Strong's Concordance, Hebrew Dictionary

Good, purpose, -in, -to, properly, interrogative what? (including how? why? when?)

Hebrew: מָה, mâ (H4100)

633 King James Bible Verses


Here are how, thing, what, whereby, why and related words in the Bible. What does the source Hebrew word מָה 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: H4100

Hebrew Base Word: מָה

Part of speech: Pronoun interrogative; indefinite

Usage: How(-soever) (long, oft), (no-)thing, what (end, good, purpose, thing), whereby(-fore, -in, -to, -with), (for) why

Definition: Properly, interrogative what? (including how? why? when?); but also exclamation, what! (including how!), or indefinitely what (including whatever, and even relatively, that which); often used with prefixes in various adverbial or conjunctive senses.

Detailed definition:

  1. (interr pron) what, how, of what kind.
    1. (interrogative).
      1. What?.
      2. Of what kind.
      3. What? (rhetorical).
      4. Whatsoever, whatever, what.
    2. (adverb).
      1. How, how now.
      2. Why.
      3. How! (exclamation).
    3. (with prep).
      1. Wherein?, whereby?, wherewith?, by what means?.
      2. Because of what?.
      3. The like of what?.
        1. How much?, how many?, how often?.
        2. For how long?.
      4. For what reason?, why?, to what purpose?.
      5. Until when?, how long?, upon what?, wherefore? indef pron.
  2. Anything, aught, what may.

Derived terms: Or מַה; or מָ; or מַ; also מֶה; a primitive particle.


  1. Biblical International Phonetic Alphabet: mɔː
  2. Modern International Phonetic Alphabet: mɑː
  3. Transliteration: mâ
  4. Biblical Pronunciation: maw
  5. Modern Pronunciation: ma

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