Word Summary
yaqar: to be precious, prized or appraised
Original Word: יָקַר
Transliteration: yaqar
Phonetic Spelling: (yaw-kar')
Part of Speech: Verb
Short Definition: to be precious, prized or appraised
Meaning: to be heavy, valuable, to make rare
Strong's Concordance
be make precious, be prized, be set by, withdraw

A primitive root; properly, apparently, to be heavy, i.e. (figuratively) valuable; causatively, to make rare (figuratively, to inhibit) -- be (make) precious, be prized, be set by, withdraw.


H3365. yaqar

[יָקַר‎] verb be precious, prized, appraised (Late Hebrew id., Pi`el, Hiph`il; Aramaic יְקַר‎, , be heavy, precious; Pa`el honour; יַקִּיר‎, weighty, precious, honoured; compare Assyrian a‡âru, be precious, costly, and derivatives, DlHWB 240; Arabic be heavy, II. honour; dignity; Sabean noun יקרhonour DHMZMG 1883, 402) —

Qal Perfect3feminine singular יָָֽקְרָה1 Samuel 16:21; 2masculine singular יָקַרְתָּIsaiah 43:4; 1singular יָקַרְתִּיZechariah 11:13; 3plural יָקְרוּPsalm 139:17; Imperfect וַיִּיקַר1 Samuel 18:30; וְיֵקַרPsalm 49:9; וְיֵיקַר72:14; jussive תִּיקַר(נָֿאׅ2 Kings 1:13-14, —

1 be precious:

a. = highly valued, esteemed, David's name, מְאֹד שְׁמוֺ וַיִּיקַר1 Samuel 18:30; of Israel, בְעֵינַי יָקַרְתָּIsaiah 43:4 (+ אֲהַבְתִּיךָ נִכְבַּדְתָּ,‎); of God's thoughts רֵעֶיךָ מַהיָָּֽֿקִרוּ וְלִיPsalm 139:17 (Ew Hi Hup render hard, difficult: compare יַקִּירָהDaniel 2:11).

b. especially of life (נֶפֶשׁ‎), in phrase בְּעֵינֶיךָ נַפְשִׁי יָָֽקִרָה1 Samuel 26:21, i.e. thou hast spared it; so (jussive) 2 Kings 1:13-14, similarly בְּעֵינָיו דָּמָם יֵיקַרPsalm 72:14 ("" נַפְשָׁס יִגְאַל וּמֵחָמָס מִתּוֺךְ‎).

c. be costly, נַפְשָׁם מִּדְיוֺן וְיֵקַרPsalm 49:9.

2 be appraised, valued, מֵעֲלֵיהֶם יָקַרְתִּי אֲשֶׁר הַיְקָר אֶדֶרZechariah 11:13 the magnificence of the price at which I was appraised (and dismissed) from them!

Hiph`il Imperfect1singular מִמָּ֑ז אֱנוֺשׁ אוֺקִירIsaiah 13:12 I will make men more rare (literally precious) than fine gold. Imperative הֹקַרProverbs 25:17 make rare (i.e. withhold) thy foot from the house of thy friend.