Strong's Concordance, Hebrew Dictionary

Nourish up, quicken, recover, repair, revive, life, be whole, to live, whether literally or figuratively

Hebrew: חָיָה, ḥāyâ (H2421)

239 King James Bible Verses


Here are keep alive, certainly, give life, live and related words in the Bible. What does the source Hebrew word חָיָה mean and how is it used in the Bible? Below are the English definition details. Also below are examples within Bible verses highlighted in yellow (follow this link to go there). Tap or hover on blue, underlined words to see more original scripture and meanings. Information sourced from Strong's Concordance[1].

Definition Details

Strong's Number: H2421

Hebrew Base Word: חָיָה

Part of speech: Verb

Usage: Keep (leave, make) alive, × certainly, give (promise) life, (let, suffer to) live, nourish up, preserve (alive), quicken, recover, repair, restore (to life), revive, (× God) save (alive, life, lives), × surely, be whole

Definition: To live, whether literally or figuratively; causatively, to revive.

Detailed definition:

  1. To live, have life, remain alive, sustain life, live prosperously, live for ever, be quickened, be alive, be restored to life or health.
    1. (Qal).
      1. To live.
        1. To have life.
        2. To continue in life, remain alive.
        3. To sustain life, to live on or upon.
        4. To live (prosperously).
      2. To revive, be quickened.
        1. From sickness.
        2. From discouragement.
        3. From faintness.
        4. From death.
    2. (Piel).
      1. To preserve alive, let live.
      2. To give life.
      3. To quicken, revive, refresh.
        1. To restore to life.
        2. To cause to grow.
        3. To restore.
        4. To revive.
    3. (Hiphil).
      1. To preserve alive, let live.
      2. To quicken, revive.
        1. To restore (to health).
        2. To revive.
        3. To restore to life.

Derived terms: A primitive root (compare H2331, H2421).


  1. Biblical International Phonetic Alphabet: ħɔːˈjɔː
  2. Modern International Phonetic Alphabet: χɑːˈjɑː
  3. Transliteration: ḥāyâ
  4. Biblical Pronunciation: haw-YAW
  5. Modern Pronunciation: ha-YA

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