Strong's Concordance, Hebrew Dictionary

Consent, consider, be content, declare, discern, give ear, let, listen, obey, perceive, publish, regard, report, understand, witness, to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.

Hebrew: שָׁמַע, šāmaʿ (H8085)

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Here are attentively, call together, carefully and related words in the Bible. What does the source Hebrew word שָׁמַע 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: H8085

Hebrew Base Word: שָׁמַע

Part of speech: Verb

Usage: × attentively, call (gather) together, × carefully, × certainly, consent, consider, be content, declare, × diligently, discern, give ear, (cause to, let, make to) hear(-ken) (tell), × indeed, listen, make (a) noise, (be) obedient, obey, perceive, (make a) proclaim(-ation), publish, regard, report, shew (forth), (make a) sound, × surely, tell, understand, whosoever (heareth), witness

Definition: To hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively, to tell, etc.).

Detailed definition:

  1. (v) to hear, listen to, obey.
    1. (Qal).
      1. To hear (perceive by ear).
      2. To hear of or concerning.
      3. To hear (have power to hear).
      4. To hear with attention or interest, listen to.
      5. To understand (language).
      6. To hear (of judicial cases).
      7. To listen, give heed.
        1. To consent, agree.
        2. To grant request.
      8. To listen to, yield to.
      9. To obey, be obedient.
    2. (Niphal).
      1. To be heard (of voice or sound).
      2. To be heard of.
      3. To be regarded, be obeyed.
    3. (Piel) to cause to hear, call to hear, summon.
    4. (Hiphil).
      1. To cause to hear, tell, proclaim, utter a sound.
      2. To sound aloud (musical term).
      3. To make proclamation, summon.
      4. To cause to be heard.
  2. (n m) sound.

Derived terms: A primitive root.


  1. Biblical International Phonetic Alphabet: ʃɔːˈmɑʕ
  2. Modern International Phonetic Alphabet: ʃɑːˈmɑʕ
  3. Transliteration: šāmaʿ
  4. Biblical Pronunciation: shaw-MA
  5. Modern Pronunciation: sha-MA

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