4616. maan
Strong's Concordance
maan: purpose, intent
Original Word: מַעַן
Part of Speech: substantive; preposition; conjunction; conjunction
Transliteration: maan
Phonetic Spelling: (mah'-an)
Definition: purpose, intent
NAS Exhaustive Concordance
Word Origin
from anah
purpose, intent
NASB Translation
account (1), because (14), behalf (1), order (40), purpose (2), reason is so (1), sake (50), so (54), therefore (1), this reason (1).

[מַ֫עַן] substantive purpose, intent, only with לְ, in לְמַ֫עַן271

preposition and

conjunction for the sake of, on account of, to the intent or in order that (abbreviated from מַעֲנֶה: compare מַ֫עַל; Köii. 116); — with suffix לְמַעֲנִי, לְמַעַנְךָ, and לְמַעַנְכֶם; — 1. preposition: —

a. Genesis 18:24 wilt thou ... not spare the place למען חמשׁים הציקים for the sake of the 50 righteous? Deuteronomy 30:6 חַיֶּיךָ ׳ל for thy life's sake, 1 Kings 8:41 the foreigner who comer from afar שְׁמֶ֑ךָ ׳ל, Isaiah 43:14 לְמַעַנְכֶם שִׁלַּחְתִּי בָבֶ֫לָה, Isaiah 45:4; Isaiah 62:1 ציון ׳ל, Isaiah 63:17 עבדיך ׳ל, Isaiah 65:8; Ezekiel 36:22 (twice in verse); Job 18:4; Psalm 122:8; Psalm 122:9; (׳עַבְדִּי ד) לְמַעַן דָּוִד, i.e. for the sake of David's memory, and the promises given to him, 1 Kings 11:12,13,32,34; 1 Kings 15:4; 2 Kings 8:19; 2 Kings 19:34 (= Isaiah 37:35), Isaiah 20:6 (all D2); לְמַעֲנִי (of ׳י) for my own sake, i.e. to vindicate my name, 2 Kings 19:34 (= Isaiah 37:35), 2 Kings 20:6; Isaiah 43:25; Isaiah 48:11 לְמַעֲנִי לְמַעֲנִי אֶעֲשֶׁה, so לְמַעַנְךָ Daniel 9:19, אֲדֹנָי ׳ל Daniel 9:17; ׳י is said (or entreated) to act (שִׁמְךָ, שְׁמִי) לְמַעַן שְׁמוֺ i.e. to maintain his reputation, or character, Psalm 23:3; Psalm 25:11; Psalm 31:4; Psalm 79:9; Psalm 106:8; Psalm 143:11; Jeremiah 14:7,21; Ezekiel 20:9,14,22,44; Isaiah 48:9; simile חַסְדְּךָ ׳ל (i.e. to maintain it consistently) Psalm 6:5; Psalm 44:27, טוּבְךָ ׳ל Psalm 25:7, צִדְקוֺ ׳ל Isaiah 42:21.

b. In view of, on account of (but not expressing causation distinctly, like מִן 2f, or מִמְּנֵי), Deuteronomy 3:26 בי לְמַעַנְכֶם ׳ויתעבר י on your account, 1 Kings 11:39 זֹאת ׳ל in view of this, שׁוֺרֲרַי ׳ל on account of my watchful foes, Psalm 5:9; Psalm 27:11, צורריך ׳ל Psalm 8:3, simil. Psalm 69:19; Psalm 48:12 (Psalm 97:8) משׁפטיך ׳ישמח הר ציון ֗֗֗ ל in view of thy judgments.

c. Sq. infinitive Genesis 18:19 ׳לְמַעַן הָבִיא י for the purpose of J.'s bringing = to the intent that J. might bring, Genesis 37:22 הַצִּיל ׳ל in order to rescue, Genesis 50:20; Exodus 1:11; Exodus 9:16; Exodus 10:1, etc., Deuteronomy 2:30; Deuteronomy 6:28, etc., 2 Kings 10:19; Jeremiah 7:10,18; Jeremiah 11:5; Jeremiah 50:34 (on הִרגיע, see עַד

2a b), Ezekiel 14:5; Ezekiel 21:5; Ezekiel 22:6 etc., Ezekiel 36:5, + often (Köiii.595 f.). Once, pleonastic, לְמַעַן לָמוּג לֵב Ezekiel 21:20 (compare כַּעֲבוּר לְ 1 Chronicles 19:3; but read probably הִמּוֺג).

2. conjunction (followed by imperfect): —

a. לְמַעַן אֲשֶׁר Genesis 18:19 I have known him אשׁר יְצַוֶּה ׳ל to the end that he might command, etc., Deuteronomy 27:3; Joshua 3:4; 2 Samuel 13:5; Jeremiah 42:6; more often

b. without אשׁר, as Genesis 12:13 לְמַעַן יִיטַב לִי, Genesis 27:25; Exodus 4:5 יאמינו ׳ל, Exodus 8:6; Exodus 8:18; Exodus 9:29; Exodus 10:2; Isaiah 5:19; Isaiah 23:16; Psalm 9:15; Psalm 30:13; Psalm 48:14 + often (Köiii.571).

c. Sq. לֹא (a) אשׁר לֹא ׳ל Numbers 17:5; Deuteronomy 20:18; Ezekiel 31:14; Ezekiel 36:30; Ezekiel 46:18; (b) לֹא ׳ל Ezekiel 14:11; Ezekiel 19:9; Ezekiel 25:10; Ezekiel 26:20; Zechariah 12:7; Psalm 119:11; Psalm 119:80; Psalm 125:3 (Köiii.574. Less common than לְבִלְתִּי or מִן with infinitive, or מֶּןֿ).


1לְמַעַן is always in order that, never merely so that ἐκβατικῶς); but sometimes, in rhetorical passages, the issue of a line of action, though really undesigned, is represented by it ironically as if it were designed: Deuteronomy 29:18 (see Dr) ׳סְפוֺת וגו ׳וְהִתְבָּרֵךְ כִּלְבָבוֺ ֗֗֗ ל and he congratulate himself ... in order to sweep away the moistened with the dry (i.e. to destroy all together), Isaiah 30:1; Isaiah 44:9 יֵבוֺשׁוּ ׳בל יראו ובל ידעו ל in orer that they may be put to shame, Jeremiah 7:18 הַכְעִיסֵנִי ׳ל, Jeremiah 7:19 בּשֶׁת פְנֵיהֶם ׳ל, Jeremiah 27:10,15; Jeremiah 32:29; Hosea 8:4 their silver, etc., they have made into idols יִכָרֵת ׳ל in order that it may be cut off (of course, not the real purpose of the idolatry), Amos 2:7; Micah 6:16: compare Psalm 51:6 (see Comn.) in order that thou mightest be just when thou judgest (that is, by manifesting thy justice in judgement on my sin). compare Qor 28:7 (FlKl. Schr. i. 397 f.).

Note 2. — In Joshua 4:24 for the anomalous יְרָאתֶם ׳ל, read infinitive יִרְאָתָם ׳ל in order that they might fear (Dr§ 14 Obs.): Nehemiah 6:13 לְמַעַן שָׂכוּר הוּא לְמַעַן אִירָא (si vera 1.) the first ׳ל points forwards, to this intent was he hired, to the intent that I should be afraid. — On Proverbs 16:4, see מַעֵנֶה above

Strong's Exhaustive Concordance
because of, to the end intent that, for to,

From anah; properly, heed, i.e. Purpose; used only adverbially, on account of (as a motive or an aim), teleologically, in order that -- because of, to the end (intent) that, for (to,... 'S sake), + lest, that, to.

see HEBREW anah

Forms and Transliterations
הַ֭לְמַעַנְךָ הלמענך וּלְמַ֖עַן וּלְמַ֙עַן֙ וּלְמַ֛עַן וּלְמַ֜עַן וּלְמַ֡עַן וּלְמַ֣עַן וּלְמַ֤עַן וּלְמַ֥עַן וּלְמַ֨עַן ולמען לְ֝מַ֗עַן לְ֠מַעַן לְ֭מַעַן לְמַ֕עַן לְמַ֖עַן לְמַ֗עַן לְמַ֙עַן֙ לְמַ֛עַן לְמַ֜עַן לְמַ֡עַן לְמַ֣עַן לְמַ֣עַן ׀ לְמַ֣עַנְכֶ֔ם לְמַ֤עַן לְמַ֤עַן ׀ לְמַ֥עַן לְמַ֧עַן לְמַ֨עַן לְמַֽעֲנְךָ֣ לְמַֽעֲנִ֔י לְמַֽעַן־ לְמַעֲנִ֑י לְמַעֲנִ֛י לְמַעֲנִ֧י לְמַעַן֩ לְמַעַן֮ לְמַעַן־ לְמַעַנְכֶ֛ם לְמַעַנְכֶ֞ם לְמַעַנְכֶ֣ם למען למען־ למעני למענך למענכם hal·ma·‘an·ḵā halma‘anḵā Halmaancha lə·ma·‘ă·nî lə·ma·‘an lə·ma·‘an- lə·ma·‘ăn·ḵā lə·ma·‘an·ḵem ləma‘an ləma‘an- ləma‘ănî ləma‘ănḵā ləma‘anḵem leMaan lemaanCha leMaanChem lemaaNi ū·lə·ma·‘an ūləma‘an uleMaan
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Englishman's Concordance
Genesis 12:13
HEB: אֲחֹ֣תִי אָ֑תְּ לְמַ֙עַן֙ יִֽיטַב־ לִ֣י
NAS: that you are my sister so that it may go well
KJV: thou [art] my sister: that it may be well
INT: you are my sister you so may go because

Genesis 18:19
HEB: כִּ֣י יְדַעְתִּ֗יו לְמַעַן֩ אֲשֶׁ֨ר יְצַוֶּ֜ה
NAS: For I have chosen him, so that he may command
INT: for have chosen so what may command

Genesis 18:19
HEB: צְדָקָ֖ה וּמִשְׁפָּ֑ט לְמַ֗עַן הָבִ֤יא יְהוָה֙
NAS: and justice, so that the LORD
INT: righteousness and justice so may bring the LORD

Genesis 18:24
HEB: תִשָּׂ֣א לַמָּק֔וֹם לְמַ֛עַן חֲמִשִּׁ֥ים הַצַּדִּיקִ֖ם
NAS: the place for the sake of the fifty
KJV: the place for the fifty
INT: spare the place the sake of the fifty righteous

Genesis 27:25
HEB: מִצֵּ֣יד בְּנִ֔י לְמַ֥עַן תְּבָֽרֶכְךָ֖ נַפְשִׁ֑י
INT: game of my son's because of may bless my soul

Genesis 37:22
HEB: תִּשְׁלְחוּ־ ב֑וֹ לְמַ֗עַן הַצִּ֤יל אֹתוֹ֙
INT: no lay might rescue of their hands

Genesis 50:20
HEB: חֲשָׁבָ֣הּ לְטֹבָ֔ה לְמַ֗עַן עֲשֹׂ֛ה כַּיּ֥וֹם
NAS: it for good in order to bring about
KJV: unto good, to bring to pass,
INT: meant good order to bring present

Exodus 1:11
HEB: שָׂרֵ֣י מִסִּ֔ים לְמַ֥עַן עַנֹּת֖וֹ בְּסִבְלֹתָ֑ם
INT: captain discomfited because of to afflict hard

Exodus 4:5
HEB: לְמַ֣עַן יַאֲמִ֔ינוּ כִּֽי־
INT: because of may believe for

Exodus 8:10
HEB: וַיֹּ֙אמֶר֙ כִּדְבָ֣רְךָ֔ לְמַ֣עַן תֵּדַ֔ע כִּי־
INT: said to your word that you may know that

Exodus 8:22
HEB: שָׁ֖ם עָרֹ֑ב לְמַ֣עַן תֵּדַ֔ע כִּ֛י
NAS: of insects will be there, in order that you may know
KJV: [of flies] shall be there; to the end thou mayest know
INT: will be there swarms order you may know that

Exodus 9:16
HEB: אֶת־ כֹּחִ֑י וּלְמַ֛עַן סַפֵּ֥ר שְׁמִ֖י
NAS: you My power and in order to proclaim
INT: to show my power order to proclaim my name

Exodus 9:29
HEB: יִֽהְיֶה־ ע֔וֹד לְמַ֣עַן תֵּדַ֔ע כִּ֥י
INT: become longer that you may know for

Exodus 10:1
HEB: לֵ֣ב עֲבָדָ֔יו לְמַ֗עַן שִׁתִ֛י אֹתֹתַ֥י
INT: and the heart of his servants because of may perform signs

Exodus 10:2
HEB: וּלְמַ֡עַן תְּסַפֵּר֩ בְּאָזְנֵ֨י
INT: because of may tell the hearing

Exodus 11:7
HEB: וְעַד־ בְּהֵמָ֑ה לְמַ֙עַן֙ תֵּֽדְע֔וּן אֲשֶׁר֙
INT: or beast that you may understand how

Exodus 11:9
HEB: אֲלֵיכֶ֖ם פַּרְעֹ֑ה לְמַ֛עַן רְב֥וֹת מוֹפְתַ֖י
NAS: will not listen to you, so that My wonders
INT: about Pharaoh so will be multiplied my wonders

Exodus 13:9
HEB: בֵּ֣ין עֵינֶ֔יךָ לְמַ֗עַן תִּהְיֶ֛ה תּוֹרַ֥ת
INT: among eyes and it shall serve the law

Exodus 16:4
HEB: י֣וֹם בְּיוֹמ֔וֹ לְמַ֧עַן אֲנַסֶּ֛נּוּ הֲיֵלֵ֥ךְ
INT: A day's day because of may test will walk

Exodus 16:32
HEB: לְמִשְׁמֶ֖רֶת לְדֹרֹתֵיכֶ֑ם לְמַ֣עַן ׀ יִרְא֣וּ אֶת־
INT: of it be kept your generations because of may see the bread

Exodus 20:12
HEB: וְאֶת־ אִמֶּ֑ךָ לְמַ֙עַן֙ יַאֲרִכ֣וּן יָמֶ֔יךָ
INT: your father and your mother because of may be prolonged your days

Exodus 23:12
HEB: הַשְּׁבִיעִ֖י תִּשְׁבֹּ֑ת לְמַ֣עַן יָנ֗וּחַ שֽׁוֹרְךָ֙
NAS: you shall cease [from labor] so that your ox
INT: the seventh shall cease so may rest your ox

Exodus 33:13
HEB: דְּרָכֶ֔ךָ וְאֵדָ֣עֲךָ֔ לְמַ֥עַן אֶמְצָא־ חֵ֖ן
NAS: that I may know You, so that I may find
INT: your ways may know so may find favor

Leviticus 17:5
HEB: לְמַעַן֩ אֲשֶׁ֨ר יָבִ֜יאוּ
NAS: The reason is so that the sons
INT: the reason which may bring

Leviticus 20:3
HEB: נָתַ֣ן לַמֹּ֔לֶךְ לְמַ֗עַן טַמֵּא֙ אֶת־
NAS: to Molech, so as to defile
INT: has given to Molech so to defile my sanctuary

272 Occurrences

Strong's Hebrew 4616
272 Occurrences

hal·ma·‘an·ḵā — 1 Occ.
lə·ma·‘an — 243 Occ.
lə·ma·‘ăn·ḵā — 1 Occ.
lə·ma·‘an·ḵem — 4 Occ.
lə·ma·‘ă·nî — 6 Occ.
ū·lə·ma·‘an — 17 Occ.

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