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Strong's #4959 - מָשַׁשׁ

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1) to feel, grope

1a) (Qal) to feel, grope

1b) (Piel) to feel over or through, grope

1b1) to feel through

1b2) to grope

1c) (Hiphil) to feel

Greek Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 2045 ‑ ἐραυνάω (er‑yoo‑nah'‑o);  5584 ‑ ψηλαφάω (psay‑laf‑ah'‑o);  
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Ancient Hebrew Lexicon Definitions

1297) sm (מסה MSh) AC: Touch CO: Silk AB: ?

A) sm (מסה MSh) AC: ? CO: Silk AB: ?: The soft touch of silk.

fm) ism (מסהי MShY) - Silk: A smooth costly material for making garments. KJV (2): silk - Strongs: H4897 (מֶשִׁי)

B) ssm (מסהסה MShSh) AC: Grope CO: ? AB: ?

V) ssm (מסהסה MShSh) - Grope: A groping around in the darkness to find something. KJV (9): (vf: Paal, Hiphil, Piel) grope, feel, search - Strongs: H4959 (מָשַׁשׁ)

C) sma (אמסה AMSh) AC: ? CO: Yesterday AB: ?: A time past. [Unknown connection to root]

Nm) sma (אמסה AMSh) - Yesterday: KJV (5): yesternight, former time, yesterday - Strongs: H570 (אֶמֶשׁ)

H) esm (מסהה MShH) AC: Draw CO: ? AB: ?: A grabbing hold of something to bring it close to you.

V) esm (מסהה MShH) - Draw: To draw or pull out. KJV (3): (vf: Paal, Hiphil) draw - Strongs: H4871 (מָשָׁה)

J) sfm (מוסה MWSh) AC: Touch CO: ? AB: ?

V) sfm (מוסה MWSh) - I. Touch: II. Remove:In the sense of grabbing hold. KJV (24): (vf: Paal, Hiphil) feel, handle, depart, remove, take, back, cease - Strongs: H4184 (מוּשׁ), H4185 (מוּשׁ)

L) smi (ימסה YMSh) AC: Touch CO: ? AB: ?

V) smi (ימסה YMSh) - Touch: KJV (1): (vf: Hiphil) feel - Strongs: H3237 (יָמַשׁ)

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Brown-Driver-Briggs Expanded Definition
 [מָשַׁשׁ] verb feel, grope (Late Hebrew id. Pi`el; Arabic feel; Ethiopic Di166; Aramaic , מְשַׁשׁ Pa`el, Palpel — see also ימשׁ, II. מושׁ); —

Qal Imperfect 3 masculine singular suffix יְמֻשֵּׁנִי Genesis 27:12 perhaps my father will feel me; וַיְמֻשֵּׁהוּ Genesis 27:22 and he felt of him (both J).

Pi`el Perfect 2 masculine singular מִשַּׁשְׁתָּ; Imperfect 3 masculine singular יְמַשֵּׁשׁ Deuteronomy 28:29, וַיְמַשֵּׁשׁ Genesis 31:34; 3 masculine plural יִמַשְׁשׁוּ Job 5:4; Job 12:25; Participle מְמַשֵּׁשׁ Deuteronomy 28:29; — feel over or through, grope:

1לָבָּן אֶתכָּֿלהָֿאֹהֶל ׳וַיְמ Genesis 31:24 and Laban felt through the whole tent (i.e. searched it); so (object כֵּלַי) Genesis 31:37 thou hast felt through all my possessions (or baggage; both E).

2 grope, of blind Deuteronomy 28:29b (in simile), periphrase conjectural, וְהָיִיתָמְמַשֵּׁשׁ Deuteronomy 28:29 a and thou shalt become one that gropes at noonday (figurative of judicial blindness); compare Job 5:14; Job 12:25.

Hiph`il Imperfect וְיָמֵשׁ חשֶׁךְ Exodus 10:21 that one may feel (the) darkness; read also Imperative suffix הֲמִשֵׁנִי (for והימשׁני, see ימשׁ, p. 413above) Judges 16:26 and let me touch the pillars (2accusative)

מִשְׁתֶּה see שׁתה. מֵת see מות. p 559,1059

Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon, Unabridged, Electronic Database.All rights reserved. Used by permission. BibleSoft.com
Gesenius' Hebrew and Chaldee Definition

מָשַׁשׁ i.q. מוּשׁ No. II. to feel, to touch, with an acc. (Arab. مَسَّ, Gr. μάσσω, Ethiop. by inserting ר, መርሰሰ፡ id.) Genesis 27:12 compare מוּשׁ V. 21 Genesis 27:21.

Piel id. to feel (in the darkness), to grope, Deuteronomy 28:29; Job 5:14 with an acc. to feel out, to explore with the hands, Genesis 31:34, 37 Genesis 31:37; Job 12:25, יְמַֽשְׁשׁוּ חשֶׁךְ “they feel the darkness.”

Hiphil id. with acc. Exodus 10:21.

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List of Word Forms
וְיָמֵ֖שׁ וַיְמַשֵּׁ֥שׁ וַיְמֻשֵּׁ֑הוּ וימש וימשהו וימשש יְֽמַשְׁשׁ֥וּ יְמַֽשְׁשׁוּ־ יְמַשֵּׁ֤שׁ יְמֻשֵּׁ֙נִי֙ ימשני ימשש ימששו ימששו־ מְמַשֵּׁ֣שׁ מִשַּׁ֣שְׁתָּ ממשש מששת mə·maš·šêš memashShesh məmaššêš miš·šaš·tā mishShashta miššaštā vaymashShesh vaymushShehu veyaMesh way·maš·šêš way·muš·šê·hū waymaššêš waymuššêhū wə·yā·mêš wəyāmêš yə·maš·šêš yə·maš·šū yə·maš·šū- yə·muš·šê·nî yemashShesh yemashShu yəmaššêš yəmaššū yəmaššū- yemushSheni yəmuššênî
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