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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 - From these the coastlands of the nations [fn]were separated into their lands, every one according to his language, H3956 according to their families, into their nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 10:20 - These are the sons of Ham, according to their families, according to their languages, H3956 by their lands, by their nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 10:31 - These are the sons of Shem, according to their families, according to their languages, H3956 by their lands, according to their nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 4:10 - Then Moses said to the LORD, “Please, Lord, I have never been [fn]eloquent, neither [fn]recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am [fn]slow of speech and [fn]slow of tongue.” H3956
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 11:7 - ‘But against any of the sons of Israel a dog will not even [fn]bark, H3956 whether against man or beast, that you may [fn]understand how the LORD makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.’
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 28:49 - “The LORD will bring a nation against you from afar, from the end of the earth, as the eagle swoops down, a nation whose language H3956 you shall not understand,
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 7:21 - when I saw among the spoil a beautiful mantle from Shinar and two hundred shekels of silver and a bar H3956 of gold fifty shekels in weight, then I coveted them and took them; and behold, they are concealed in the earth inside my tent with the silver underneath it.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 7:24 - Then Joshua and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, the silver, the mantle, the bar H3956 of gold, his sons, his daughters, his [fn]oxen, his donkeys, his sheep, his tent and all that belonged to him; and they brought them up to the valley of [fn]Achor.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 10:21 - that all the people returned to the camp to Joshua at Makkedah in peace. No one [fn]uttered a word H3956 against any of the sons of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 15:2 - Their south border was from the lower end of the Salt Sea, from the bay H3956 that turns to the south.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 15:5 - The east border was the Salt Sea, as far as the [fn]mouth of the Jordan. And the border of the north side was from the bay H3956 of the sea at the [fn]mouth of the Jordan.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 18:19 - The border continued to the side of Beth-hoglah northward; and the [fn]border ended at the north bay H3956 of the Salt Sea, at the south end of the Jordan. This was the south border.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 7:5 - So he brought the people down to the water. And the LORD said to Gideon, “You shall separate everyone who laps the water with his tongue H3956 as a dog laps, as well as everyone who kneels to drink.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:2 - “The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me,
And His word was on my tongue. H3956
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:24 - As for their children, half spoke in the language of Ashdod, and none of them was able to speak the language of Judah, but [fn]the language H3956 of his own people.
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 1:22 - So he sent letters to all the king’s provinces, to each province according to its script and to every people according to their language, H3956 that every man should be the master in his own house and the one who speaks in the language H3956 of his own people.
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 3:12 - Then the king’s scribes were summoned on the thirteenth day of the first month, and it was written just as Haman commanded to the king’s satraps, to the governors who were over each province and to the princes of each people, each province according to its script, each people according to its language, H3956 being written in the name of King Ahasuerus and sealed with the king’s signet ring.
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 8:9 - So the king’s scribes were called at that time in the third month (that is, the month Sivan), on the twenty-third [fn]day; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded to the Jews, the satraps, the governors and the princes of the provinces which extended from India to [fn]Ethiopia, 127 provinces, to every province according to its script, and to every people according to their language H3956 as well as to the Jews according to their script and their language. H3956
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 5:21 - “You will be hidden from the scourge of the tongue, H3956
And you will not be afraid of violence when it comes.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:30 - “Is there injustice on my tongue? H3956
Cannot my palate discern [fn]calamities?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 15:5 - “For your guilt teaches your mouth,
And you choose the language H3956 of the crafty.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:12 - “Though evil is sweet in his mouth
And he hides it under his tongue, H3956
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:16 - “He sucks the poison of cobras;
The viper’s tongue H3956 slays him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 27:4 - My lips certainly will not speak unjustly,
Nor will my tongue H3956 mutter deceit.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 29:10 - The voice of the nobles was [fn]hushed,
And their tongue H3956 stuck to their palate.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:2 - “Behold now, I open my mouth,
My tongue H3956 in my [fn]mouth speaks.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 41:1 - [fn]Can you draw out [fn]Leviathan with a fishhook?
Or press down his tongue H3956 with a cord?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 5:9 - There is nothing [fn]reliable in [fn]what they say;
Their inward part is destruction itself.
Their throat is an open grave;
They [fn]flatter with their tongue. H3956
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 10:7 - His mouth is full of curses and deceit and oppression;
Under his tongue H3956 is mischief and wickedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 12:3 - May the LORD cut off all flattering lips,
The tongue H3956 that speaks great things;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 12:4 - Who have said, “With our tongue H3956 we will prevail;
Our lips are [fn]our own; who is lord over us?”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 15:3 - He does not slander [fn]with his tongue, H3956
Nor does evil to his neighbor,
Nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:15 - My strength is dried up like a potsherd,
And my tongue H3956 cleaves to my jaws;
And You lay me [fn]in the dust of death.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:20 - You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the conspiracies of man;
You keep them secretly in a [fn]shelter from the strife of tongues. H3956
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:13 - Keep your tongue H3956 from evil
And your lips from speaking deceit.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:28 - And my tongue H3956 shall declare Your righteousness
And Your praise all day long.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:30 - The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,
And his tongue H3956 speaks justice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 39:1 - For the choir director, for [fn]Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.
I said, “I will guard my ways
That I may not sin with my tongue; H3956
I will guard my mouth as with a muzzle
While the wicked are in my presence.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 39:3 - My heart was hot within me,
While I was musing the fire burned;
Then I spoke with my tongue: H3956
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 45:1 - For the choir director; according to the [fn]Shoshannim. A [fn]Maskil of the sons of Korah. A Song of Love.
My heart [fn]overflows with a good theme;
I [fn]address my [fn]verses to the [fn]King;
My tongue H3956 is the pen of a ready writer.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 50:19 - “You [fn]let your mouth loose in evil
And your tongue H3956 frames deceit.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:14 - Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation;
Then my tongue H3956 will joyfully sing of Your righteousness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 52:2 - Your tongue H3956 devises destruction,
Like a sharp razor, O worker of deceit.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 52:4 - You love all words that devour,
O deceitful tongue. H3956
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:9 - [fn]Confuse, O Lord, divide their tongues, H3956
For I have seen violence and strife in the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 57:4 - My soul is among lions;
I must lie among those who breathe forth 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 have sharpened their tongue H3956 like a sword.
They aimed bitter speech as their arrow,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 64:8 - So [fn]they [fn]will make him stumble;
Their own tongue H3956 is against them;
All who see them will shake the head.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 66:17 - I cried to Him with my mouth,
And [fn]He was extolled with my tongue. H3956
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:23 - That [fn]your foot may shatter them in blood,
The tongue H3956 of your dogs may have its portion from your enemies.”

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