Word Summary
shavah: to agree with, be like, resemble
Original Word: שָׁוָה
Transliteration: shavah
Phonetic Spelling: (shaw-vaw')
Part of Speech: Verb
Short Definition: to agree with, be like, resemble
Meaning: to level, equalize, to resemble, to adjust
Strong's Concordance
avail, behave, bring forth, compare, countervail, be, make equal, lay,

A primitive root; properly, to level, i.e. Equalize; figuratively, to resemble; by implication, to adjust (i.e. Counterbalance, be suitable, compose, place, yield, etc.) -- avail, behave, bring forth, compare, countervail, (be, make) equal, lay, be (make, a-)like, make plain, profit, reckon.


H7737. shavah

I. שָׁוָהverb (be even, smooth, see

Pi`el, hence) agree with, be like, resemble (Arabic II. make even, flat, uniform (with something else); Aramaic שְׁוָא‎ (derived species) be like, be equal, fit, like, Pa`el lay out smoothly, Aph`el make plain, fit, worthy); —

Qal Perfect3masculine singular שׁ ׳לֹא לִיJob 33:27 (si vera lectio) it was not equalled to me, i.e. (see infra; according to most) not requited (so De Di Da, and Isaiah 16:6 ᵑ7‎); Bu שִׁוָּה לֹא אֵלGod did not requite (or שִׁלֵּם‎ for שׁוה‎); Du כַעֲוֺנִי שִׁוָּה לֹא‎ (compare ᵐ5‎); Imperfect1singular of אֶשְׁוֶה ֗֗֗ אֶלמִֿי ׳י,40:25 to whom shall I be like ? ("" תְּדַמְּיוּנִי‎), implying that he is incompare; 3 masculine plural יִשְׁווּבָֿהּ לֹאProverbs 3:15 are not comparable with her (wisdom), so 8:11; 2masculine singular מֶּןתִּֿשְׁוֶהלֿוֺ26:4 lest thou be like him (a fool); Participle בְּ שֹׁוֶהEsther 7:4 is not an equivalent for; with לִ‎, suitable for 3:8, so 1:22 Hi Or RyKau (reading עִמּוֺ שֹׁוֶה כֹּל‎ for עַמּוֺ כִּלְשׁוֺן‎, but see Siegf.); adequate for 5:13.

Pi`el Perfect3masculine singular שִׁוָּהIsaiah 28:25 he hath levelled its (the ground's) surface; 1 singular נַפְשִׁי וְדוֺמַמְתִּי שִׁוִּיתִיPsalm 131:2 I have smoothed (composed) and stilled my soul; so, that is נַפְשִׁיIsaiah 38:13 ᵑ9‎ Ges De and others; Houb Lo Che Du and others read שִׁוַּעְתִּיI cried; accusative מִשְׁמָּטִיםPsalm 119:30 accounted suitable, meet ("" בָּחָ֑רְתִּי אֱמוּנָח דֶּרֶךְ‎), Hi, compare Gr 119:128 (see

Qal Esther 3:8); We inserts לְנֶגְדִּי‎ (II. ׳שׁ‎, compare Psalm 16:8); Zenner Du אִזִּיתִי‎.

Hiph`il make like: Imperfect1singular אַשְׁוֶחלָֿךְ מָחLamentations 2:13 ("" אֲדַמֶּה‎); 2 masculine plural וְתַשְׁווּ תְדַמְּיוּנִי לְמִיIsaiah 46:5 (compare

Qal Isaiah 40:25).

Nithp. (apparently) Perfect3feminine singular נִשְׁתָּ֑וָה‎ (for נִשְׁתְּוָה‎) Proverbs 27:15 are alike, but read probably Niph`al 3 feminine singular נִשְׁוָ֑תָה‎ Ges§ 75x Toy and others — תשׁוהJob 30:22 Kt see II. שׁוא‎.

II. [שָׁוָה‎] verb Pi`el set, place (Biblical Aramaic Hithpa. שְׁוָא ᵑ7‎ Pa`el set, make (often ᵑ7‎ = שׁית שׁום,‎); Thes and others below I. ׳שׁ‎, originally set, place, then set together, compare, < weakened from original make even, right, compare Vulgar Arabic II. make (Wahrm, compare also BaES 66)); — Perfect1singular שִׁוִּיתִיPsalm 16:8 I have set ׳יbefore me (לְנֶגְּדִּי‎); ׳שׁ עַל עֵזֶר89:20 I have placed strength upon a hero, compare 21:6; Participle כְּ רַנְלַי מְשַׁוֶּח2 Samuel 22:34 setting my feet like hinds = Psalm 18:34 (compare כְּ שַׁוִּי ᵑ7Genesis 48:20; Jeremiah 29:22, for כְּ שׂים‎); — Isaiah 38:13 see I. שׁוה‎; — Imperfect = make, produce, 3 masculine singular לוֺ יְשַׁוֶּה מְּרִיHosea 10:1 (Israel as vine), si vera lectio, see We Now ("" מְּרִי עשׂת9:16, compare 8:7).

I. [שְׁוָה‎] verb become like (Biblical Hebrew I. שָׁוָה‎); —

Pa`el Perfect3masculine plural שַׁוִּי‎ Qr (see וְ‎ following; >

Pe`îl שְׁוִי‎ Kt, see K§ 47 Beisp. 3, and p. 175) Daniel 5:21, accusative of thing, with עִם‎.