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Lexicon :: Strong's H5035 - neḇel

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masculine noun
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TWOT Reference: 1284a,1284b

Strong’s Definitions

נֶבֶל nebel, neh'-bel; or נֵבֶל nêbel; from H5034; a skin-bag for liquids (from collapsing when empty); hence, a vase (as similar in shape when full); also a lyre (as having a body of like form):—bottle, pitcher, psaltery, vessel, viol.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 38x

The KJV translates Strong's H5035 in the following manner: psalteries (22x), bottle (8x), viol (4x), flagons (1x), pitchers (1x), vessel (1x), variant (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 38x
The KJV translates Strong's H5035 in the following manner: psalteries (22x), bottle (8x), viol (4x), flagons (1x), pitchers (1x), vessel (1x), variant (1x).
  1. a skin-bag, jar, pitcher

    1. skin-bottle, skin

    2. jar, pitcher (earthen)

  2. harp, lute, guitar, musical instrument

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
נֶבֶל nebel, neh'-bel; or נֵבֶל nêbel; from H5034; a skin-bag for liquids (from collapsing when empty); hence, a vase (as similar in shape when full); also a lyre (as having a body of like form):—bottle, pitcher, psaltery, vessel, viol.
STRONGS H5035: Abbreviations
† I. נֵ֫בֶל noun masculineJeremiah 13:12 1 skin-bottle, skin; 2. jar, pitcher; — נֵ֫בֶל absolute 1 Samuel 10:5 +; construct 1 Samuel 10:3 + (on נֶכֶל see Baer1 Samuel 1:24); —
1. skin of wine, נֵ֫בֶל יַיִן 1 Samuel 1:24; 1 Samuel 10:3; 2 Samuel 16:1, compare also Jeremiah 13:12 (twice in verse); plural נִבְלֵי יַיִן 1 Samuel 25:18 : figurative נִבְלֵי שָׁמַיִם Job 38:37 i.e. clouds (|| שְׁחָקִים).
2. earthen jar, pitcher: figurative of connections of Eliakim כְּלֵי נְבָלִים Isaiah 22:24; יְנַפִּ֑צוּ נִבְלֵיהֶם Jeremiah 48:12 (|| כֵּלִים יָרִיקוּ) in figure of Moab (compare Psalm 2:9); נִבְלֵיתֶֿרֶשׂ Lamentations 4:2 simile of men of Judah (|| מַעֲשֵׂה יְדֵי יוֺצֵר); simile of destruction of Judah, שֵׁבֶר נֵ֫כֶל יוֺצְרִים Isaiah 30:14.

† II. נֵ֫בֶל, נֶ֫בֶל noun masculinePsalm 57:9 a musical instrument, either a portable harp, or a lute, guitar (with bulging resonance-body at lower end); (perhaps = I. נֵבֶל, and then shape seems to favour lute; perhaps independent word, e.g. Egyptian loan-word, compare nfr, lute, WeHpt 222); — absolute נֵ֫בֶל 1 Samuel 10:5 + 3 times, נֶ֫בֶל Psalm 71:22 + 3 times; נָ֑בֶל Amos 6:5 + 2 times; plural נְבָלִים 2 Samuel 6:5 + 4 times; suffix נְבָלֶיךָ Amos 5:23; Isaiah 14:11; — harp (or lute), played at feasts and religious ceremonies, probably less simple, cheap and common than כִּנּוֺר (which see;; often named with נ׳): — as mark of luxury, revelry Amos 5:23; Amos 6:5; Amos 14:11, so Amos 5:12 (תֹּף חָלִיל כִנּוֺר נ׳), also (not in bad sense) 1 Kings 10:12; played by wandering band of prophets 1 Samuel 10:5 (list as Isaiah 5:12); in worship 2 Samuel 6:5; elsewhere only Psalms, Chronicles, always in worship: Psalm 57:9; Psalm 81:3; Psalm 92:4; Psalm 108:3; Psalm 150:3; כְּלִי נֶבֶל Psalm 71:22; עָשׂוֺר נ׳ a harp with ten strings Psalm 33:2; Psalm 144:9; 1 Chronicles 13:8; 1 Chronicles 15:16, 20, 28; 1 Chronicles 16:5 (כְּלֵי נְבָלִים), 1 Chronicles 25:1, 6; 2 Chronicles 5:12; 9:11; 20:28; 29:25; Nehemiah 12:27. — compare further BenzArchaeology 273 ff. NowArchaeology i. 273 ff. DrAmos 234 ff. WeHpt 222 ff.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs

1 Samuel

1:24; 1:24; 10:3; 10:3; 10:5; 10:5; 10:5; 25:18

2 Samuel

6:5; 6:5; 16:1

1 Kings


1 Chronicles

13:8; 15:16; 15:20; 15:28; 16:5; 25:1; 25:6

2 Chronicles

5:12; 9:11; 20:28; 29:25






2:9; 33:2; 57:9; 57:9; 71:22; 71:22; 81:3; 92:4; 108:3; 144:9; 150:3


5:12; 14:11; 22:24; 30:14


13:12; 13:12; 48:12




5:12; 5:23; 5:23; 6:5; 6:5

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H5035 matches the Hebrew נֶבֶל (neḇel),
which occurs 38 times in 37 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 1:24 - Now when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with a three-year-old bull and one [fn]ephah of flour and a jug H5035 of wine and brought him to the house of Yahweh in Shiloh, although the boy was young.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 10:3 - “Then you will go on further from there, and you will come as far as the [fn]oak of Tabor, and there three men going up to God at Bethel will meet you, one carrying three young goats, another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a jug H5035 of wine;
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 10:5 - “Afterward you will come to [fn]the hill of God where the Philistine garrison is; and it shall be as soon as you have come there to the city, that you will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place with harp H5035, tambourine, flute, and a lyre before them, and they will be prophesying.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:18 -

Then Abigail hurried and took two hundred loaves of bread and two [fn]jugs H5035 of wine and five sheep already prepared and [fn]five seahs of roasted grain and one hundred clusters of raisins and two hundred cakes of figs, and loaded them on donkeys.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 6:5 - Now David and all the house of Israel were celebrating before Yahweh with all kinds of instruments made of [fn]fir wood, and with lyres, harps H5035, tambourines, castanets, and cymbals.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:1 -

Now David had passed a little beyond the summit, and behold, Ziba the young man of Mephibosheth met him with a couple of saddled donkeys, and on them were two hundred loaves of bread, one hundred clusters of raisins, one hundred summer fruits, and a jug H5035 of wine.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:12 - And the king made of the almug trees supports for the house of Yahweh and for the king’s house, also lyres and harps H5035 for the singers; such almug trees have not come in again nor have they been seen to this day.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 13:8 - Now David and all Israel were celebrating before God with all their strength, even with songs and with lyres, harps H5035, tambourines, cymbals, and with trumpets.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 15:16 -

Then David said to the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their relatives the singers, with instruments of music, harps H5035, lyres, loud-sounding cymbals, to raise a sound of gladness.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 15:20 - and Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah, and Benaiah, with [fn]harps H5035 set according to alamoth;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 15:28 - Thus all Israel was bringing up the ark of the covenant of Yahweh with shouting, and with sound of the [fn]horn, with trumpets, with loud-sounding cymbals, with harps H5035, and lyres.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:5 - Asaph the chief, and second to him Zechariah, then [fn]Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-edom, and Jeiel, with musical instruments, harps H5035, lyres; also Asaph played loud-sounding cymbals,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 25:1 -

Moreover, David and the commanders of the army separated for the service some of the sons of Asaph and of Heman and of Jeduthun, who were to prophesy with lyres, harps H5035, and cymbals; and the number of [fn]those who performed their service was:

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 25:6 - All these were under the [fn]direction of their father to sing in the house of Yahweh, with cymbals, harps H5035, and lyres, for the service of the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman were under the [fn]direction of the king.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 5:12 - and all the Levitical singers, Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and their sons and relatives, clothed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps H5035, and lyres, standing east of the altar, and with them 120 priests blowing trumpets
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 9:11 - And the king made of the algum trees steps for the house of Yahweh and for the king’s house, and lyres and harps H5035 for the singers; and none like that was seen before in the land of Judah.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:28 - And they came to Jerusalem with harps H5035, lyres, and trumpets to the house of Yahweh.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 29:25 -

He then caused the Levites to stand in the house of Yahweh with cymbals, with harps H5035, and with lyres, according to the command of David and of Gad the king’s seer, and of Nathan the prophet; for the command was from Yahweh by the hand of His prophets.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 12:27 -

Now at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought out the Levites from all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem so that they might celebrate the dedication with gladness, with hymns of thanksgiving and with songs to the accompaniment of cymbals, harps H5035 and lyres.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:37 -

“Who can count the clouds by wisdom,

Or tip the water H5035 jars H5035 of the heavens,

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 33:2 -

Give thanks to Yahweh with the lyre;

Sing praises to Him with a harp H5035 of ten strings.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 57:8 -

Awake, my glory!

Awake, harp H5035 and lyre!

I will awaken the dawn.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 71:22 -

I will also praise You with [fn]a harp H5035,

Even Your [fn]truth, O my God;

To You I will sing praises with the lyre,

O Holy One of Israel.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 81:2 -

Lift up a song of praise, strike the tambourine,

The sweet sounding lyre with the harp H5035.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 92:3 -

[fn]With the ten-stringed lute and with the harp H5035,

[fn]With resounding music [fn]upon the lyre.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 108:2 -

Awake, harp H5035 and lyre;

I will awaken the dawn!

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 144:9 -

O God, I will sing a new song to You;

Upon a harp H5035 of ten strings I will sing praises to You,

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 150:3 -

Praise Him with trumpet blast;

Praise Him with harp H5035 and lyre.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:12 -

And their banquets are accompanied by lyre and harp H5035, by tambourine and flute, and by wine;

But they do not look upon the deeds of Yahweh,

Nor do they see the work of His hands.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 14:11 -

‘Your pride and the music of your harps H5035

Have been brought down to Sheol;

Maggots are spread out as your bed beneath you

And worms are your covering.’

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 22:24 -

“So they will hang on him all the glory of his father’s house, offspring and [fn]issue, all the least of vessels, from bowls to all the jars H5035.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 30:14 -

Whose breaking is like the breaking of a potter’s jar H5035,

[fn]So ruthlessly shattered

That a potsherd will not be found among its pieces

To [fn]take fire from a hearth

Or to scoop water from a cistern.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:12 -

“Therefore you are to say this word to them, ‘Thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel, “Every jug H5035 is to be filled with wine.”’ And they will say to you, ‘Do we not very well know that every jug H5035 is to be filled with wine?’

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:12 -

“Therefore behold, the days are coming,” declares Yahweh, “when I will send to him those who tip vessels, and they will tip him over, and they will empty his vessels and shatter [fn]his jars H5035.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:2 -


The precious sons of Zion,

Weighed against fine gold,

How they are regarded as earthen jars H5035,

The work of a potter’s hands!

Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 5:23 -

“Remove from Me the tumult of your songs;

I will not even listen to the melody of your harps H5035.

Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 6:5 -

Who improvise to the [fn]sound of the harp H5035,

And like David have [fn]composed songs for themselves,

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