Strong's Concordance, Hebrew Dictionary

Keep in bondage, be bondmen, bond-service, compel, do, dress, ear, execute, keep, bring to pass, be wrought, worshipper, to work (in any sense)

Hebrew: עָבַד, ʿābad (H5647)

261 King James Bible Verses


Here are be, keep in bondage, be bondmen and related words in the Bible. What does the source Hebrew word עָבַד 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: H5647

Hebrew Base Word: עָבַד

Part of speech: Verb

Usage: × be, keep in bondage, be bondmen, bond-service, compel, do, dress, ear, execute, + husbandman, keep, labour(-ing man), bring to pass, (cause to, make to) serve(-ing) (self), (be, become) servant(-s), do (use) service, till(-er), transgress (from margin), (set a) work, be wrought, worshipper

Definition: To work (in any sense); by implication, to serve, till, (causatively) enslave, etc.

Detailed definition:

  1. To work, serve.
    1. (Qal).
      1. To labor, work, do work.
      2. To work for another, serve another by labor.
      3. To serve as subjects.
      4. To serve (God).
      5. To serve (with Levitical service).
    2. (Niphal).
      1. To be worked, be tilled (of land).
      2. To make oneself a servant.
    3. (Pual) to be worked.
    4. (Hiphil).
      1. To compel to labor or work, cause to labor, cause to serve.
      2. To cause to serve as subjects.
    5. (Hophal) to be led or enticed to serve.

Derived terms: A primitive root.


  1. Biblical International Phonetic Alphabet: ʕɔːˈbɑd̪
  2. Modern International Phonetic Alphabet: ʕɑːˈvɑd
  3. Transliteration: ʿābad
  4. Biblical Pronunciation: aw-BAHD
  5. Modern Pronunciation: ah-VAHD

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