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Lexicon :: Strong's H3878 - lēvî

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Part of Speech
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 - And she conceived again and gave birth to a son, and said, “Now this time my husband will become [fn]attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” Therefore he was named Levi H3878.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:25 -

Now it came about on the third day, when they were in pain, that two of Jacob’s sons—Simeon and Levi H3878, Dinah’s brothers—each took his sword and came upon the city undetected, and killed every male.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:30 - Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi H3878, “You have brought trouble on me by making me repulsive among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites; and [fn]since my men are few in number, they will band together against me and [fn]attack me, and I will be destroyed, I and my household!”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:23 - the sons of Leah were Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn, then Simeon, Levi H3878, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 46:11 - And the sons of Levi H3878: [fn]Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:5 -

“Simeon and Levi H3878 are brothers;

Their [fn]swords are implements of violence.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:2 - Reuben, Simeon, Levi H3878, and Judah;
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 2:1 -

Now a man from the house of Levi H3878 went and [fn]married a daughter of Levi H3878.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 6:16 - And these are the names of the sons of Levi H3878 according to their generations: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari; and the [fn]length of Levi’s H3878 life was 137 years.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 6:19 - And the sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. These are the families of the Levites according to their generations.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 32:26 - Moses then stood at the gate of the camp, and said, “Whoever is for the LORD, come to me!” And all the sons of Levi H3878 gathered together to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 32:28 - So the sons of Levi H3878 did [fn]as Moses instructed, and about three thousand men of the people fell that day.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 1:49 - “Only the tribe of Levi H3878 you shall not count, nor shall you take their [fn]census among the sons of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:6 - “Bring the tribe of Levi H3878 forward and present them before Aaron the priest, that they may serve him.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:15 - [fn]Count the sons of Levi H3878 by their fathers’ households, by their families; every male from a month old and upward you shall count.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:17 - These, then, are the sons of Levi H3878 by their names: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:2 - “Take a [fn]census of the [fn]descendants of Kohath from among the sons of Levi H3878, by their families, by their fathers’ households,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:1 -

Now Korah the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi H3878, with Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men,

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:7 - and put fire in them, and place incense upon them in the presence of the LORD tomorrow; and the man whom the LORD chooses shall be the one who is holy. [fn]You have gone far enough, you sons of Levi H3878!”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:8 -

Then Moses said to Korah, “Hear now, you sons of Levi H3878:

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:10 - and that He has brought you near, Korah, and all your brothers, sons of Levi H3878, with you? But are you seeking the priesthood as well?
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 17:3 - and write Aaron’s name on the staff of Levi H3878; for there is to be one staff for the head of each of their fathers’ households.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 17:8 -

Now on the next day Moses went into the tent of the testimony; and behold, Aaron’s staff for the house of Levi H3878 had sprouted and produced buds and bloomed with blossoms, and it yielded ripe almonds.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:2 - “But also bring your brothers with you, the tribe of Levi H3878, the tribe of your father, so that they may join you and serve you, while you and your sons with you are before the tent of the testimony.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:21 -

“To the sons of Levi H3878, behold, I have given all the tithe in Israel as an inheritance, in return for their service which they perform, the service of the tent of meeting.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:59 - And the name of Amram’s wife was Jochebed, the daughter of Levi H3878, who was born to Levi H3878 in Egypt; and she bore to Amram Aaron and Moses, and their sister Miriam.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 10:8 - At that time the LORD singled out the tribe of Levi H3878 to carry the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to serve Him and to bless in His name, until this day.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 10:9 - Therefore, Levi H3878 does not have a portion or inheritance with his brothers; the LORD is his inheritance, just as the LORD your God spoke to him.)
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 18:1 -

“The Levitical priests, the whole tribe of Levi H3878, shall not have a portion or inheritance with Israel; they shall eat the LORD’S offerings by fire and His [fn]property.

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:5 - “Then the priests, the sons of Levi H3878, shall come forward, because the LORD your God has chosen them to serve Him and to bless in the name of the LORD; and every dispute and [fn]violent crime shall be [fn]settled by them.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 27:12 - “When you cross the Jordan, these tribes shall stand on Mount Gerizim to bless the people: Simeon, Levi H3878, Judah, Issachar, Joseph, and Benjamin.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 31:9 -

So Moses wrote this Law and gave it to the priests, the sons of Levi H3878 who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and to all the elders of Israel.

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 33:8 -

Of Levi H3878 he said,

Let Your Thummim and Your Urim belong to Your godly man,

Whom You tested at Massah,

With [fn]whom You contended at the waters of Meribah;

Unchecked Copy BoxJos 13:14 - Only to the tribe of Levi H3878 he did not give an inheritance; the offerings by fire to the LORD, the God of Israel, are [fn]their inheritance, as He spoke to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 13:33 - But to the tribe of Levi H3878, Moses did not give an inheritance; the LORD, the God of Israel, is their inheritance, as He had [fn]promised to them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 21:10 - and they were for the sons of Aaron, one of the families of the Kohathites, of the sons of Levi H3878, because the lot was theirs first.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 12:31 - And he made houses on high places, and [fn]appointed priests from [fn]all the people who were not of the sons of Levi H3878.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 2:1 -

These were the sons of Israel: Reuben, Simeon, Levi H3878, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun,

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 6:1 -

[fn]The sons of Levi H3878 were [fn]Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 6:16 -

[fn]The sons of Levi H3878 were [fn]Gershom, Kohath, and Merari.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 6:38 - the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi H3878, the son of Israel.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 6:43 - the son of Jahath, the son of Gershom, the son of Levi H3878.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 6:47 - the son of Mahli, the son of Mushi, the son of Merari, the son of Levi H3878.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 9:18 - being stationed until now at the king’s gate to the east). These were the gatekeepers for the camp of the sons of Levi H3878.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:26 - From the sons of Levi H3878, 4,600.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:6 - But he did not [fn]count Levi H3878 and Benjamin among them, because the king’s [fn]command was abhorrent to Joab.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:6 - David divided them into divisions according to the sons of Levi H3878: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:14 - But as for Moses, the man of God, his sons were named among the tribe of Levi H3878.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 23:24 -

These were the sons of Levi H3878 according to their fathers’ households, the heads of the fathers’ households of those among them who were [fn]counted, in the number of names by their [fn]head count, doing the work for the service of the house of the LORD, from twenty years old and upward.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 24:20 -

Now for the rest of the sons of Levi H3878: of the sons of Amram, [fn]Shubael; of the sons of Shubael, Jehdeiah.

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