Strong's Concordance, Hebrew Dictionary

Beward, be circumspect, mark, look narrowly, observe, preserve, regard, reserve, sure, properly, to hedge about (as with thorns), i.e., guard

Hebrew: שָׁמַר, šāmar (H8104)

440 King James Bible Verses


Here are beward, be circumspect, take heed, keep and related words in the Bible. What does the source Hebrew word שָׁמַר 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: H8104

Hebrew Base Word: שָׁמַר

Part of speech: Verb

Usage: Beward, be circumspect, take heed (to self), keep(-er) (self), mark, look narrowly, observe, preserve, regard, reserve, save (self), sure, (that lay) wait (for), watch(-man)

Definition: Properly, to hedge about (as with thorns), i.e., guard; generally, to protect, attend to, etc.

Detailed definition:

  1. To keep, guard, observe, give heed.
    1. (Qal).
      1. To keep, have charge of.
      2. To keep, guard, keep watch and ward, protect, save life.
        1. Watch, watchman (participle).
      3. To watch for, wait for.
      4. To watch, observe.
      5. To keep, retain, treasure up (in memory).
      6. To keep (within bounds), restrain.
      7. To observe, celebrate, keep (sabbath or covenant or commands), perform (vow).
      8. To keep, preserve, protect.
      9. To keep, reserve.
    2. (Niphal).
      1. To be on one's guard, take heed, take care, beware.
      2. To keep oneself, refrain, abstain.
      3. To be kept, be guarded.
    3. (Piel) to keep, pay heed.
    4. (Hithpael) to keep oneself from.

Derived terms: A primitive root.


  1. Biblical International Phonetic Alphabet: ʃɔːˈmɑr
  2. Modern International Phonetic Alphabet: ʃɑːˈmɑʁ
  3. Transliteration: šāmar
  4. Biblical Pronunciation: shaw-MAHR
  5. Modern Pronunciation: sha-MAHR

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Bible Verses with שָׁמַר (H8104)

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