Word Summary
yashar: to be smooth, straight, or right
Original Word: יָשַׁר
Transliteration: yashar
Phonetic Spelling: (yaw-shar')
Part of Speech: Verb
Short Definition: to be smooth, straight, or right
Meaning: to be straight, even, to be, right, pleasant, prosperous
Strong's Concordance
direct, fit, seem good meet, please will, be esteem, go right on, bring look, make,

A primitive root; to be straight or even; figuratively, to be (causatively, to make) right, pleasant, prosperous -- direct, fit, seem good (meet), + please (will), be (esteem, go) right (on), bring (look, make, take the) straight (way), be upright(-ly).


H3474. yashar

יָשַׁרverb be smooth, straight, right (Late Hebrew id., and derivatives; Arabic be Gentle, tractable easy, II. make easy; manageable, easy, but Sabean יתֿרן אהל הותֿר, ותֿר,‎ OsZMG 1865, 270 CISiv, 29, 2; Assyrian Išâu, be or go straight, right, mêšêru, justice, mêšêriš, righteously, DlHWB 310) —

Qal Perfect יָשַׁרJeremiah 18:4 2t.; 3 feminine יָשְׁרָהJudges 14:3; Habakkuk 2:4; 3masculine plural יָָֽשְׁרוּ1 Kings 9:12; Imperfect יִישַׁרNumbers 23:27 2t.; יִשַׁר1 Samuel 18:20, 26; 3feminine singularתִּישַׁרJudges 14:7; 3feminine plural יִשַּׁרְנָה1 Samuel 6:12 (Ges§ 47, n. 3; 71) —

1 go straight, בַּדֶּרֶךְin the way 1 Samuel 6:12.

2 figurative, be pleasing, agreeable, right (בְּעֵינֵיin the yees of); said of a woman Judges 14:3, 7; a man Jeremiah 27:5; of matters and things (הַדָּבָר‎) 1 Samuel 18:20, 26; 2 Samuel 17:4; 1 Chronicles 13:4; 2 Chronicles 30:4; of cities 1 Kings 9:12; a place הָאֱלֹהִים בְּעֵינֵיNumbers 23:27 (E); with כַּאֲשֶׁרJeremiah 18:4.

3 in ethical sense, straightforward, upright; בּוֺ נַפְשׁוֺ לֹאיָָֽשְׁרָהHabakkuk 2:4 his soul is not upright in him (opposed to עֻמְּלָהswollen).

Pi`el Perfect1׳יִשָּׁ֑רְתִּPsalm 119:128 (יִשְׁרֵהוּJob 37:3, 3masculine suffix Thes; but < Ew Di Hi De Da, Imperfect from שָׁרָה‎); Imperfect יְיַשֵּׁרProverbs 3:6; יְיַשֶּׁרֿ15:21; suffix וַיְיַשְּׁרֵם‎ (Masoretes abbreviated וַיַּשְּׁרֵם‎) 2 Chronicles 32:30; 3 feminine singular תְּיַשֵּׁרProverbs 11:4; 1singular אֲיַשֵּׁרIsaiah 45:13; אֲיַשֵּׁר45:2 Qr (Kt Hiph`il אוֺשִׁר‎ Ges§ 70, 2 doubtless copyist's error); Imperative plural יַשְּׁרוּ40:3; Participle plural מְיַשְּׁרִיםProverbs 9:15; —

1 make smooth, straight, accusative מְסִלָּהIsaiah 40:3; הֲדוּרִים45:2; figurative, with דֶּרֶךְmake smooth or straight, i.e. free from obstacles, successful 45:13; Proverbs 11:5, אֹרַח3:5; in ethical sense, אָרְחוֺתָם הַמְיַשְּׁרִים9:15 those making straight their paths, going straightforward on their paths; יְיַשֶּׁרלָֿ֑כֶת15:21 maketh straight his going, goeth straightforwards.

2 lead straight along direct, waters of an aqueduct 2 Chronicles 32:30; (of the thunder Job 37:3 according to some; but see rather שָׁרָה‎)

3 esteem right, approve Psalm 119:128 (read יִשָּׁ֑רְתִּי לי פקודיך כל‎).

Pu`al Participle מְיֻשָּׁר זָהָב1 Kings 6:35 gold made level, laid smoothly out, upon the graven work.

Hiph`il Imperfect3plural נֶגְדֶּ֑ךָ יַיְשִׁרוּ עַפְעַמֶּיךָProverbs 4:25 let thine eyelids look straight before thee; Imperative דַּרְכֶּךָ הַיְ֯שַׁרmake thy way even Psalm 5:9 Qr (Kt הוֺשַׁר‎; see Ges70 (2)).