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Lexicon :: Strong's H3611 - keleḇ

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Part of Speech
masculine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
From an unused root means. to yelp, or else to attack
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TWOT Reference: 981a

Strong’s Definitions

כֶּלֶב keleb, keh'-leb; from an unused root means. to yelp, or else to attack; a dog; hence (by euphemism) a male prostitute:—dog.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 32x

The KJV translates Strong's H3611 in the following manner: dog (32x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 32x
The KJV translates Strong's H3611 in the following manner: dog (32x).
  1. dog

    1. dog (literal)

    2. contempt or abasement (fig.)

    3. of pagan sacrifice

    4. of male cult prostitute (fig.)

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
כֶּלֶב keleb, keh'-leb; from an unused root means. to yelp, or else to attack; a dog; hence (by euphemism) a male prostitute:—dog.
STRONGS H3611: Abbreviations
כֶּ֫לֶב noun masculine1Sam 24:15 dog (Late Hebrew id.; Phoenician כלב; Aramaic כַּלְבָּא, bdb047611, Arabic bdb047612; Ethiopic bdb047613 Assyrian kalbu DlHWB 328) — absolute כ׳ Judges 7:5 + 16 times, כָּ֑לֶב Psalm 59:7; Psalm 59:15; plural כְּלָבִים 1 Kings 14:11 + 12 times; construct כַּלְבֵי Job 30:1; suffix כְּלָבֶיךָ Psalm 68:24; — dog:
a. literal 1 Kings 14:11; 1 Kings 16:4; 1 Kings 21:19 (twice in verse); 1 Kings 21:23, 24; 1 Kings 22:38; 2 Kings 9:10, 36 (all of fierce, hungry dogs, devouring dead bodies and licking blood); compare Jeremiah 15:3 and (לְשׁוֺן כְּלָבֶיךָ) Psalm 68:24; eating torn flesh, Exodus 22:30 (E), כַּלְבֵי צאֹנִי = my sheep-dogs, only Job 30:1 (in both these with implied inferiority); dog-sacrifice was a heathen rite Isaiah 66:3 (Di and others); see especially RSSemitic i, 273 (291), 325 (343); invarious simile Judges 7:5; Proverbs 26:11, 17; Psalm 59:7; Psalm 59:15; in proverbial sayings: לֹא לִשֹׁנוֺ יֶחֱרַץכֿ׳ Exodus 11:7 (see I. חרץ); מֵת טוֺב מִןֿ לְכ׳ הָאַרְיֵה הַמֵּת Ecclesiastes 9:4.
b. applied, figurative, to men, in contempt 1 Samuel 17:43, so of psalmist's enemies Psalm 22:17; Psalm 22:21, or in excessive humility 2 Kings 8:13; still more emphatically מֵת כ׳ a dead dog, הַמֵּת הַכּ׳ 2 Samuel 9:8; 2 Samuel 16:9; also ראֹשׁ כ׳ 2 Samuel 3:8; כְּלָבִים אִלְּמִים Isaiah 56:10 (of misleading prophets), עַזֵּי נֶפֶשׁ הַכּ׳ Isaiah 56:11 (id.); כ׳ was name given to male temple-prostitutes Deuteronomy 23:19 (see Dr; compare H6945 קָדֵשׁ).
Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon, Unabridged, Electronic Database.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


11:7; 22:30




7:5; 7:5

1 Samuel

17:43; 24:15

2 Samuel

3:8; 9:8; 16:9

1 Kings

14:11; 14:11; 16:4; 21:19; 21:23; 21:24; 22:38

2 Kings

8:13; 9:10; 9:36


30:1; 30:1


22:17; 22:21; 59:7; 59:7; 59:15; 59:15; 68:24; 68:24


26:11; 26:17




56:10; 56:11; 66:3



Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H3611 matches the Hebrew כֶּלֶב (keleḇ),
which occurs 32 times in 31 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 11:7 -

“But against all the Israelites, whether people or animals, not even a dog will snarl,[fn] so that you may know that the LORD makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:31 -

“Be my holy people. You must not eat the meat of a mauled animal found in the field; throw it to the dogs.

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 23:18 -

“Do not bring a female prostitute’s wages or a male prostitute’s[fn] earnings into the house of the LORD your God to fulfill any vow, because both are detestable to the LORD your God.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 7:5 -

So he brought the troops down to the water, and the LORD said to Gideon, “Separate everyone who laps water with his tongue like a dog. Do the same with everyone who kneels to drink.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 17:43 -

He said to David, “Am I a dog that you come against me with sticks? ”[fn] Then he cursed David by his gods.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:14 -

“Who has the king of Israel come after? What are you chasing after? A dead dog? A single flea?

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 3:8 -

Abner was very angry about Ish-bosheth’s accusation. “Am I a dog’s head[fn] who belongs to Judah? ” he asked. “All this time I’ve been loyal to the family of your father Saul, to his brothers, and to his friends and haven’t betrayed you to David, but now you accuse me of wrongdoing with this woman!

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 9:8 -

Mephibosheth paid homage and said, “What is your servant that you take an interest in a dead dog like me? ”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:9 -

Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and remove his head! ”

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 14:11 -

“Anyone who belongs to Jeroboam and dies in the city,

the dogs will eat,

and anyone who dies in the field,

the birds[fn] will eat,

for the LORD has spoken! ’

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 16:4 -

“Anyone who belongs to Baasha and dies in the city,

the dogs will eat,

and anyone who is his and dies in the field,

the birds[fn] will eat.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 21:19 -

“Tell him, ‘This is what the LORD says: Have you murdered and also taken possession? ’ Then tell him, ‘This is what the LORD says: In the place where the dogs licked up Naboth’s blood, the dogs will also lick up your blood! ’ ”

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 21:23 -

“The LORD also speaks of Jezebel: ‘The dogs will eat Jezebel in the plot of land[fn] at Jezreel:

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 21:24 -

“Anyone who belongs to Ahab and dies in the city, the dogs will eat,

and anyone who dies in the field, the birds[fn] will eat.’ ”

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 22:38 -

Then someone washed the chariot at the pool of Samaria. The dogs licked up his blood, and the prostitutes bathed in it, according to the word of the LORD that he had spoken.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 8:13 -

Hazael said, “How could your servant, a mere dog, do such a mighty deed? ”

Elisha answered, “The LORD has shown me that you will be king over Aram.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 9:10 -

“The dogs will eat Jezebel in the plot of land at Jezreel ​— ​no one will bury her.’ ” Then the young prophet opened the door and escaped.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 9:36 -

So they went back and told him, and he said, “This fulfills the LORD’s word that he spoke through his servant Elijah the Tishbite: ‘In the plot of land at Jezreel, the dogs will eat Jezebel’s flesh.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:1 -

But now they mock me,

men younger than I am,

whose fathers I would have refused to put

with my sheep dogs.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:16 -

For dogs have surrounded me;

a gang of evildoers has closed in on me;

they pierced[fn] my hands and my feet.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:20 -

Rescue my life from the sword,

my only life[fn] from the power of these dogs.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:6 -

They return at evening, snarling like dogs

and prowling around the city.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:14 -

And they return at evening, snarling like dogs

and prowling around the city.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:23 -

“so that your foot may wade[fn] in blood

and your dogs’ tongues may have their share

from the enemies.”

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:11 -

As a dog returns to its vomit,

so also a fool repeats his foolishness.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:17 -

A person who is passing by and meddles in a quarrel that’s not his

is like one who grabs a dog by the ears.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 9:4 -

But there is hope for whoever is joined[fn] with all the living, since a live dog is better than a dead lion.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 56:10 -

Israel’s[fn] watchmen are blind, all of them,

they know nothing;

all of them are mute dogs,

they cannot bark;

they dream, lie down,

and love to sleep.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 56:11 -

These dogs have fierce appetites;

they never have enough.

And they are shepherds

who have no discernment;

all of them turn to their own way,

every last one for his own profit.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:3 -

One person slaughters an ox, another kills a person;

one person sacrifices a lamb, another breaks a dog’s neck;

one person offers a grain offering, another offers pig’s blood;

one person offers incense, another praises an idol —

all these have chosen their ways

and delight in their abhorrent practices.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 15:3 -

“I will ordain four kinds[fn] of judgment for them” ​— ​this is the LORD’s declaration ​— ​“the sword to kill, the dogs to drag away, and the birds of the sky and the wild animals of the land to devour and destroy.

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