A primitive root; to seek; causatively, to conceal oneself (i.e. Let be sought), or mask -- change, (make) diligent (search), disquise self, hide, search (for, out).
[חָפַשׂ] verb search (ᵑ7Jer חֲפַס dig, seek; Palestinian, Syriac dig (Schw); perhaps Assyrian êppêšu, êtpêšu, sensible, LyonSargontexte 65) —
1 search for, object בִּינָה etc. Proverbs 2:4 ("" בקשׁ).
2 = think out, devise, with accusative עולות unjust acts Psalm 64:7 (compare also sub. Pu`al)
Niph`al Perfect נַחְמְּשׁוּ Obadiah 6 subject עֵשָׂו collective; searched out = exposed and plundered ("" מַצְמּוּנָיו נִבְעוּ).
2 search for:
a. a person with accusative 1 Samuel 23:23.
b. a thing, with accusative Genesis 44:12 (J; Joseph searching for his cup); 31:35 (E; no object expressed, Laban looking for his teraphim); Amos 9:3 (׳י searching for evildoers), Psalm 77:7 (soul searching to understand ׳יs dealings with his servants).
Qal q. v.); see also חֵ֫פֶשׂ.
Hithpa`el Perfect הִתְחַמֵּשׂ2 Chronicles 35:22 (but הִתְחַזֵּק ᵐ5, compare also ᵑ6 ᵑ93Esdr 1:26; so Be Öttli); Imperfect יִתְחַמֵּשׂ Job 30:18; וַיִּתְחַמֵּשׂ 1 Samuel 28:8 3t.; Infinitive absolute הִתְחַמֵּשׂ 1 Kings 22:30 2 Chronicles 18:29; — disguise oneself (literally let oneself be searched for) 1 Samuel 28:8; 1 Kings 22:30 (twice in verse) = 2 Chronicles 18:29 (twice in verse), 35:22 (but see above), all of disguise by change of garments; 1 Kings 20:38 באפר i.e. with headgear over eyes; subject לבושׂ Job 30:18, i.e. his garment is disguised, no longer looks like the mantle it is.