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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
Dictionary Aids

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.
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).
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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 not even a dog H3611 will [fn]threaten any of the sons of Israel, nor anything from person to animal, so that you may [fn]learn how the LORD distinguishes between Egypt and Israel.’
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:31 - “You shall be holy people to Me, therefore you shall not eat any flesh torn to pieces in the field; you shall throw it to the dogs H3611.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 23:18 - “You shall not bring the earnings of a prostitute or the money for a [fn]dog H3611 into the house of the LORD your God as payment for any vowed offering, because both of these are an abomination to the LORD your God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 7:5 - So he brought the people down to the water. Then the LORD said to Gideon, “You shall put everyone who laps the water with his tongue as a dog H3611 laps [fn]in one group, and everyone who kneels down to drink in another.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 17:43 - So the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog H3611, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:14 - “After whom has the king of Israel gone out? Whom are you pursuing? A dead dog H3611, a single flea?
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 3:8 - Then Abner became very angry over Ish-bosheth’s [fn]question and said, “Am I a dog’s H3611 head that belongs to Judah? Today I show kindness to the house of Saul your father, to his brothers and to his friends, and have not let you fall into the hands of David; yet today you call me to account for wrongdoing with [fn]that woman?
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 9:8 - Again he prostrated himself, and said, “What is your servant, that you should be concerned about a dead dog H3611 like me?”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:9 - Then Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog H3611 curse my lord the king? Now let me go over and [fn]cut off his head.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 14:11 - “Anyone belonging to Jeroboam who dies in the city, the dogs H3611 will eat. And anyone who dies in the field, the birds of the sky will eat; for the LORD has spoken it.”’
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 16:4 - “Anyone belonging to Baasha who dies in the city, the dogs H3611 will eat; and anyone belonging to him who dies in the field, the birds of the sky will eat.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 21:19 - “And you shall speak to him, saying, ‘This is what the LORD says: “Have you murdered and also taken possession?”’ And you shall speak to him, saying, ‘The LORD says this: “In the place where the dogs H3611 licked up the blood of Naboth, the dogs H3611 will lick up your blood, yours as well.”’”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 21:23 - “The LORD has also spoken of Jezebel, saying, ‘The dogs H3611 will eat Jezebel in the [fn]territory of Jezreel.’
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 21:24 - “The one belonging to Ahab, who dies in the city, the dogs H3611 will eat; and the one who dies in the field, the birds of the sky will eat.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 22:38 - They washed out the chariot by the pool of Samaria, and the dogs H3611 licked up his blood (it was there that the prostitutes bathed themselves) in accordance with the word of the LORD which He had spoken.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 8:13 - Then Hazael said, “But what is your servant—a lowly dog H3611—that he could do this great thing?” And Elisha [fn]answered, “The LORD has shown me that you will be king over Aram.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 9:10 - ‘The dogs H3611 will eat Jezebel in the territory of Jezreel, and no one will bury her.’” Then he opened the door and fled.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 9:36 - Therefore they returned and informed him. And he said, “This is the word of the LORD, which He spoke by His servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, ‘On the [fn]property of Jezreel the dogs H3611 shall eat the flesh of Jezebel;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:1 - “But now those who are younger than I mock me,
Whose fathers I refused to put with the dogs H3611 of my flock.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:16 - For dogs H3611 have surrounded me;
[fn]A band of evildoers has encompassed me;
[fn]They pierced my hands and my feet.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:20 - Save my [fn]soul from the sword,
My only life from the [fn]power of the dog H3611.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:6 - They return at evening, they howl like a dog H3611,
And prowl around the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:14 - They return at evening, they howl like a dog H3611,
And prowl around the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:23 - So that [fn]your foot may shatter them in blood,
And the tongue of your dogs H3611 may have its portion from your enemies.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:11 - Like a dog H3611 that returns to its vomit,
So is a fool who repeats [fn]his foolishness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:17 - Like one who takes a dog H3611 by the ears,
So is one who passes by and [fn]meddles with strife not belonging to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 9:4 - For whoever is joined to all the living, there is hope; for better a live dog H3611, than a dead lion.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 56:10 - His watchmen are blind,
All of them know nothing.
All of them are mute dogs H3611 unable to bark,
Dreamers lying down, who love to slumber;
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 56:11 - And the dogs H3611 are [fn]greedy, they [fn]are never satisfied.
And they are shepherds who have no understanding;
They have all turned to their own way,
Each one to his unjust gain, [fn]without exception.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:3 - But the one who slaughters an ox is like one who kills a person;
The one who sacrifices a lamb is like one who breaks a dog’s H3611 neck;
One who offers a grain offering is like one who offers pig’s blood;
One who [fn]burns incense is like one who blesses an idol.
As they have chosen their own ways,
And their souls delight in their abominations,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 15:3 - “And I will appoint over them four kinds of doom,” declares the LORD: “the sword to kill, the dogs H3611 to drag away, and the birds of the sky and the animals of the earth to devour and destroy.

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