6, 11 4:14.

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List of Word Forms
הַמָּ֖ן הַמָּ֜ן הַמָּ֥ן הַמָּן֙ המן וְהַמָּ֕ן וּמַנְךָ֙ והמן ומנך מָ֑ן מָ֣ן מָן֙ מן ham·mān hamMan hammān man mān ū·man·ḵā umanCha ūmanḵā vehamMan wə·ham·mān wəhammān
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