Parts of Speech


Root Word (Etymology)

a primitive root

Dictionary Aids

TWOT Reference: number 2185, number 2186

KJV Translation Count — 173x

The KJV translates Strongs H1 in the following manner: feed (75), shepherd (63), pastor (8), herdmen (7), keep (3), companion (2), broken (1), company (1), devour (1), eat (1), entreateth (1), misc (10)

Outline of Biblical Usage

1. to pasture, tend, graze, feed
a. (Qal)
1. to tend, pasture
a. to shepherd
b. of ruler, teacher (fig)
c. of people as flock (fig)
d. shepherd, herdsman (subst)
2. to feed, graze
a. of cows, sheep etc (literal)
b. of idolater, Israel as flock (fig)
b. (Hiphil) shepherd, shepherdess
2. to associate with, be a friend of (meaning probable)
a. (Qal) to associate with
b. (Hithpael) to be companions
3. (Piel) to be a special friend

Strong's Definitions

ra`ah, raw-aw'; a primitive root; to tend a flock; i.e. pasture it; intransitively, to graze (literally or figuratively); generally to rule; by extension, to associate with (as a friend): — X break, companion, keep company with, devour, eat up, evil entreat, feed, use as a friend, make friendship with, herdman, keep (sheep) (-er), pastor, + shearing house, shepherd, wander, waste.

Concordance Results Using KJV

And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a H7462er of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.


And there was a strife between the H7462 of Abram's cattle and the H7462 of Lot's cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.


And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my H7462 and thy H7462; for we be brethren.


And the H7462 of Gerar did strive with Isaac's H7462, saying, The water is ours: and he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove with him.


And he said, Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together: water ye the sheep, and go and H7462 them.


And while he yet spake with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep: for she kept them.


And he said, What shall I give thee? And Jacob said, Thou shalt not give me any thing: if thou wilt do this thing for me, I will again H7462 and H7462 thy flock:


And he set three days' journey betwixt himself and Jacob: and Jacob fed the rest of Laban's flocks.


And these are the children of Zibeon; both Ajah, and Anah: this was that Anah that found the mules in the wilderness, as he fed the asses of Zibeon his father.


These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was H7462ing the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report.