Word Summary
chamad: to desire, take pleasure in
Original Word: חָמַד
Transliteration: chamad
Phonetic Spelling: (khaw-mad')
Part of Speech: Verb
Short Definition: to desire, take pleasure in
Meaning: to desire, take pleasure in
Strong's Concordance
beauty, greatly beloved, covet, delectable thing, great delight, desire, lust,

A primitive root; to delight in -- beauty, greatly beloved, covet, delectable thing, (X great) delight, desire, goodly, lust, (be) pleasant (thing), precious (thing).


H2530. chamad

חָמַדverb desire, take pleasure in (Aramaic חֲמַד‎ (not in Syriac); Arabic praise, eulogize, appove of; Sabean חמדםin gratitude [praise] there-for DHMZMG 1875, 595; 1876, 686) —

Qal Perfect ׳חPsalm 68:17; Proverbs 12:12; חָֽמְדוּ1:22; וְחָֽמְדוּ‎ consecutive Micah 2:2; חֲמַדְתֶּםIsaiah 1:29; Imperfect יַחְמֹדExodus 34:24; 2masculine singular תַּחְמֹד20:16 (twice in verse) + 3t. (including Proverbs 6:25 jussive); suffix וָאֶחְמְדֵםJoshua 7:21; וְנֶחְמְדֵ֫הוּIsaiah 53:2; Passive participle חֲמוּדוֺPsalm 39:12; Job 20:20, חֲמוּדֵיהֶםIsaiah 44:9; — desire:

a. in bad sense of inordinate, ungoverned, selfish desire, followed by accusative Exodus 20:17 (twice in verse) (E) = Deuteronomy 5:18 (5:18 b has תִּתְאַוֶּה‎), Exodus 34:24 (JE) Deuteronomy 7:25; Joshua 7:21 (JE) Micah 2:2; Proverbs 12:12; of lustful desire 6:25.

b. = take pleasure in, of idolatrous tendency Isaiah 1:29, so participle plural חֲמוּדֵיהֵם44:9 their delightful things (things in which they delight, see also 44:11 and BevJPhoenician xvii. 1888. p. 126); חָֽמְדוּ לָצוֺן לֵצִיםProverbs 1:22 how long do scorners delight in scoring.

c. less often in good sense, said of God א חָמַד ׳הָהָר לְשִׁבְתּוֺ‎, poetic Psalm 68:17; object the suffering servant of ׳י‎, Isaiah 53:2 no beauty in him, that we should desire him (choose him, be drawn toward him); passive participle collective חֲמוּדוֺPsalm 39:12 his desired things, i. e. chosen, choice, desirable (see Niph`al); so probably Job 20:20.

Niph`al Participle נֶחְמָדGenesis 2:9 2t.; הַנֶּחֱמָדִיםPsalm 19:11; — desirable: לְמַרְאֶה נ ׳עץGenesis 2:9, ׳נ לְהַשְׂכִּיל3:6, ׳הַנֶּח מִזָּהָבPsalm 19:11 which are more desirable than gold; נֶחְמָד אוֺצָרProverbs 21:20 desirable, i.e. costly treasure.

Pi`el Perfect1singular delight greatly ח ׳בְּצִלּוֺ וְיָשַׁ֫בְתִּיSong of Solomon 2:3 in his shadow I greatly delighted and sate, i.e. sate with great delight.

[חֲמוּדָה‎] noun feminine desirableness, preciousnessPlural absolute חֲמוּדוֺתDaniel 9:23; חֲמוּדֹת‎ Ezra 8:37; חֲמֻדוֺת2 Chronicles 20:25 4t.; חֲמֻדֹתGenesis 27:15; construct חֲמֻדוֺתDaniel 11:43; — desirable, choice things i.e. garments Genesis 27:15 ("" בגדים‎); compare Daniel 11:38 ("" יקרה אבן‎), 11:43 (מִצְרַיִם חֲמֻדוֺת‎); = precious things Ezra 8:27 (as gold); ח ׳כלי2 Chronicles 20:25; ח ׳לֶחֶםDeuteronomy 10:3; of man only ׳אִישׁחֿDaniel 10:11, 19, and, without ׳ח אָ֫תָּה אישׁ,9:23 thou art a precious treasure (on construction see Dr§ 189, 2; see Bev and compare negative חמדIsaiah 53:2).