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Lexicon :: Strong's H3878 - lēvî

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proper masculine noun
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TWOT Reference: 1093

Strong’s Definitions

לֵוִי Lêvîy, lay-vee'; from H3867; attached; Levi, a son of Jacob:—Levi. See also H3879, H3881.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 64x

The KJV translates Strong's H3878 in the following manner: Levi (64x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 64x
The KJV translates Strong's H3878 in the following manner: Levi (64x).
  1. Levi = "joined to"

    1. the 3rd son of Jacob by Leah and progenitor of tribe of Levites

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
לֵוִי Lêvîy, lay-vee'; from H3867; attached; Levi, a son of Jacob:—Levi. See also H3879, H3881.
STRONGS H3878: Abbreviations
† I. לֵוִי proper name, masculine Levi (√ and meaning dubious; Genesis 29:34 (J) interpreted as joined, i.e. husband to wife; Numbers 18:2, 4 (P; apparently in word-play) of Levites as joined to, attendant upon, Aaron; originally as attached to, accompanying Israel from Egypt, LagOr. ii. 20 f.; as attached to, attending upon the ark, BauPriest. 74; in this case I. לֵוִי would be derived from II. לֵוִי in priestly sense; HomA. u. A. 1890, 30 f. proposes Minaean לוא, lau'ân, priest, compare IdSüd-Arab. Chrest. 127; against all such views see KauSK 1890, 771 f. WeProl. ed. 5, 141; Hist. Israel 145 StaZAW i (1881), 112 ff. GrayProp. Names, p. 96, compare NöZMG xi (1886). 167, make לֵוִי name, of a people from לֵאָה (H3812 which see); compare a further suggestion WeSkizzen iii. 114) — Greek Version of the LXX Λευ(ε)ι(ν); —
b. as head of a family of descendants, in phrase בֵּית לֵוִי Exodus 2:1 (E), and (with reference to tribe; late) Numbers 17:23, ל׳ בֵּית מִשְׁפַחַת Zechariah 12:13.
c. often בְּנֵי(־)ל׳ Exodus 32:26, 28 (E), Joshua 21:10 (P), בְּנֵי(־)ל׳ with tribal reference Numbers 3:15; Numbers 4:2; Numbers 18:21 (charged with service of tabernacle, and hence to receive tithes; all P); as priests הַכֹּהֲנִים בְּנֵי לֵוִי Deuteronomy 21:5; Deuteronomy 31:9, compare Malachi 3:3, and לֹא הָיוּ מִבְּנֵי ל׳ 1 Kings 12:31; from the בְּנֵי ל׳ the Zadokites are selected as priests Ezekiel 40:46; according to 1 Chronicles 9:18; 1 Chronicles 23:24, 27 בְּנֵי ל׳ are subordinate officials in temple (compare 1 Chronicles 23:28f.), compare 1 Chronicles 24:20; sharply distinguished from priests Ezra 8:15; Nehemiah 12:23 (compare Nehemiah 12:22); so also in later stratum of story of Korah's revolt Numbers 16:7, 8, 10 (P2).
2. as name of tribe, שֵׁבֶט ל׳ Deuteronomy 18:1 (priestly tribe), מַטֵּה ל׳ Numbers 1:49 (in charge of tabernacle), Numbers 3:6; Numbers 18:2 (ministers unto Aaron); לֵוִי alone = (tribe of) Levi Deuteronomy 27:12; Deuteronomy 33:8 (earlier poem), Numbers 26:58 (P), Ezekiel 48:31; Malachi 2:4 (priestly tribe, compare Malachi 2:1), 1 Chronicles 21:6; 1 Chronicles 27:17; מַטֵּה ל׳ =rod of (the tribe of) Levi Numbers 17:18 (P); also (no inheritance, because charged with service of tabernacle) Deuteronomy 10:9.

See related Aramaic BDB entry H3879.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


29:34; 29:34; 34:25; 34:30; 35:23; 35:23; 46:11; 49:5


1:2; 2:1; 2:1; 6:16; 16:16; 32:26; 32:28


1:49; 3:6; 3:15; 3:17; 4:2; 16:1; 16:7; 16:8; 16:10; 18:2; 18:2; 18:4; 18:21; 26:58; 26:59


10:9; 18:1; 21:5; 27:12; 31:9; 33:8



1 Kings


1 Chronicles

5:22; 6:1; 6:4; 6:23; 6:28; 6:32; 9:18; 21; 21:6; 23:6; 23:24; 23:27; 23:28; 24:20; 27:17


8:15; 8:18


12:22; 12:23


40:46; 48:31




2:1; 2:4; 3:3


Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H3878 matches the Hebrew לֵוִי (lēvî),
which occurs 64 times in 61 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 2 (Gen 29:34–1Ch 24:20)

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 29:34 - Again she conceived and bore a son, and said, “Now this time my husband will be attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” Therefore his name was called Levi.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:25 - On the third day, when they were sore, two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, took their swords and came against the city while it felt secure and killed all the males.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:30 - Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have brought trouble on me by making me stink to the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites and the Perizzites. My numbers are few, and if they gather themselves against me and attack me, I shall be destroyed, both I and my household.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:23 - The sons of Leah: Reuben (Jacob’s firstborn), Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 46:11 - The sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:5 - “Simeon and Levi are brothers;
weapons of violence are their swords.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:2 - Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah,
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 2:1 - Now a man from the house of Levi went and took as his wife a Levite woman.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 6:16 - These are the names of the sons of Levi according to their generations: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari, the years of the life of Levi being 137 years.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 6:19 - The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. These are the clans of the Levites according to their generations.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 32:26 - then Moses stood in the gate of the camp and said, “Who is on the LORD’s side? Come to me.” And all the sons of Levi gathered around him.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 32:28 - And the sons of Levi did according to the word of Moses. And that day about three thousand men of the people fell.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 1:49 - “Only the tribe of Levi you shall not list, and you shall not take a census of them among the people of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:6 - “Bring the tribe of Levi near, and set them before Aaron the priest, that they may minister to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:15 - “List the sons of Levi, by fathers’ houses and by clans; every male from a month old and upward you shall list.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:17 - And these were the sons of Levi by their names: Gershon and Kohath and Merari.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:2 - “Take a census of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, by their clans and their fathers’ houses,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:1 - Now Korah the son of Izhar, son of Kohath, son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:7 - put fire in them and put incense on them before the LORD tomorrow, and the man whom the LORD chooses shall be the holy one. You have gone too far, sons of Levi!”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:8 - And Moses said to Korah, “Hear now, you sons of Levi:
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:10 - and that he has brought you near him, and all your brothers the sons of Levi with you? And would you seek the priesthood also?
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 17:3 - and write Aaron’s name on the staff of Levi. For there shall be one staff for the head of each fathers’ house.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 17:8 - On the next day Moses went into the tent of the testimony, and behold, the staff of Aaron for the house of Levi had sprouted and put forth buds and produced blossoms, and it bore ripe almonds.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:2 - And with you bring your brothers also, the tribe of Levi, the tribe of your father, that they may join you and minister to you while you and your sons with you are before the tent of the testimony.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:21 - “To the Levites I have given every tithe in Israel for an inheritance, in return for their service that they do, their service in the tent of meeting,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:59 - The name of Amram’s wife was Jochebed the daughter of Levi, who was born to Levi in Egypt. And she bore to Amram Aaron and Moses and Miriam their sister.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 10:8 - At that time the LORD set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the ark of the covenant of the LORD to stand before the LORD to minister to him and to bless in his name, to this day.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 10:9 - Therefore Levi has no portion or inheritance with his brothers. The LORD is his inheritance, as the LORD your God said to him.)
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 18:1 - “The Levitical priests, all the tribe of Levi, shall have no portion or inheritance with Israel. They shall eat the LORD’s food offerings[fn] as their[fn] inheritance.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:5 - Then the priests, the sons of Levi, shall come forward, for the LORD your God has chosen them to minister to him and to bless in the name of the LORD, and by their word every dispute and every assault shall be settled.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 27:12 - “When you have crossed over the Jordan, these shall stand on Mount Gerizim to bless the people: Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph, and Benjamin.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 31:9 - Then Moses wrote this law and gave it to the priests, the sons of Levi, who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and to all the elders of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 33:8 - And of Levi he said,
“Give to Levi[fn] your Thummim,
and your Urim to your godly one,
whom you tested at Massah,
with whom you quarreled at the waters of Meribah;
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 13:14 - To the tribe of Levi alone Moses gave no inheritance. The offerings by fire to the LORD God of Israel are their inheritance, as he said to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 13:33 - But to the tribe of Levi Moses gave no inheritance; the LORD God of Israel is their inheritance, just as he said to them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 21:10 - which went to the descendants of Aaron, one of the clans of the Kohathites who belonged to the people of Levi; since the lot fell to them first.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 12:31 - He also made temples on high places and appointed priests from among all the people, who were not of the Levites.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 2:1 - These are the sons of Israel: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 6:1 - [fn] The sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 6:16 - [fn] The sons of Levi: Gershom, Kohath, and Merari.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 6:38 - son of Izhar, son of Kohath, son of Levi, son of Israel;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 6:43 - son of Jahath, son of Gershom, son of Levi.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 6:47 - son of Mahli, son of Mushi, son of Merari, son of Levi.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 9:18 - until then they were in the king’s gate on the east side as the gatekeepers of the camps of the Levites.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:26 - Of the Levites 4,600.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:6 - But he did not include Levi and Benjamin in the numbering, for the king’s command was abhorrent to Joab.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:6 - And David organized them in divisions corresponding to the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:14 - But the sons of Moses the man of God were named among the tribe of Levi.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:24 - These were the sons of Levi by their fathers’ houses, the heads of fathers’ houses as they were listed according to the number of the names of the individuals from twenty years old and upward who were to do the work for the service of the house of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 24:20 - And of the rest of the sons of Levi: of the sons of Amram, Shubael; of the sons of Shubael, Jehdeiah.

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