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Lexicon :: Strong's H3956 - lāšôn

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TWOT Reference: 1131a

Strong’s Definitions

לָשׁוֹן lâshôwn, law-shone'; or לָשֹׁן lâshôn; also (in plural) feminine לְשֹׁנָה lᵉshônâh; from H3960; the tongue (of man or animals), used literally (as the instrument of licking, eating, or speech), and figuratively (speech, an ingot, a fork of flame, a cove of water):— babbler, bay, evil speaker, language, talker, tongue, wedge.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 117x

The KJV translates Strong's H3956 in the following manner: tongue (98x), language (10x), bay (3x), wedge (2x), babbler (1x), flame (1x), speaker (with H376) (1x), talkers (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 117x
The KJV translates Strong's H3956 in the following manner: tongue (98x), language (10x), bay (3x), wedge (2x), babbler (1x), flame (1x), speaker (with H376) (1x), talkers (1x).
  1. tongue

    1. tongue (of men)

      1. tongue (literal)

      2. tongue (organ of speech)

    2. language

    3. tongue (of animals)

    4. tongue (of fire)

    5. wedge, bay of sea (tongue-shaped)

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
לָשׁוֹן lâshôwn, law-shone'; or לָשֹׁן lâshôn; also (in plural) feminine לְשֹׁנָה lᵉshônâh; from H3960; the tongue (of man or animals), used literally (as the instrument of licking, eating, or speech), and figuratively (speech, an ingot, a fork of flame, a cove of water):— babbler, bay, evil speaker, language, talker, tongue, wedge.
STRONGS H3956: Abbreviations
לָשׁוֺן noun masculineJoshua 7:29 and (more often) feminineIsaiah 28:11 tongue (Late Hebrew id.; also Assyrian lišânu; Arabic bdb054604; Ethiopic bdb054605; Aramaic H3961 לִשָּׁן, לִישָּׁן, bdb054606 (all li-); Zinjirli לשן DHMSendsch. 59); — absolute ל׳ Exodus 4:10 +; הַלָּשֹׁן Joshua 15:2; construct לְשׁוֺן Joshua 7:21 +; suffix לְשׁוֺנִי 2 Samuel 23:2; לְשֹׁנוֺ Exodus 11:7 + 2 times; לְשׁוֺנוֺ Judges 7:5; Esther 1:22; לְשׁוֺנְךָ Psalm 34:14; לְשׁוֺנְכֶם Isaiah 59:3, etc.; plural לְשֹׁנוֺת absolute Psalm 31:21; Isaiah 66:18; construct Zechariah 8:23; suffix לְשֹׁנֹתָם Genesis 10:20, 31; —
1. tongue of men,
a. used in lapping Judges 7:5; cleaving to the palate (חֵק), in thirst Lamentations 4:4, so as to produce dumbness Job 29:10 (|| קוֺל נֶחְבָּא), Psalm 137:6; Ezekiel 3:26 (|| נֶאֱלַם); cleaving to jaws (מַלְקוֺחַ) Psalm 22:16; בַּצָּמָא נָשָׁ֑תָּה ל׳ Isaiah 41:17 their tongue for thirst is parched; תִּמַּק בְּפִיהֶם לְ׳ Zechariah 14:12 (of י׳'s judgment); a choice morsel is held תַּחַת ל׳ Job 20:12 (figurative of mischief), compare Psalm 10:7 (ready to be uttered), Psalm 66:17 (|| פֶּה), Songs 4:11.
b. usually as organ of speech, both good and bad (especially Psalms, Proverbs, often ||פֶּה, שָׂפָה); — כְּבַד ל׳ Exodus 4:10 (J) heavy of tongue; מַעֲנֵה ל׳ Proverbs 16:1, מִלָּתוֺ עַללְֿשׁוֺנִי 2 Samuel 23:2, compare Proverbs 31:26; Psalm 139:4 (בִּל׳), הֲיֵשׁ בִּלְשׁוֺנִי עַוְלָה Job 6:30; מָוֶת וְחַיִּים בְּיַד ל׳ Proverbs 18:21, compare Proverbs 21:23; Proverbs 25:15; of (false) prophets, הַלֹּקְהִים ל׳ Jeremiah 23:31; subject of verb of speaking, בֶּר Di — בִחִכִּי דִּבְּרָה לְשׁוֺנִי Job 33:2; Psalm 12:4; Psalm 37:30; compare (Jeremiah 9:7 below and) ֗֗֗ תְּמַהֵר ל׳ לְדַבֵּר Isaiah 32:4, לְשׁוֺנִי עֵט סֹפֵר מָהִיר Psalm 45:2, i.e. as swift as a rapid scribe's stylus; subject of הָגָה Isaiah 59:3; Job 27:4; Psalm 35:28; Psalm 71:24; subject of נִשְׁבַּע Isaiah 45:23; תִּהַלַךְ בָּאָרֶץ ל׳ Psalm 73:9; of hostile speech, insolence, etc., Joshua 10:21 (J E; object of I. חָרַץ which see, compare 3 below), Jeremiah 18:18; Isaiah 3:8; זַעַם ל׳ Hosea 7:16 (but text dubious, compare We Now), חֶרֶב חַדָּה ל׳ Psalm 57:6, compare Psalm 64:4; כְּמוֺ נָחָשׁ שָֽׁנְנוּ ל׳ Psalm 140:4; תָּקוּם אִתָּךְ כָּללֿ׳ Isaiah 54:17; הֶאֱרִיךְ ל׳ Isaiah 57:4; further, Jeremiah 9:2; Jeremiah 9:4; as instrument of seductive flattery (הֶחֱלִיק), without בְּ, Psalm 5:10; Proverbs 28:33, compare נָכְרִיָּה חֶלְקַת לָ׳ Proverbs 6:24;. of falsehood Psalm 78:36 (compare below); of slander (compare לושֵׁן) רָגַל עַללֿ׳ Psalm 15:3, אִישׁ לָשׁוֺן Psalm 140:12, compare סָ֑תֶר לְ׳ Proverbs 25:33; חָטָא בְּל׳ Psalm 39:2; compare Psalm 64:9 (text dubious, see Hup Che Bae); moral qualities ascribed to: — as arrogant Psalm 12:5 (compare Psalm 12:4 above); as devising injuries, הַוּוֺת תַּחְשֹׁב ל׳ Psalm 52:4, compare הַוֺת לְ׳ Proverbs 17:4; תַּצְמִיד מִרְמָה ל׳ Psalm 50:19 nectere fraudem; מֵרָ֑ע נְצֹר ל׳ Psalm 34:14 ׅ || (וּשְׂפָתֶיךָ מִדַּבֵּר מִרְמָה; often of lying tongue: לְשׁוֺן שֶׁקֶר Proverbs 6:17; Proverbs 12:19; Proverbs 21:6; Proverbs 26:28; Psalm 109:2; מִרְמָה לְ׳ Psalm 52:6; רְמִיָּה לָ׳ Micah 6:12; Psalm 120:2; Psalm 120:3; תַּרְמִית לְ׳ Zephaniah 3:13; תַּהְפֻּכוֹת לְ׳ Proverbs 10:31, and בִּל׳ נֶהְפָּךְ Proverbs 17:20; עֲרוּמִים ל׳Job 15:5; also מִרְמָה דִּבֵּ֑ר ל׳ Jeremiah 9:7; on the other hand צַדִּיק לְ׳ Proverbs 10:20; חֲכָמִים ל׳ Proverbs 12:18; Proverbs 15:2; לָ׳ מַרְפֵּה מַרְמֵּה לָ׳ Proverbs 15:4; לִמּוּדִים לְ׳ Isaiah 50:4. — Note phrases שׁוֺט ל׳ Job 5:21 scourge of (the) tongue, רִיב לְשֹׁנוֺת Psalm 31:21; לְשׁוֺנָם פַּלַּג Psalm 55:10: also בַּעַל הַלּ׳ Ecclesiastes 10:11 (of serpent-charmer), and וַתֵּעֲלוּ עַלשְֿׂפַת ל׳ Ezekiel 36:3. — On tongue of י׳ (once), see 4 below.
†c. organ of singing, subject of רָנַן Psalm 51:16; Psalm 126:2; Isaiah 35:6, עָנָה Psalm 119:172.
2. = language Deuteronomy 28:49; Jeremiah 5:15 and later, namely: Ezekiel 3:5, 6 (כִּבְדֵי ל׳, || עִמְקֵי שָׂפָה, but strike out Greek Version of the LXX Manuscripts Co SgfrKauAT), Isaiah 28:11 (|| אַחֶרֶת ל׳, לַעֲגֵי שָׂפָה, figurative of י׳'s unintelligible dealings); עַם ֗֗֗ נִלְעַג ל׳ Isaiah 33:19 (|| עִמְקֵי שָׂפָה); Isaiah 66:18 (|| גּוֺיִם), Zechariah 8:23; Genesis 10:5, 20, 31 (all P), Nehemiah 13:24; Esther 1:22 (twice in verse); Esther 3:12; Esther 8:9 (twice in verse); Daniel 1:4.
3. tongue of animals: dog Exodus 11:7 (J; object of I. חָרַץ which see; compare 1b), Psalm 68:24; adder Job 20:16 (subjectof תַּהֲרֹג); crocodile Job 40:25.
4. tongue of fire, devouring, כֶּאֱכֹל קַשׁ לְשׁוֺן אֵשׁ Isaiah 5:24; compare of י׳, וּלְשׁוֺנוֺ כְּאֵשׁ אֹכָ֑לֶת Isaiah 30:27 (|| שְׂפָתָיו מָֽלְאוּ זַעַם).
5. = (tongue-shaped) wedge of gold Joshua 7:21, 24 (JE). **So Assyrian lišânu; see MeissnZAW xxlii {1905}, 151 f. JohnsAssyrian Deeds 2, 281.
6. = (tongue-shaped) bay of sea Isaiah 11:15; Joshua 15:2, 5; Joshua 18:19 (all P).
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


10:5; 10:20; 10:20; 10:31; 10:31


4:10; 4:10; 11:7; 11:7




7:21; 7:21; 7:24; 10:21; 15:2; 15:2; 15:5; 18:19


7:5; 7:5

2 Samuel

23:2; 23:2




1:22; 1:22; 3:12; 8:9


5:21; 6:30; 15:5; 20:12; 20:16; 27:4; 29:10; 33:2


5:10; 10:7; 12:4; 12:4; 12:5; 15:3; 22:16; 31:21; 31:21; 34:14; 34:14; 35:28; 37:30; 39:2; 45:2; 50:19; 51:16; 52:4; 52:6; 55:10; 57:6; 64:4; 64:9; 66:17; 68:24; 71:24; 73:9; 78:36; 109:2; 119:172; 120:2; 120:3; 126:2; 137:6; 139:4; 140:4; 140:12


6:17; 6:24; 10:20; 10:31; 12:18; 12:19; 15:2; 15:4; 16:1; 17:4; 17:20; 18:21; 21:6; 21:23; 25:15; 26:28; 31:26



Song of Songs



3:8; 5:24; 11:15; 28:11; 28:11; 30:27; 32:4; 33:19; 35:6; 41:17; 45:23; 50:4; 54:17; 57:4; 59:3; 59:3; 66:18; 66:18


5:15; 9:2; 9:4; 9:7; 9:7; 18:18; 23:31




3:5; 3:6; 3:26; 36:3










8:23; 8:23; 14:12

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H3956 matches the Hebrew לָשׁוֹן (lāšôn),
which occurs 117 times in 115 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 3 (Gen 10:5–Psa 68:23)

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 10:5 - By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, H3956 after their families, in their nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 10:20 - These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, H3956 in their countries, and in their nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 10:31 - These are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their tongues, H3956 in their lands, after their nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 4:10 - And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. H3956
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 11:7 - But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, H3956 against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 28:49 - The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue H3956 thou shalt not understand;
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 7:21 - When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge H3956 of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 7:24 - And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge H3956 of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had: and they brought them unto the valley of Achor.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 10:21 - And all the people returned to the camp to Joshua at Makkedah in peace: none moved his tongue H3956 against any of the children of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 15:2 - And their south border was from the shore of the salt sea, from the bay H3956 that looketh southward:
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 15:5 - And the east border was the salt sea, even unto the end of Jordan. And their border in the north quarter was from the bay H3956 of the sea at the uttermost part of Jordan:
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 18:19 - And the border passed along to the side of Bethhoglah northward: and the outgoings of the border were at the north bay H3956 of the salt sea at the south end of Jordan: this was the south coast.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 7:5 - So he brought down the people unto the water: and the LORD said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, H3956 as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:2 - The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue. H3956
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:24 - And their children spake half in the speech of Ashdod, and could not speak in the Jews' language, but according to the language H3956 of each people.
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 1:22 - For he sent letters into all the king's provinces, into every province according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their language, H3956 that every man should bear rule in his own house, and that it should be published according to the language H3956 of every people.
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 3:12 - Then were the king's scribes called on the thirteenth day of the first month, and there was written according to all that Haman had commanded unto the king's lieutenants, and to the governors that were over every province, and to the rulers of every people of every province according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their language; H3956 in the name of king Ahasuerus was it written, and sealed with the king's ring.
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 8:9 - Then were the king's scribes called at that time in the third month, that is, the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, H3956 and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language. H3956
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 5:21 - Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: H3956 neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:30 - Is there iniquity in my tongue? H3956 cannot my taste discern perverse things?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 15:5 - For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou choosest the tongue H3956 of the crafty.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:12 - Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue; H3956
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:16 - He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper's tongue H3956 shall slay him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 27:4 - My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue H3956 utter deceit.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 29:10 - The nobles held their peace, and their tongue H3956 cleaved to the roof of their mouth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:2 - Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue H3956 hath spoken in my mouth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 41:1 - Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue H3956 with a cord which thou lettest down?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 5:9 - For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue. H3956
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 10:7 - His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue H3956 is mischief and vanity.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 12:3 - The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue H3956 that speaketh proud things:
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 12:4 - Who have said, With our tongue H3956 will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 15:3 - He that backbiteth not with his tongue, H3956 nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:15 - My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue H3956 cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:20 - Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. H3956
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:13 - Keep thy tongue H3956 from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:28 - And my tongue H3956 shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:30 - The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue H3956 talketh of judgment.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 39:1 - [[To the chief Musician, even to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David.]] I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: H3956 I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 39:3 - My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue, H3956
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 45:1 - [[To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim, for the sons of Korah, Maschil, A Song of loves.]] My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue H3956 is the pen of a ready writer.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 50:19 - Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue H3956 frameth deceit.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:14 - Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue H3956 shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 52:2 - Thy tongue H3956 deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 52:4 - Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue. H3956
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:9 - Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: H3956 for I have seen violence and strife in the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 57:4 - My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue H3956 a sharp sword.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 64:3 - Who whet their tongue H3956 like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 64:8 - So they shall make their own tongue H3956 to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 66:17 - I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue. H3956
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:23 - That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies, and the tongue H3956 of thy dogs in the same.

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