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KING JAMES BIBLE DICTIONARY

 

Hebrew - English Dictionary

H4100 - Why

Strong's No.:H4100

Hebrew:מָה

Transliteration:mâh

Phonetic:maw

Word Origin:A primitive particle

Bible Usage:how ({long} {oft} {[-soever]}) [no-] {thing} what ({end} {good} {purpose} {thing}) whereby ({-fore} {-in} {-to} {-with}) (for) why.

Strongs
Definition:

properly interrogitive what ? (including {how ?} why ? and when ?); but also exclamations like what ! (including {how !}) or indefinitely what (including {whatever} and even relatively that which); often used with prefixes in various adverbial or conjugational sneses


Brown Driver
Biggs Definition:

interr pron

1. what, how, of what kind

a. (interrogative)

1. what?

2. of what kind

3. what? (rhetorical)

4. whatsoever, whatever, what

b. (adverb)

1. how, how now

2. why

3. how! (exclamation)

c. (with prep)

1. wherein?, whereby?, wherewith?, by what means?

2. because of what?

3. the like of what? 1c

d. how much?, how many?, how often? 1c

e. for how long?

1. for what reason?, why?, to what purpose?

2. until when?, how long?, upon what?, wherefore? indef pron

2. anything, aught, what may


Bible References:
Why

Translation
Occurrences:
be ( 2 )
been ( 1 )
end ( 1 )
good ( 1 )
How ( 57 )
is ( 1 )
long ( 2 )
many ( 3 )
much ( 1 )
nor ( 1 )
oft ( 2 )
profit ( 1 )
that ( 7 )
thing ( 3 )
what ( 404 )
Whatsoever ( 1 )
whereby ( 1 )
Wherefore ( 80 )
wherein ( 15 )
whereto ( 1 )
wherewith ( 10 )
Wherewithal ( 1 )
Whether ( 1 )
which ( 2 )
Why ( 122 )
ye ( 1 )

 

Definitions are taken from Strong's Exhaustive Concordance
by James Strong (S.T.D.) (LL.D.) 1890.