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Lexicon :: Strong's H3915 - layil

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Part of Speech
masculine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
From the same as לוּל (H3883)
Dictionary Aids

TWOT Reference: 1111

Strong’s Definitions

לַיִל layil, lah'-yil; or (Isaiah 21:11) לֵיל lêyl; also לַיְלָה laylâh; from the same as H3883; properly, a twist (away of the light), i.e. night; figuratively, adversity:—(mid-)night (season).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 233x

The KJV translates Strong's H3915 in the following manner: night (205x), nights (15x), midnight (with H2677) (4x), season (3x), midnight (with H2676) (2x), night (with H1121) (2x), midnight (1x), midnight (with H8432) (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 233x
The KJV translates Strong's H3915 in the following manner: night (205x), nights (15x), midnight (with H2677) (4x), season (3x), midnight (with H2676) (2x), night (with H1121) (2x), midnight (1x), midnight (with H8432) (1x).
  1. night

    1. night (as opposed to day)

    2. of gloom, protective shadow (fig.)

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
לַיִל layil, lah'-yil; or (Isaiah 21:11) לֵיל lêyl; also לַיְלָה laylâh; from the same as H3883; properly, a twist (away of the light), i.e. night; figuratively, adversity:—(mid-)night (season).
לַ֫יְלָה, לַ֫יִל 242 noun masculineGenesis 40:5 night (Late Hebrew id.; MI15 (ב)ללה; Aramaic [H3916 לֵילָא], bdb053806, bdb053807; Arabic bdb053808, bdb053809; Ethiopic bdb053810all = night; Assyrian lîlâtu, evening DlHWB; meaning of √ dubious; form probably לילי, and ending הָ֯ radical, and not ה locative, NöM 127 DlProl. 128 Ges§ 90, 2. with R. Köii. p. 57, R. 1); — absolute לַ֫יְלָה Genesis 19:33 + 214 times + 2 times Qr. (see below); לָ֑יְלָה Genesis 1:5 + 3 times; לַ֫יִל Isaiah 16:3 + Proverbs 31:18; Lamentations 2:19 Kt (Qr לַיְלָה); לֵיל Isaiah 15:1 (twice in verse); Isaiah 21:1; construct לֵיל Exodus 12:42; Isaiah 30:29; plural absolute לֵילוֺת 1 Samuel 30:12 + 4 times; construct id., Isaiah 21:8 + 5 times; —
1. literally night, opposed to day, Genesis 8:22 (J), Deuteronomy 1:33 + very often (see יוֺם); alternation of day and night divinely ordained Genesis 1:5 (P), Jeremiah 33:20 (twice in verse); Jeremiah 33:25 +; מִיּוֺם עַדלֿ׳ Isaiah 38:12, 18 i.e. within one whole day; as close of day, עַדלֿ׳ 2 Chronicles 35:14; as time of sacred (לֵיל) חָג Isaiah 30:29; of suffering and weeping לֵילוֺת עָמָל Job 7:3, compare Psalm 6:7; Psalm 77:3 etc.; of pious desires, prayer, praise, meditation, etc (sometimes || by day) Isaiah 26:9; Job 35:10; Psalm 1:2; Psalm 22:3; Psalm 42:9; Psalm 77:7; Psalm 88:2; Psalm 92:3; Psalm 119:5 (twice in verse), compare Psalm 16:7; Psalm 17:8; of night-service in Temple Psalm 134:1; of sudden assault, or destruction, Isaiah 15:1; Jeremiah 6:5; Obadiah 5; Job 27:20; Job 34:20, 25; Job 36:20; divided into watches Psalm 90:4; לֵיל שִׁמֻּרִים Exodus 12:42 see below שׁמר; with number, denoting duration of time, †forty days and forty nights Genesis 7:4, 12; Exodus 24:18; Exodus 34:28; Deuteronomy 9:9, 11, 18, 25; Deuteronomy 10:10; 1 Kings 19:8; three days and three nights (שְׁלשָׁה לֵילוֺת) 1 Samuel 30:12; Jonah 2:1; seven days and seven nights (שִׁבְעַת לֵילוֺת) Job 2:13†; חֲלוֺם הַלּ׳Genesis 20:3; Genesis 31:24 (both E), 1 Kings 3:5; מַרְאֹת הַלּ׳ Genesis 46:2 (E); חֶזְיוֺן ל׳ Job 20:8; Job 33:15, חֶזְיֹנוֺת ל׳ Job 4:13, חֲלוֺם חֲזוֺן ל׳ Isaiah 29:7 (compare Micah 3:6 below) †; בִּןלֿ׳ Jonah 4:10 (twice in verse) see בֵּן 8. Chiefly in adverbial phrase: — בַּחֲצִי הַלּ׳ at midnight Exodus 12:29 + (see חֲצִי, חָצוֺת), compare בְּתוֺךְ הַלּ׳ 1 Kings 3:20, בְּאִישׁוֺן ל׳ Proverbs 7:9; הַזֶּה בַּלּ׳ Exodus 12:8, 12 on this night (P; the night of which one is speaking); הַהוּא בַּלּ׳ on that night Genesis 19:35 (J) + often, (P only Numbers 14:1); הוּא בַּל׳ Genesis 19:33; Genesis 30:16; so הַלּ׳ alone 1 Samuel 14:34, but strike out Greek Version of the LXX We Kit, compare Dr; Klo Bu read ליהוה; הַלּ׳ to-night Genesis 19:5, 34; Genesis 30:15 (all J), Numbers 22:8, 19 (E), Joshua 2:2; Joshua 4:3 (both J E), 2 Samuel 17:1, 16; 2 Samuel 19:8; Ruth 1:12; Ruth 3:2, 13, opposed to מָחָר tomorrow 1 Samuel 19:11; הַלּ׳ = this night just past, last night 1 Samuel 15:16 (compare Dr); כָּלהַֿלּ׳ all night Hosea 7:6 (opposed to בֹּקֶר), Exodus 14:20, 21 (J), Numbers 11:32; Joshua 10:9 (both J E), Judges 16:2 (twice in verse); Judges 19:25; 1 Samuel 15:11; 1 Samuel 31:12; 2 Samuel 2:29, 32; 2 Samuel 4:7; opposed to כלהֿיום ההוא (of continuous action) 1 Samuel 19:24; 1 Samuel 28:20; Isaiah 62:6, opposed to יומם Psalm 78:14; בְּכָללֿ׳ Psalm 6:7 every night (probably); compare כָּלהַֿלֵּילוֺת Isaiah 21:8 all the nights (opposed to יוֺמָם); especially לַיְלָה by night Numbers 22:20 (E) Joshua 8:3 (JE), Deuteronomy 16:1; Numbers 9:16 (P) + 51 times; of these Genesis 14:15 and Exodus 13:21, 22 (J) + 25 times opposed to יוֺמָם, covering all the time; otherwise Judges 6:27 (opposed to יוֺמָם); לַיְלָה וָיוֺם night and day 1 Kings 8:29; Isaiah 27:3; Esther 4:16; less often לֵילוֺת Psalm 16:17; הַלּ׳ by night 2 Kings 25:4 (ל׳ in || Jeremiah 52:7), Zechariah 1:8; Nehemiah 4:16 (opposed to הַיּוֺם); בַּלּ׳ id., Jeremiah 6:5 + 18 times (chiefly late; often opposed to בַּיּוֺם, יוֺמָם, etc.); בַּלֵּילוֺת Psalm 92:3 (opposed to בַּבֹּקֶר, Psalm 134:1; Songs 3:1, 8; בְּלַיְלָה Nehemiah 9:19 (opposed to בְּיוֺמָם); בְּלֵיל Isaiah 15:1 (twice in verse) כַּל׳ as at night Job 5:14 (opposed to צָהֳרָ֑יִם).
2. figurative שִׁיתִי כַּלַיִל צִלֵּךְ Isaiah 16:8 simile of shadow of Zion as protection; more often in gloomy sense, of avenging calamity without divine guidance or comfort לַיְלָה מֵחָזוֺן Micah 3:6; personal distress Job 35:10; judgment perhaps also Job 36:20 (Ew De Di Da; night of death Bu; 'unintelligible' Siegf); מַהמִּֿלַּיְלָה מַהמִּֿלֵּיל Isaiah 21:11 i.e. what hour of the night of calamity is it? compare Isaiah 21:12 (opposed to בֹּקֶר).
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


1:5; 1:5; 7:4; 7:12; 8:22; 14:15; 19:5; 19:33; 19:33; 19:34; 19:35; 20:3; 30:15; 30:16; 31:24; 40:5; 46:2


12:8; 12:12; 12:29; 12:42; 12:42; 13:21; 13:22; 14:20; 14:21; 24:18; 34:28


9:16; 11:32; 14:1; 22:8; 22:19; 22:20


1:33; 9:9; 9:11; 9:18; 9:25; 10:10; 16:1


2:2; 4:3; 8:3; 10:9


6:27; 16:2; 19:25


1:12; 3:2; 3:13

1 Samuel

14:34; 15:11; 15:16; 19:11; 19:24; 28:20; 30:12; 30:12; 31:12

2 Samuel

2:29; 2:32; 4:7; 17:1; 17:16; 19:8

1 Kings

3:5; 3:20; 8:29; 19:8

2 Kings


2 Chronicles



4:16; 9:19




2:13; 4:13; 5:14; 7:3; 20:8; 27:20; 33:15; 34:20; 34:25; 35:10; 35:10; 36:20; 36:20


1:2; 6:7; 6:7; 16:7; 17:8; 22:3; 42:9; 77:3; 77:7; 78:14; 88:2; 90:4; 92:3; 92:3; 119:5; 134:1; 134:1


7:9; 31:18

Song of Songs

3:1; 3:8


15:1; 15:1; 15:1; 16:3; 16:8; 21:1; 21:8; 21:8; 21:11; 21:12; 26:9; 27:3; 29:7; 30:29; 30:29; 38:12; 38:18; 62:6


6:5; 6:5; 33:20; 33:25; 52:7








2:1; 4:10


3:6; 3:6



Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H3915 matches the Hebrew לַיִל (layil),
which occurs 235 times in 223 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 5 (Gen 1:5–Num 22:19)

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 1:5 - God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 1:14 - And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons,[fn] and for days and years,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 1:16 - And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 1:18 - to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 7:4 - For in seven days I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thing[fn] that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 7:12 - And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 8:22 - While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 14:15 - And he divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and defeated them and pursued them to Hobah, north of Damascus.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:5 - And they called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:33 - So they made their father drink wine that night. And the firstborn went in and lay with her father. He did not know when she lay down or when she arose.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:34 - The next day, the firstborn said to the younger, “Behold, I lay last night with my father. Let us make him drink wine tonight also. Then you go in and lie with him, that we may preserve offspring from our father.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:35 - So they made their father drink wine that night also. And the younger arose and lay with him, and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:3 - But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night and said to him, “Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man’s wife.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:24 - And the LORD appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of Abraham your father. Fear not, for I am with you and will bless you and multiply your offspring for my servant Abraham’s sake.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:15 - But she said to her, “Is it a small matter that you have taken away my husband? Would you take away my son’s mandrakes also?” Rachel said, “Then he may lie with you tonight in exchange for your son’s mandrakes.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:16 - When Jacob came from the field in the evening, Leah went out to meet him and said, “You must come in to me, for I have hired you with my son’s mandrakes.” So he lay with her that night.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 31:24 - But God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream by night and said to him, “Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 31:39 - What was torn by wild beasts I did not bring to you. I bore the loss of it myself. From my hand you required it, whether stolen by day or stolen by night.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 31:40 - There I was: by day the heat consumed me, and the cold by night, and my sleep fled from my eyes.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:13 - So he stayed there that night, and from what he had with him he took a present for his brother Esau,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:21 - So the present passed on ahead of him, and he himself stayed that night in the camp.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:22 - The same night he arose and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven children,[fn] and crossed the ford of the Jabbok.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 40:5 - And one night they both dreamed—the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison—each his own dream, and each dream with its own interpretation.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:11 - we dreamed on the same night, he and I, each having a dream with its own interpretation.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 46:2 - And God spoke to Israel in visions of the night and said, “Jacob, Jacob.” And he said, “Here I am.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 10:13 - So Moses stretched out his staff over the land of Egypt, and the LORD brought an east wind upon the land all that day and all that night. When it was morning, the east wind had brought the locusts.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 11:4 - So Moses said, “Thus says the LORD: ‘About midnight I will go out in the midst of Egypt,
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:8 - They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the fire; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:12 - For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:29 - At midnight the LORD struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of the livestock.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:30 - And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he and all his servants and all the Egyptians. And there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where someone was not dead.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:31 - Then he summoned Moses and Aaron by night and said, “Up, go out from among my people, both you and the people of Israel; and go, serve the LORD, as you have said.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:42 - It was a night of watching by the LORD, to bring them out of the land of Egypt; so this same night is a night of watching kept to the LORD by all the people of Israel throughout their generations.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 13:21 - And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 13:22 - The pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night did not depart from before the people.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 14:20 - coming between the host of Egypt and the host of Israel. And there was the cloud and the darkness. And it lit up the night[fn] without one coming near the other all night.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 14:21 - Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the LORD drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 24:18 - Moses entered the cloud and went up on the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 34:28 - So he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights. He neither ate bread nor drank water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 40:38 - For the cloud of the LORD was on the tabernacle by day, and fire was in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel throughout all their journeys.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 6:9 - “Command Aaron and his sons, saying, This is the law of the burnt offering. The burnt offering shall be on the hearth on the altar all night until the morning, and the fire of the altar shall be kept burning on it.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 8:35 - At the entrance of the tent of meeting you shall remain day and night for seven days, performing what the LORD has charged, so that you do not die, for so I have been commanded.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 9:16 - So it was always: the cloud covered it by day[fn] and the appearance of fire by night.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 9:21 - And sometimes the cloud remained from evening until morning. And when the cloud lifted in the morning, they set out, or if it continued for a day and a night, when the cloud lifted they set out.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 11:9 - When the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell with it.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 11:32 - And the people rose all that day and all night and all the next day, and gathered the quail. Those who gathered least gathered ten homers.[fn] And they spread them out for themselves all around the camp.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 14:1 - Then all the congregation raised a loud cry, and the people wept that night.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 14:14 - and they will tell the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that you, O LORD, are in the midst of this people. For you, O LORD, are seen face to face, and your cloud stands over them and you go before them, in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 22:8 - And he said to them, “Lodge here tonight, and I will bring back word to you, as the LORD speaks to me.” So the princes of Moab stayed with Balaam.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 22:19 - So you, too, please stay here tonight, that I may know what more the LORD will say to me.”

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