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Lexicon :: Strong's H5553 - selaʿ

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Part of Speech
masculine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
From an unused root meaning to be lofty
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TWOT Reference: 1508a

Strong’s Definitions

סֶלַע çelaʻ, seh'-lah; from an unused root meaning to be lofty; a craggy rock, literally or figuratively (a fortress):—(ragged) rock, stone(-ny), strong hold.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 60x

The KJV translates Strong's H5553 in the following manner: rock (57x), strong hold (1x), stones (1x), stony (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 60x
The KJV translates Strong's H5553 in the following manner: rock (57x), strong hold (1x), stones (1x), stony (1x).
  1. crag, cliff, rock

    1. crag, cliff

    2. as stronghold of Jehovah, of security (fig.)

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
סֶלַע çelaʻ, seh'-lah; from an unused root meaning to be lofty; a craggy rock, literally or figuratively (a fortress):—(ragged) rock, stone(-ny), strong hold.
STRONGS H5553: Abbreviations
I. סֶ֫לַע 61 noun masculineJudges 6:20 crag, cliff, synonym צוּר; — absolute ס׳ Judges 6:20 +, סָ֑לַע Numbers 20:10 +; construct סֶ֫לַע 1 Samuel 23:28; suffix סַלְעִי 2 Samuel 22:2 +, סַלְעוֺ Isaiah 31:9; plural סְלָעִים Isaiah 2:21 +; —
1. literally cliff, crag Judges 6:20; Isaiah 2:21; Isaiah 7:19; Amos 6:12; Numbers 20:8 (twice in verse); Numbers 20:10 (twice in verse); Numbers 20:11 (compare Nehemiah 9:15; Psalm 78:16, and contrast the צוּר of Exodus 17:6), Numbers 24:21; Deuteronomy 32:13 (not elsewhere Hexateuch), + 10 times; שֵׁן הַסּ׳ 1 Samuel 14:4 (twice in verse) tooth of the crag, i.e. sharp crag, so Job 39:28; excavated in cliff as place of burial Isaiah 22:16; abode of wild animals, יַעֲלֵיסֿ׳ Isaiah 22:1, compare Psalm 104:18; Proverbs 30:26, of birds Job 39:28; Songs 2:14 (in figurative), compare Jeremiah 48:28, so of Edom Obadiah 3 = Jeremiah 49:16; compare (Numbers 24:21 above and) Isaiah 42:11; particular cliffs are: עֵיטָם ס׳ Judges 15:8, 11 compare Judges 15:13, (הָ)רִמּוֺן ס׳ Judges 20:45, 47 (twice in verse); Judges 21:13 הַמַּחְלְקוֺת ס׳ 1 Samuel 23:28 compare 1 Samuel 23:25; see also II.סֶלַע.
† 2. figurative, especially סַלְעִי of י׳ (only Psalms), Psalm 18:3 = 2 Samuel 22:2; Psalm 31:4; Psalm 42:10; Psalm 71:3; of Assyrian god Isaiah 31:9 (probably; compare צוּר Deuteronomy 32:31, 37); כָּבֵד צֵל ס׳ Isaiah 32:2 (simile of protecting care); figurative of security Psalm 40:3 (feet on cliff), מְצָדוֺת סְלָעִים מִשְׂגַּבּוֺ Isaiah 33:16; symbol of obstinacy חִזְּקוּ פְנֵיהֶם מִסּ׳ Jeremiah 5:3; צְחִיחַ ס׳ (bare cliff, literally glare of [the] cliff), in figure of openness, flagrancy Ezekiel 24:7, 8, of razed city Ezekiel 26:4, 14 (only here Ezekiel); in figure of fall of Babylonian Jeremiah 51:25.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs




20:8; 20:10; 20:10; 20:11; 24:21; 24:21


32:13; 32:31; 32:37


6:20; 6:20; 6:20; 15:8; 15:11; 15:13; 20:45; 20:47; 21:13

1 Samuel

14:4; 23:25; 23:28; 23:28

2 Samuel

22:2; 22:2




39:28; 39:28


18:3; 31:4; 40:3; 42:10; 71:3; 78:16; 104:18



Song of Songs



2:21; 2:21; 7:19; 22:1; 22:16; 31:9; 31:9; 32:2; 33:16; 42:11


5:3; 48:28; 49:16; 51:25


24:7; 24:8; 26:4; 26:14





Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H5553 matches the Hebrew סֶלַע (selaʿ),
which occurs 59 times in 53 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 2 (Num 20:8–Eze 26:4)

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 20:8 - Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock H5553 before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: H5553 so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 20:10 - And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, H5553 and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock? H5553
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 20:11 - And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock H5553 twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:21 - And he looked on the Kenites, and took up his parable, and said, Strong is thy dwellingplace, and thou puttest thy nest in a rock. H5553
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:13 - He made him ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields; and he made him to suck honey out of the rock, H5553 and oil out of the flinty rock;
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:36 - And the coast of the Amorites was from the going up to Akrabbim, from the rock, H5553 and upward.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 6:20 - And the angel of God said unto him, Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes, and lay them upon this rock, H5553 and pour out the broth. And he did so.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 15:8 - And he smote them hip and thigh with a great slaughter: and he went down and dwelt in the top of the rock H5553 Etam.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 15:11 - Then three thousand men of Judah went to the top of the rock H5553 Etam, and said to Samson, Knowest thou not that the Philistines are rulers over us? what is this that thou hast done unto us? And he said unto them, As they did unto me, so have I done unto them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 15:13 - And they spake unto him, saying, No; but we will bind thee fast, and deliver thee into their hand: but surely we will not kill thee. And they bound him with two new cords, and brought him up from the rock. H5553
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:45 - And they turned and fled toward the wilderness unto the rock H5553 of Rimmon: and they gleaned of them in the highways five thousand men; and pursued hard after them unto Gidom, and slew two thousand men of them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:47 - But six hundred men turned and fled to the wilderness unto the rock H5553 Rimmon, and abode in the rock H5553 Rimmon four months.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 21:13 - And the whole congregation sent some to speak to the children of Benjamin that were in the rock H5553 Rimmon, and to call peaceably unto them.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 13:6 - When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait, (for the people were distressed,) then the people did hide themselves in caves, and in thickets, and in rocks, H5553 and in high places, and in pits.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:4 - And between the passages, by which Jonathan sought to go over unto the Philistines' garrison, there was a sharp rock H5553 on the one side, and a sharp rock H5553 on the other side: and the name of the one was Bozez, and the name of the other Seneh.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:25 - Saul also and his men went to seek him. And they told David: wherefore he came down into a rock, H5553 and abode in the wilderness of Maon. And when Saul heard that, he pursued after David in the wilderness of Maon.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:2 - And he said, The LORD is my rock, H5553 and my fortress, and my deliverer;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 19:11 - And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks H5553 before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 25:12 - And other ten thousand left alive did the children of Judah carry away captive, and brought them unto the top of the rock, H5553 and cast them down from the top of the rock, H5553 that they all were broken in pieces.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 9:15 - And gavest them bread from heaven for their hunger, and broughtest forth water for them out of the rock H5553 for their thirst, and promisedst them that they should go in to possess the land which thou hadst sworn to give them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:1 - Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock H5553 bring forth? or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:28 - She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, H5553 upon the crag of the rock, H5553 and the strong place.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:2 - The LORD is my rock, H5553 and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:3 - For thou art my rock H5553 and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:2 - He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, H5553 and established my goings.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 42:9 - I will say unto God my rock, H5553 Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 71:3 - Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock H5553 and my fortress.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:16 - He brought streams also out of the rock, H5553 and caused waters to run down like rivers.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:18 - The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks H5553 for the conies.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 137:9 - Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones. H5553
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 141:6 - When their judges are overthrown in stony H5553 places, they shall hear my words; for they are sweet.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:26 - The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks; H5553
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:14 - O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, H5553 in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 2:21 - To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, H5553 for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 7:19 - And they shall come, and shall rest all of them in the desolate valleys, and in the holes of the rocks, H5553 and upon all thorns, and upon all bushes.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 22:16 - What hast thou here? and whom hast thou here, that thou hast hewed thee out a sepulchre here, as he that heweth him out a sepulchre on high, and that graveth an habitation for himself in a rock? H5553
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 31:9 - And he shall pass over to his strong hold H5553 for fear, and his princes shall be afraid of the ensign, saith the LORD, whose fire is in Zion, and his furnace in Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 32:2 - And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock H5553 in a weary land.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 33:16 - He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: H5553 bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 57:5 - Enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree, slaying the children in the valleys under the clifts of the rocks? H5553
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:3 - O LORD, are not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; H5553 they have refused to return.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:4 - Take the girdle that thou hast got, which is upon thy loins, and arise, go to Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole of the rock. H5553
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 16:16 - Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the LORD, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks. H5553
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:29 - Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock H5553 in pieces?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:28 - O ye that dwell in Moab, leave the cities, and dwell in the rock, H5553 and be like the dove that maketh her nest in the sides of the hole's mouth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 49:16 - Thy terribleness hath deceived thee, and the pride of thine heart, O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, H5553 that holdest the height of the hill: though thou shouldest make thy nest as high as the eagle, I will bring thee down from thence, saith the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 51:25 - Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain, saith the LORD, which destroyest all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and roll thee down from the rocks, H5553 and will make thee a burnt mountain.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 24:7 - For her blood is in the midst of her; she set it upon the top of a rock; H5553 she poured it not upon the ground, to cover it with dust;
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 24:8 - That it might cause fury to come up to take vengeance; I have set her blood upon the top of a rock, H5553 that it should not be covered.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 26:4 - And they shall destroy the walls of Tyrus, and break down her towers: I will also scrape her dust from her, and make her like the top of a rock. H5553

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