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Lexicon :: Strong's H5251 - nēs

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Part of Speech
masculine noun
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TWOT Reference: 1379a

Strong’s Definitions

נֵס nêç, nace; from H5264; a flag; also a sail; by implication, a flagstaff; generally a signal; figuratively, a token:—banner, pole, sail, (en-) sign, standard.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 20x

The KJV translates Strong's H5251 in the following manner: standard (7x), ensign (6x), pole (2x), banner (2x), sail (2x), sign (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 20x
The KJV translates Strong's H5251 in the following manner: standard (7x), ensign (6x), pole (2x), banner (2x), sail (2x), sign (1x).
  1. something lifted up, standard, signal, signal pole, ensign, banner, sign, sail

    1. standard (as rallying point), signal

    2. standard (pole)

    3. ensign, signal

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
נֵס nêç, nace; from H5264; a flag; also a sail; by implication, a flagstaff; generally a signal; figuratively, a token:—banner, pole, sail, (en-) sign, standard.
STRONGS H5251: Abbreviations
נֵס noun [masculine] standard, ensign, signal, sign (Late Hebrew id., flag, usually sign, i.e. miracle; Targum נֵס, נִסָּא sign, miracle); — נ׳ absolute Numbers 21:8 +; construct Isaiah 11:10; suffix נִסִּי [H3071 Exodus 17:15]; Isaiah 49:22; —
a. standard, as rallying-point, נִסִּי י׳ [H3071 Exodus 17:15] (E), י׳ my standard (name of altar); conspicuously set on hill Isaiah 30:17 (simile of solitariness; || תֹּרֶן עַלרֿאֹשׁ הָהָר); signal of war [see SchumacherZPV ix. 232, Across the Jordan, 104 f.] (especially to the nations, for destruction or deliverance of Judah, Isaiah, Jeremiah), לַגּוֺיִם נָשָׂא נ׳ Isaiah 5:26; Isaiah 11:12; compare Isaiah 18:3 (on mountains, || תָּקַע שׁוֺפָר); אֶלעַֿמִּים אָרִים נ׳ Isaiah 49:22 (|| אֶשָּׂא אֶלגּֿוֺיִם יָדִי), — in all these subject י׳; compare עֹמֵד לְנֵס עַמִּים Isaiah 10:11 (of Messianic king); שְׂאוּ נ׳ Isaiah 13:2 (on mountain), Jeremiah 50:2; Jeremiah 51:12 (with אֶלֿ against), Jeremiah 51:27 (|| תִּקְעוּ שׁוֺפָר בַּגּוֺיִם), עַלעַֿמִּים הָרִימוּ נ׳ Isaiah 62:10, compare Jeremiah 4:21 (|| קוֺל שׁוֺפָר); לְהִתְנוֺסֵס נ׳ ֗֗֗ נָתַתָּה Psalm 60:6 [Psalm 60:4] thou hast set a standard (only) for fleeing.
b. signal, צִיּ֫וֺנָה שְׂאוּ נ׳ Jeremiah 4:6 (i.e. to direct refugees to Zion).
2. standard, as pole, supporting serpent of bronze Numbers 21:8, Numbers 21:9 (JE).
a. ensign, signal, לְנֵס לָך לִהְיוֺת מִפְרָשֵׁך הָיָה מִמִּצְרַיִם ֗֗֗ שֵׁשׁ Ezekiel 27:7 byssus from Egypt was thy sail, to serve thee for an ensign (so DaToy; on lack of pennon on ancient ships see Co; > strike out Co Berthol); so
b. (since sails were the only ensign) = sail Isaiah 33:23 (Che Di and others; > pennon Ges Hi Ew De Du).
4. sign (compare Late Hebrew) = warning Numbers 26:10 (P).
Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon, Unabridged, Electronic Database.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


21:8; 21:8; 21:9; 26:10




5:26; 10:11; 11:10; 11:12; 13:2; 18:3; 30:17; 33:23; 49:22; 49:22; 62:10


4:6; 4:21; 50:2; 51:12; 51:27



Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H5251 matches the Hebrew נֵס (nēs),
which occurs 20 times in 20 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:8 - Then Yahweh said to Moses, “[fn]Make a fiery serpent and set it on a standard H5251; and it will be that everyone who is bitten and looks at it, will live.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:9 - And Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on the standard H5251; and it happened, that if a serpent bit any man, when he looked to the bronze serpent, he lived.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:10 -

and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up along with Korah, when that congregation died, when the fire consumed 250 men, so that they became a [fn]warning H5251.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 60:4 -

You have given a banner H5251 to those who fear You,

[fn]In order to flee to it from the bow. [fn]Selah.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:26 -

He will also lift up a standard H5251 to the [fn]distant nations,

And will whistle for it from the ends of the earth;

And behold, it will come with speed swiftly.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 11:10 -

Then it will be in that day,

That the nations will seek the root of Jesse,

Who will stand as a [fn]standard H5251 for the peoples;

And His resting place will be [fn]glorious.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 11:12 -

And He will lift up a standard H5251 for the nations

And assemble the banished ones of Israel,

And will gather the scattered of Judah

From the four corners of the earth.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 13:2 -

Lift up a standard H5251 on the [fn]bare hill,

Heighten your voice at them,

Wave the hand that they may enter the doors of the nobles.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 18:3 -

All you inhabitants of the world and dwellers on earth,

As soon as a standard H5251 is raised on the mountains, you will see it,

And as soon as the trumpet is blown, you will hear it.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 30:17 -

One thousand will flee at the threat of one man;

You will flee at the threat of five,

Until you are left as a [fn]flag on a mountain top

And as a [fn]standard H5251 on a hill.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 31:9 -

“His rock will pass away because of terror,

And his princes will be dismayed at the standard H5251,”

Declares Yahweh, whose fire is in Zion and whose furnace is in Jerusalem.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 33:23 -

Your cords hang slack;

They cannot hold the base of their mast firmly,

Nor spread out the sail H5251.

Then the prey of an abundant spoil will be divided;

The lame will take the plunder.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 49:22 -

Thus says Lord Yahweh,

“Behold, I will lift up My hand to the nations

And make high My standard H5251 to the peoples;

And they will bring your sons in their bosom,

And your daughters will be lifted up on their shoulders.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 62:10 -

Go through, go through the gates,

Clear the way [fn]for the people;

Build up, build up the highway,

Remove the stones, raise up a standard H5251 over the peoples.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:6 -

“Lift up a standard H5251 toward Zion!

Seek safety, do not stand still,

For I am bringing evil from the north,

And great destruction.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:21 -

How long must I see the standard H5251

And hear the sound of the trumpet?

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:2 -

“Declare and make it heard among the nations.

Make it heard and lift up a standard H5251.

Do not conceal it but say,

‘Babylon has been captured;

Bel has been put to shame; [fn]Marduk has been [fn]shattered;

Her images have been put to shame; her idols have been shattered.’

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 51:12 -

Lift up a standard H5251 against the walls of Babylon;

Make strong the watch;

Raise up [fn]watchmen;

Establish men in ambush!

For Yahweh has both purposed and performed

What He spoke concerning the inhabitants of Babylon.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 51:27 -

Lift up a standard H5251 in the land,

Blow a trumpet among the nations!

Set apart the nations against her;

Summon against her the kingdoms of Ararat, Minni, and Ashkenaz;

Appoint a marshal against her;

Bring up the horses like bristly locusts.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 27:7 -

“Your [fn]sail was of fine embroidered linen from Egypt

So that it became your [fn]standard H5251;

Your [fn]awning was [fn]blue and purple from the coastlands of Elishah.

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