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Lexicon :: Strong's H3556 - kôḵāḇ

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Part of Speech
masculine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
Probably from the same as כַּבּוֹן (H3522) (in the sense of rolling) or כָּוָה (H3554) (in the sense of blazing)
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TWOT Reference: 942a

Strong’s Definitions

כּוֹכָב kôwkâb, ko-kawb'; probably from the same as H3522 (in the sense of rolling) or H3554 (in the sense of blazing); a star (as round or as shining); figuratively, a prince:—star(-gazer).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 37x

The KJV translates Strong's H3556 in the following manner: star (36x), stargazers (with H2374) (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 37x
The KJV translates Strong's H3556 in the following manner: star (36x), stargazers (with H2374) (1x).
  1. star

    1. of Messiah, brothers, youth, numerous progeny, personification, God's omniscience (fig.)

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
כּוֹכָב kôwkâb, ko-kawb'; probably from the same as H3522 (in the sense of rolling) or H3554 (in the sense of blazing); a star (as round or as shining); figuratively, a prince:—star(-gazer).
STRONGS H3556: Abbreviations
כּוֺכָב noun masculineGenesis 15:5 star (Late Hebrew id.; Aramaic כּוֺכְבָא, כּוֺכַבְתָּא bdb045609, bdb045610, feminine form specifically of planet Venus, see also WeSkizzen iii. 36, 38; Arabic bdb045611 generally of single stars and probably Aramaic loan-word, WeSkizzen iii. 173; Ethiopic bdb045612; probably for *כבכב see Mahri kubkob, kobkib, etc., MaltzanZMG 1873, 227 and Assyrian kakkabu DlHWB 336; Punic κακαβουμ (Dioscorides), name of a plant, probably from shape of seed-cup, BlauZMG xxvii, 1873, 529; on formation compare NöM § 109 BaNB § 138. 1) — כ׳ absolute Numbers 24:17; construct כּוֺכַב Amos 5:26; plural כּוֺכָבִים Genesis 1:16 19 times; construct כּוֺכְבֵי (כֹּכְבֵי) Genesis 22:17 13 times; כֹּכְבֵיהֶם Ezekiel 32:7; — singular only אֱלֹהֵיכֶם כ׳ Amos 5:26 (where, however, כ׳ is probably a gloss, so GFM Dec. 19, 1890, and now We; see further כִּיּוּן); and מִיַּעֲקֹב כ׳ Numbers 24:12 (J E; || שֵׁבֶט בישׂראל, metaphor of future ruler); elsewhere plural stars, || sun and moon (compare also below) Genesis 1:16 (P) Psalm 136:9 (to rule the night, compare Genesis 1:16), Jeremiah 31:35; Genesis 37:9 (E), Joseph's dream (אַחַד עָשָׂר כ׳ = 11 brethren); Deuteronomy 4:19 object of idolatrous worship (compare below); observed in augury הַחֹזִים בַּכּ׳ Isaiah 47:13 (of Babylon); Ecclesiastes 12:2 (|| (also) light; figurative of brightness of youth); || sun Job 9:7; || moon Psalm 8:4; sign of evening Nehemiah 4:15 (מֵעֲלוֺת הַשַּׁחַר עַד צֵאת הַכּ׳) compare כּוֺכְבֵי נִשְׁכּוֺ Job 3:9 (apparently sign of dawn); numbered by God Psalm 147:4; simile of abundant posterity, Genesis 15:5; Genesis 22:17; Genesis 26:4; Exodus 32:13 (all J E); of Israel Deuteronomy 1:10; Deuteronomy 10:22; Deuteronomy 28:62; 1 Chronicles 27:32; Nehemiah 9:23; of number of merchants of Nineveh Nahum 3:16; as lofty, Job 22:12; so in figure of haughty nations Obadiah 4; Isaiah 14:13; compare symbolic vision of Daniel (|| צָבָא, צְבָא הַשָּׁמַיִם) Daniel 8:10; simile of brightness of righteous Daniel 12:3; not pure (זַכּוּ) before God Job 25:5 (|| moon); darkened in Yahweh's judgment Joel 2:10; Joel 4:15; Ezekiel 32:7 (|| sun and moon; so) Isaiah 13:10 (|| also כְּסִילֵיהֶם); personified: as fighting Judges 5:20; shouting Job 38:7 (בְּרָןיַֿחַד כּוֺכְבֵי בֹקֶר, || בְּנֵי אֱלֹחִים); praising Psalm 148:3 (כּוֺכְבֵי אוֺר, || sun and moon). — On stars in Arabic mythology see WeSkizzen iii. 173 f.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


1:16; 1:16; 1:16; 15:5; 15:5; 22:17; 22:17; 26:4; 37:9




24:12; 24:17


1:10; 4:19; 10:22; 28:62



1 Chronicles



4:15; 9:23


3:9; 9:7; 22:12; 25:5; 38:7


8:4; 136:9; 147:4; 148:3




13:10; 14:13; 47:13




32:7; 32:7


8:10; 12:3




5:26; 5:26






Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H3556 matches the Hebrew כּוֹכָב (kôḵāḇ),
which occurs 37 times in 37 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 1:16 - So God made the two [fn]great lights, the greater [fn]light [fn]to rule the day, and the lesser [fn]light [fn]to rule the night, and also the stars H3556.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:5 - And He brought him outside and said, “Now look toward the heavens, and number the stars H3556, if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your seed be.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 22:17 - indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars H3556 of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of his enemies.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:4 - “And I will multiply your seed as the stars H3556 of heaven, and I will give your seed all these lands; and by your seed all the nations of the earth [fn]shall be blessed;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:9 -

Then he [fn]had still another dream and recounted it to his brothers and said, “Behold, I have [fn]had still another dream; and behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars H3556 were bowing down to me.”

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 32:13 - “Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants to whom You swore by Yourself, and You said to them, ‘I will multiply your seed as the stars H3556 of the heavens, and all this land of which I have spoken I will give to your seed, and they shall inherit it forever.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:17 -

“I see him, but not now;

I behold him, but not near;

A star H3556 shall come forth from Jacob,

A scepter shall rise from Israel,

And shall crush through the [fn]forehead of Moab,

And [fn]tear down all the sons of [fn]Sheth.

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 1:10 - ‘Yahweh your God has multiplied you, and behold, you are this day like the stars H3556 of heaven in number.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:19 - and lest you lift up your eyes to heaven and see the sun and the moon and the stars H3556, all the host of heaven, and be drawn away and worship them and serve them, those which Yahweh your God has apportioned for all the peoples under the whole heaven.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 10:22 - “Your fathers went down to Egypt seventy persons in all, and now Yahweh your God has made you as numerous as the stars H3556 of heaven.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 28:62 - “Then you shall remain few in number, whereas you were as numerous as the stars H3556 of heaven, because you did not listen to the voice of Yahweh your God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:20 -

“The stars H3556 fought from heaven;

From their courses they fought against Sisera.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 27:23 -

But David did not take up a count of those twenty years of age and under, because Yahweh had said He would multiply Israel as the stars H3556 of heaven.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 4:21 -

So we kept doing the work with half of them holding spears from [fn]dawn until the stars H3556 came out.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 9:23 -

“You made their sons numerous as the stars H3556 of heaven,

And You brought them into the land

Which You had said for their fathers to enter and possess.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:9 -

“Let the stars H3556 of its twilight be darkened;

Let it hope for light but have none,

And let it not see the [fn]breaking dawn,

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:7 -

The One who says for the sun [fn]not to shine,

And sets a seal upon the stars H3556;

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 22:12 -

“Is not God in the height of heaven?

Look also at the [fn]distant stars H3556, how high they are!

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 25:5 -

“Behold even the moon has no brightness,

And the stars H3556 are not pure in His sight;

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:7 -

When the morning stars H3556 sang together

And all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 8:3 -

When I see Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,

The moon and the stars H3556, which You have established;

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 136:9 -

The moon and stars H3556 to rule [fn]by night,

For His lovingkindness endures forever.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 147:4 -

Who counts the number of the stars H3556;

He [fn]gives names to all of them.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 148:3 -

Praise Him, sun and moon;

Praise Him, all stars H3556 of light!

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 12:2 - before the sun and the light, the moon and the stars H3556 are darkened, and clouds return after the rain;
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 13:10 -

For the stars H3556 of heaven and their constellations

Will not flash forth their light;

The sun will be dark when it rises

And the moon will not shed its light.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 14:13 -

“But you said in your heart,

‘I will ascend to heaven;

I will raise my throne above the stars H3556 of God,

And I will sit on the mount of assembly

In the recesses of the north.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 47:13 -

“You are wearied with your many counsels;

Let now the astrologers,

Those who behold visions by the stars H3556,

Those who predict by the new moons,

Stand up and save you from what will come upon you.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:35 -

Thus says Yahweh,

Who gives the sun for light by day

And the statutes for the moon and the stars H3556 for light by night,

Who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar;

Yahweh of hosts is His name:

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 32:7 -

“And when I extinguish you,

I will cover the heavens and darken their stars H3556;

I will cover the sun with a cloud,

And the moon will not give its light.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 8:10 - Then it grew up to the host of heaven and caused some of the host and some of the stars H3556 to fall to the earth, and it trampled them down.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 12:3 - [fn]And those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the [fn]expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars H3556 forever and ever.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 2:10 -

Before them the earth trembles;

The heavens quake;

The sun and the moon grow dark,

And the stars H3556 [fn]lose their brightness.

Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 3:15 -

The sun and moon grow dark,

And the stars H3556 lose their brightness.

Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 5:26 - “You also carried along [fn]Sikkuth your king and [fn]Kiyyun, your images, [fn]the star H3556 of your gods which you made for yourselves.
Unchecked Copy BoxOba 1:4 -

“Though you build loftily like the eagle,

Though you set your nest among the stars H3556,

From there I will bring you down,” declares Yahweh.

Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:16 -

You have increased your traders more than the stars H3556 of heaven

The creeping locust [fn]strips and flies away.

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