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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)
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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).
STRONGS H3915: Abbreviations
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 - And God called the light day, and the darkness He called night H3915. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 1:14 -

Then God said, “Let there be [fn]lights in the [fn]expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night H3915, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years;

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 1:16 - So God made the two [fn]great lights, the greater [fn]light [fn]to rule the day, and the lesser [fn]light [fn]to rule the night H3915, and also the stars.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 1:18 - and [fn]to rule the day and the night H3915, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 7:4 - “For after seven more days, I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights H3915; and I will blot out from the face of the land every living thing that I have made.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 7:12 - Then the rain [fn]came upon the earth for forty days and forty nights H3915.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 8:22 -

“While all the days of the earth remain,

Seedtime and harvest,

And cold and heat,

And summer and winter,

And day and night H3915

Shall not cease.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 14:15 - And he divided [fn]his men against them by night H3915, he and his servants, and struck them and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is [fn]north of Damascus.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:5 - and they called to Lot and said to him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight H3915? Bring them out to us that we may [fn]know them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:33 - So they made their father drink wine that night H3915, and the firstborn went in and lay with her father; and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:34 - Now it happened on the following day, that the firstborn said to the younger, “Behold, I lay last night with my father; let us make him drink wine tonight H3915 also; and you go in and lie with him, that we may preserve our seed through our father.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:35 - So they made their father drink wine that night H3915 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 of the night H3915 and said to him, “Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is [fn]married.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:24 - And Yahweh appeared to him that night H3915 and said,

“I am the God of your father Abraham;

Do not fear, for I am with you.

I will bless you and multiply your seed,

For the sake of My servant Abraham.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:15 - But she said to her, “Is it a small matter for you to take my husband? And would you take my son’s mandrakes also?” So Rachel said, “Therefore he will lie with you tonight H3915 in return for your son’s mandrakes.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:16 - Then Jacob came in from the field in the evening. And Leah went out to meet him and said, “You must come in to me, for I have surely hired you with my son’s mandrakes.” So he lay with her that night H3915.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 31:24 - And God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream of the night H3915 and said to him, “[fn]Beware lest you speak to Jacob either good or bad.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 31:39 - “That which was torn of beasts I did not bring to you; I bore the loss of it myself. You required it of my hand whether stolen by day or stolen by night H3915.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 31:40 - Thus I was: by day the [fn]heat consumed me and the frost by night H3915, and my sleep fled from my eyes.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:13 -

So he spent the night H3915 there. Then he took from what [fn]he had with him a present for his brother Esau:

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:21 - So the present passed on before him, while he himself spent that night H3915 in the camp.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:22 -

And he arose that same night H3915 and took his two wives and his two servant-women and his eleven children and crossed the ford of the Jabbok.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 40:5 - Then the cupbearer and the baker for the king of Egypt, who were confined in jail, both had a dream the same night H3915, each man with his own dream and each dream with its own interpretation.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:11 - “And we had a dream [fn]on the same night H3915, [fn]he and I; each of us dreamed according to the interpretation of his own dream.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 46:2 - And God spoke to Israel [fn]in visions of the night H3915 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 Yahweh directed an east wind on the land all that day and all that night H3915; and when it was morning, the east wind [fn]brought the locusts.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 11:4 -

So Moses said, “Thus says Yahweh, ‘About midnight H3915 I am going out into the midst of Egypt,

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:8 - ‘And they shall eat the flesh that night H3915, roasted with fire, and they shall eat it with unleavened bread [fn]and bitter herbs.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:12 - ‘And I will go through the land of Egypt on that night H3915 and will strike down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments—I am Yahweh.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:29 -

Now it happened at midnight H3915 that Yahweh struck 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 [fn]dungeon, and all the firstborn of cattle.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:30 - Then Pharaoh arose in the night H3915, he and all his servants and all the Egyptians, and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was no home where there was not someone dead.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:31 - Then he called for Moses and Aaron at night H3915 and said, “Rise up, get out from among my people, both you and the sons of Israel; and go, [fn]serve Yahweh, as you have spoken.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:42 - It is a night H3915 to be kept for Yahweh for having brought them out from the land of Egypt; this night H3915 is for Yahweh, to be kept [fn]by all the sons of Israel throughout their generations.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 13:21 - And Yahweh was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to guide them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night H3915 to give them light, that they might go by day and by night H3915.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 13:22 - [fn]He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night H3915, from before the people.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 14:20 - So it came between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel; and there was the cloud [fn]along with the darkness, yet it gave light at night H3915. Thus the one did not come near the other all night H3915.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 14:21 -

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and Yahweh [fn]swept the sea back by a strong east wind all night H3915 and made the sea into dry ground, so the waters were split.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 24:18 - Then Moses entered the midst of the cloud [fn]as he went up to the mountain; and Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights H3915.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 34:28 - So he was there with Yahweh forty days and forty nights H3915; he did not eat bread or drink water. And [fn]he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten [fn]Commandments.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 40:38 - For throughout all their journeys, the cloud of Yahweh was on the tabernacle by day, and there was fire in it by night H3915, in the sight of all the house of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 6:9 - “Command Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the law for the burnt offering: the burnt offering itself shall remain on the hearth on the altar all night H3915 until the morning, and the fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 8:35 - “At the doorway of the tent of meeting, moreover, you shall remain day and night H3915 for seven days and keep the charge of Yahweh, so that you will not die, for so I have been commanded.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 9:16 - So it was continuously; the cloud would cover it by day, and the appearance of fire by night H3915.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 9:21 - If [fn]sometimes the cloud [fn]remained from evening until morning, when the cloud was lifted in the morning, they would move out; or if it remained in the daytime and at night H3915, whenever the cloud was lifted, they would set out.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 11:9 - And when the dew fell on the camp at night H3915, the manna would fall [fn]with it.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 11:32 - And the people [fn]spent all day and all night H3915 and all the next day, and gathered the quail (he who gathered least gathered [fn]ten homers), and they spread them out for themselves all around the camp.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 14:1 -

Then all the congregation [fn]lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept [fn]that night H3915.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 14:14 - and they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that You, O Yahweh, are in the midst of this people, for You, O Yahweh, are seen eye to eye, while 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 H3915.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 22:8 - And he said to them, “Spend the night H3915 here, and I will bring word back to you as Yahweh may speak to me.” And the leaders of Moab stayed with Balaam.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 22:19 - “So now, please, you also stay here tonight H3915, and I will know what else Yahweh will speak to me.”

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