Word Summary
avah: to incline, desire
Original Word: אָוָה
Transliteration: avah
Phonetic Spelling: (aw-vaw')
Part of Speech: Verb
Short Definition: to incline, desire
Meaning: to incline, desire
Strong's Concordance
covet, greatly desire, be desirous, long, lust after

A primitive root; to wish for -- covet, (greatly) desire, be desirous, long, lust (after).


H183. avah

[אָוָה‎] verb incline, desire (compare Stem 2).

Pi`el Perfect אִוָּהPsalm 132:13; אִוְּתָהMicah 7:1 +, etc.; Imperfect3feminine singular תְּאַוֶּהDeuteronomy 12:20 4t. — desire subject usually נֶפֶשׁ‎, object fruit Micah 7:1 (in metaphor); flesh (to eat) 1 Samuel 2:16, compare Deuteronomy 12:20 (followed by infinitive בָּשָׂר לֶאֱכֹל‎); food & drink 14:26; of king desiring rule, נַפְשֶׁ֑ךָ אֲשֶׁרתְּֿאַוֶּה בְּכֹל וּמָלַכְתָּ2 Samuel 3:21; 1 Kings 11:37; object evil (רַע‎) Proverbs 21:10; once object ׳יIsaiah 26:9 בַּלַּיְלָה אִוִּיתִךָ נַפְשִׁי‎; of God וַיַּעַשׂ אִוְּתָה וְנַפְשׁוֺJob 23:13; as desiring Zion for dwelling-place (late, only cases without נפשׁ‎) Psalm 132:13; 132:14;

Hithpa`el Perfect הִתְאַוָּתProverbs 21:26; הִתְאַוֵּיתִיJeremiah 17:16; הִתְאַוּוּNumbers 11:4; וְהִתְאַוִּיתֶם34:10; Imperfect יִתְאַוֶּהEcclesiastes 6:2; וַיִּתְאַוֶּה2 Samuel 23:15; with apocope וְיִתְאַוPsalm 45:12, וַיִּתְאַו1 Chronicles 11:17, etc. — Participle feminine singular מִתְאַוָּהProverbs 13:4; masculine plural מִתְאַוִּיםAmos 5:18; Numbers 11:34desire, long for, lust after, of bodily appetites; for dainty food 11:4 (E; followed by accusative of cognate meaning) = Psalm 106:14; Numbers 11:34 (E); followed by לProverbs 23:3, 6 compare Ecclesiastes 6:2 (followed by accusative), see also Proverbs 13:4 (absolute, subject נֶפֶשׁ‎); absolute of extreme thirst 2 Samuel 23:15 = 1 Chronicles 11:17; of king desiring the beauty (יֳפִי‎) of princess Psalm 45:12 (followed by accusative); of covetous man Proverbs 21:26 (followed by accusative of cognate meaning); object רֵעֲךָ בֵּיתDeuteronomy 5:18 ("" חמד‎); followed by infinitive Proverbs 24:1 (of desiring evil companionship); object י ׳יוֺםAmos 5:18 (accusative; of presumptuous, reckless longing) compare Jeremiah 17:16. (Numbers 34:7-8, for תְּתָאוּ‎ — Pi`el of תאה‎ — Di proposes תִּתְאַוֻּ‎, & queries whether this & הִתְאַוִּיתֶם34:10 are not from אוה‎, = desire for yourselves.)