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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.
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).
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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 any of the sons of Israel a dog H3611 will not even [fn]bark, whether against man or beast, that you may [fn]understand how the LORD makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.’
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:31 - “You shall be holy men 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 hire of a harlot or the wages of a [fn]dog H3611 into the house of the LORD your God for any votive offering, for 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. And the LORD said to Gideon, “You shall separate everyone who laps the water with his tongue as a dog H3611 laps, as well as everyone who kneels to drink.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 17:43 - 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 come out? Whom are you pursuing? A dead dog, H3611 a single flea?
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 3:8 - Then Abner was very angry over the words of Ish-bosheth 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 delivered you into the hands of David; and yet today you charge me with a guilt concerning the woman.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 9:8 - Again he prostrated himself and said, “What is your servant, that you should regard 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? Let me go over now 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 he who dies in the field the birds of the heavens will eat; for the LORD has spoken it.”’
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 16:4 - “Anyone of Baasha who dies in the city the dogs H3611 will eat, and anyone of his who dies in the field the birds of the heavens will eat.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 21:19 - “You shall speak to him, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Have you murdered and also taken possession?”’ And you shall speak to him, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD, “In the place where the dogs H3611 licked up the blood of Naboth the dogs H3611 will lick up your blood, even yours.”’”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 21:23 - “Of Jezebel also has the LORD spoken, saying, ‘The dogs H3611 will eat Jezebel in the [fn]district 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 heaven will eat.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 22:38 - They washed the chariot by the pool of Samaria, and the dogs H3611 licked up his blood (now the harlots bathed themselves there), according to the word of the LORD which He spoke.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 8:13 - Then Hazael said, “But what is your servant, who is but a dog, H3611 that he should 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 shall eat Jezebel in the territory of Jezreel, and none shall bury her.’” Then he opened the door and fled.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 9:36 - Therefore they returned and told him. And he said, “This is the word of the LORD, which He spoke by His servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, ‘In the [fn]property of Jezreel the dogs H3611 shall eat the flesh of Jezebel;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:1 - “But now those younger than I mock me,
Whose fathers I disdained 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 - Deliver 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 go around the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:14 - They return at evening, they howl like a dog, H3611
And go around the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:23 - That [fn]your foot may shatter them in blood,
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
Is a fool who repeats [fn]his folly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:17 - Like one who takes a dog H3611 by the ears
Is he who passes by and [fn]meddles with strife not belonging to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 9:4 - For whoever is joined with all the living, there is hope; surely a live dog H3611 is better 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,
[fn]Dreamers lying down, who love to slumber;
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 56:11 - And the dogs H3611 are [fn]greedy, they [fn]are not satisfied.
And they are shepherds who have no understanding;
They have all turned to their own way,
Each one to his unjust gain, to the last one.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:3 - But he who kills an ox is like one who slays a man;
He who sacrifices a lamb is like the one who breaks a dog’s H3611 neck;
He who offers a grain offering is like one who offers swine’s blood;
He who [fn]burns incense is like the one who blesses an idol.
As they have chosen their own ways,
And their soul delights in their abominations,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 15:3 - “I will appoint over them four kinds of doom,” declares the LORD: “the sword to slay, the dogs H3611 to drag off, and the birds of the sky and the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy.
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