H183 אוה - Strong's Hebrew Lexicon Number

A primitive root; to wish for

KJV Usage: covet, (greatly) desire, be desirous, long, lust (after).

Brown-Driver-Briggs' Hebrew Definitions



1. desire, incline, covet, wait longingly, wish, sigh, want, be greedy, prefer
a. (Piel) to desire, crave (food and drink)
b. (Hithpael) to desire, long for, lust after (of bodily appetites)
Origin: a primitive root
TWOT: 40
Parts of Speech: Verb

to desire
1) desire, incline, covet, wait longingly, wish, sigh, want, be greedy, prefer
1a) (Piel) to desire, crave (food and drink)
1b) (Hithpael) to desire, long for, lust after (of bodily appetites)

View how H183 אוה is used in the Bible

26 occurrences of H183 אוה

Numbers 11:4 them fell to lusting:
Numbers 11:34 that lusted.
Deuteronomy 5:21 neither shalt thou covet
Deuteronomy 12:20 longeth
Deuteronomy 14:26 desireth,
1 Samuel 2:16 desireth;
2 Samuel 3:21 desireth.
2 Samuel 23:15 longed,
1 Kings 11:37 desireth,
1 Chronicles 11:17 longed,
Job 23:13 desireth,
Psalms 45:11 greatly desire
Psalms 106:14 But lusted
Psalms 132:13 he hath desired
Psalms 132:14 for I have desired
Proverbs 13:4 desireth,
Proverbs 21:10 desireth
Proverbs 21:26 He coveteth
Proverbs 23:3 Be not desirous
Proverbs 23:6 neither desire
Proverbs 24:1 neither desire
Ecclesiastes 6:2 of all that he desireth,
Isaiah 26:9 have I desired
Jeremiah 17:16 thee: neither have I desired
Amos 5:18 to you that desire
Micah 7:1 desired

Distinct usage

4 desireth,
2 longed,
2 neither desire
1 that lusted.
1 neither shalt thou covet
1 greatly desire
1 he hath desired
1 for I have desired
1 He coveteth
1 Be not desirous
1 thee: neither have I desired
1 to you that desire
1 desired
1 desireth
1 desireth.
1 longeth
1 desireth;
1 have I desired
1 them fell to lusting:
1 of all that he desireth,
1 But lusted

Corresponding Greek Words

avah hithp. G1938 epithumetes
avah hithp. G1939 epithumia
avah pi., hithp. G1937 epithumeo

Related words


H185 אוּה 'avvâh
From H183; longing

KJV Usage: desire, lust after, pleasure.

H188 אוי 'ôy
Probably from H183 (in the sense of crying out after); lamentation; also interjectionally, Oh!

KJV Usage: alas, woe.

H189 אוי 'ĕvı̂y
Probably from H183; desirous; Evi, a Midianitish chief

KJV Usage: Evi.

H339 אי 'ı̂y
From H183; properly a habitable spot (as desirable); dry land, a coast, an island

KJV Usage: country, isle, island.

H1933 הוה הוא hâvâ' hâvâh
הוה הוא
hâvâ' hâvâh
haw-vaw', haw-vaw'
A primitive root (compare H183, H1961) supposed to mean properly to breathe; to be (in the sense of existence)

KJV Usage: be, X have.

H3970 מאוי ma'ăvay
From H183; a desire

KJV Usage: desire.

H8378 תּאוה ta'ăvâh
From H183 (abbreviated); a longing; by implication a delight (subjectively satisfaction, objectively a charm)

KJV Usage: dainty, desire, X exceedingly, X greedily, lust (ing), pleasant. See also H6914.