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King James Dictionary [1]

Lack, L deliquium, which seems to be connected with linquo, to leave, to faint, and with liquo, to melt, liquid, &c.

1. To want to be destitute of not to have or possess.

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask it of God -  James 1 .

2. To blame. Not in use.


1. To be in want.

The young lions do lack and suffer hunger.  Psalms 34 .

2. To be wanting.

Perhaps there shall lack five of the fifty righteous.

 Genesis 18 .

LACK, n. Want destitution need failure.

He that gathered little, had no lack.  Exodus 14 .

Lack of rupees is one hundred thousand rupees, which at 55 cents each, amount to fifty five thousand dollars, or at 2s. 6d. sterling, to 12,500 pounds.

Webster's Dictionary [2]

(1): ( n.) Deficiency; want; need; destitution; failure; as, a lack of sufficient food.

(2): ( n.) Blame; cause of blame; fault; crime; offense.

(3): ( v. i.) To be in want.

(4): ( v. t.) To blame; to find fault with.

(5): ( v. t.) To be without or destitute of; to want; to need.

(6): ( v. i.) To be wanting; often, impersonally, with of, meaning, to be less than, short, not quite, etc.

(7): ( interj.) Exclamation of regret or surprise.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia [3]

(forms of חסר , ḥāṣēr , "to lack," אין , 'ayin , "nought"): This word in its various forms has the usual meaning of "want," "need," "deficiency." There is but little change in the use of the word in the different versions. Sometimes one of the common synonyms is exchanged for the word itself, e.g. in the Old Testament,   1 Samuel 21:15 the Revised Version (British and American) has "lack" ("Do I lack madmen?") where the King James Version has "need of";   Proverbs 5:23 , "for lack," instead of "without";  Proverbs 6:32 , "void of" for "lacketh";  Proverbs 10:21 , "lack" for "want";  Proverbs 31:11 , "lack" for "need";  Isaiah 59:15 , "lacking" for "faileth." In the New Testament "lack" is the translation of ὑστερέω , husteréō , literally, "to be behind," and ἐνδεής , endeḗs , "in want." In  Luke 8:6 , the Revised Version (British and American) reads "had no" instead of "lacked" in the King James Version. In  2 Corinthians 11:9 , the Revised Version gives "my want" for "which was lacking to me" in the King James Version; in  Colossians 1:24 "that which is lacking" for "that which is behind";   James 2:15 "lack" for "destitute." It will readily be seen that sometimes the slight variation helps to explain the meaning.