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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 you and your brother Aaron assemble the congregation and speak to the rock H5553 before their eyes, that it may yield its water. You shall thus bring forth water for them out of the rock H5553 and let the congregation and their beasts drink.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 20:10 - and Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly before the rock. H5553 And he said to them, “Listen now, you rebels; shall we bring forth water for you out of this rock?” H5553
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 20:11 - Then Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock H5553 twice with his rod; and water came forth abundantly, and the congregation and their beasts drank.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:21 - And he looked at the Kenite, and took up his discourse and said,
“Your dwelling place is enduring,
And your nest is set in the cliff. H5553
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:13 - “He made him ride on the high places of the earth,
And he ate the produce of the field;
And He made him suck honey from the rock, H5553
And oil from the flinty rock,
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:36 - The border of the Amorites ran from the ascent of Akrabbim, from Sela and upward.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 6:20 - The angel of God said to him, “Take the meat and the unleavened bread and lay them on this rock, H5553 and pour out the broth.” And he did so.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 15:8 - He struck them [fn]ruthlessly with a great slaughter; and he went down and lived in the cleft of the rock H5553 of Etam.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 15:11 - Then 3,000 men of Judah went down to the cleft of the rock H5553 of Etam and said to Samson, “Do you not know that the Philistines are rulers over us? What then is this that you have done to us?” And he said to them, “As they did to me, so I have done to them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 15:13 - So they said to [fn]him, “No, but we will bind you fast and give you into their hands; yet surely we will not kill you.” Then they bound him with two new ropes and brought him up from the rock. H5553
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:45 - [fn]The rest turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock H5553 of Rimmon, but they [fn]caught 5,000 of them on the highways and overtook them [fn]at Gidom and [fn]killed 2,000 of them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:47 - But 600 men turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock H5553 of Rimmon, and they remained at the rock H5553 of Rimmon four months.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 21:13 - Then the whole congregation sent word and spoke to the sons of Benjamin who were at the rock H5553 of Rimmon, and proclaimed peace to them.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 13:6 - When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait (for the people were hard-pressed), then the people hid themselves in caves, in thickets, in cliffs, H5553 in cellars, and in pits.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:4 - Between the passes by which Jonathan sought to cross over to the Philistines’ garrison, there was a sharp crag H5553 on the one side and a sharp crag 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 - When Saul and his men went to seek him, they told David, and he came down to the rock H5553 and stayed in the wilderness of Maon. And when Saul heard it, he pursued David in the wilderness of Maon.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:2 - He said,
“The LORD is my [fn]rock H5553 and my fortress and my deliverer;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 19:11 - So He said, “Go forth and stand on the mountain before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking 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 - The sons of Judah also captured 10,000 alive and brought them to the top of the cliff H5553 and threw them down from the top of the cliff, H5553 so that they were all dashed to pieces.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 9:15 - “You provided bread from heaven for them for their hunger,
You brought forth water from a rock H5553 for them for their thirst,
And You told them to enter in order to possess
The land which You [fn]swore to give them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:1 - “Do you know the time the [fn]mountain H5553 goats give birth?
Do you observe the calving of the deer?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:28 - “On the cliff H5553 he dwells and lodges,
Upon the rocky H5553 crag, an inaccessible place.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:2 - The LORD is my [fn]rock H5553 and my fortress and my deliverer,
My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:3 - For You are my [fn]rock H5553 and my fortress;
For Your name’s sake You will lead me and guide me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:2 - He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the [fn]miry clay,
And He set my feet upon a rock H5553 making my footsteps firm.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 42:9 - I will say to God my rock, H5553 “Why have You forgotten me?
Why do I go mourning [fn]because of the oppression of the enemy?”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 71:3 - Be to me a rock of habitation to which I may continually come;
You have given commandment to save me,
For You are my [fn]rock H5553 and my fortress.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:16 - He brought forth streams also from the rock H5553
And caused waters to run down like rivers.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:18 - The high mountains are for the wild goats;
The cliffs H5553 are a refuge for the [fn]shephanim.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 137:9 - How blessed will be the one who seizes and dashes your little ones
Against the rock. H5553
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 141:6 - Their judges are thrown down by the sides of the rock, H5553
And they hear my words, for they are pleasant.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:26 - The [fn]shephanim are not mighty people,
Yet they make their houses in the rocks; H5553
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:14 - [fn]O my dove, in the clefts of the [fn]rock, H5553
In the secret place of the steep [fn]pathway,
Let me see your [fn]form,
Let me hear your voice;
For your voice is sweet,
And your [fn]form is lovely.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 2:21 - In order to go into the caverns of the rocks and the clefts of the cliffs H5553
Before the terror of the LORD and the splendor of His majesty,
When He arises to make the earth tremble.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 7:19 - They will all come and settle on the steep [fn]ravines, on the ledges of the cliffs, H5553 on all the thorn bushes and on all the [fn]watering places.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 22:16 - ‘What right do you have here,
And whom do you have here,
That you have hewn a tomb for yourself here,
You who hew a tomb on the height,
You who carve a resting place for [fn]yourself in the rock? H5553
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 31:9 - “His rock H5553 will pass away because of panic,
And his princes will be terrified at the standard,”
Declares the LORD, whose fire is in Zion and whose furnace is in Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 32:2 - Each will be like a refuge from the wind
And a shelter from the storm,
Like [fn]streams of water in a dry country,
Like the shade of a [fn]huge rock H5553 in [fn]a parched land.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 33:16 - He will dwell on the heights,
His refuge will be the [fn]impregnable rock; H5553
His bread will be given him,
His water will be sure.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 57:5 - Who inflame yourselves among the [fn]oaks,
Under every luxuriant tree,
Who slaughter the children in the [fn]ravines,
Under the clefts of the crags? H5553
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:3 - O LORD, do not Your eyes look for [fn]truth?
You have smitten them,
But they did not [fn]weaken;
You have consumed them,
But they refused to take correction.
They have made their faces harder than rock; H5553
They have refused to repent.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:4 - “Take the waistband that you have bought, which is around your waist, and arise, go to [fn]the Euphrates and hide it there in a crevice of the rock.” H5553
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 16:16 - “Behold, I am going to send for many fishermen,” declares the LORD, “and they will fish for them; and afterwards I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them from every mountain and every hill and from the clefts of the rocks. H5553
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:29 - “Is not My word like fire?” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer which shatters a rock? H5553
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:28 - “Leave the cities and dwell among the crags, H5553
O inhabitants of Moab,
And be like a dove that nests
Beyond the mouth of the chasm.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 49:16 - “As for the terror of you,
The arrogance of your heart has deceived you,
O you who live in the clefts of [fn]the rock, H5553
Who occupy the height of the hill.
Though you make your nest as high as an eagle’s,
I will bring you down from there,” declares the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 51:25 - “Behold, I am against you, O destroying mountain,
Who destroys the whole earth,” declares the LORD,
“And I will stretch out My hand against you,
And roll you down from the crags, H5553
And I will make you a burnt out mountain.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 24:7 - “For her blood is in her midst;
She placed it on the bare rock; H5553
She did not pour it on the ground
To cover it with dust.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 24:8 - “That it may cause wrath to come up to take vengeance,
I have put her blood on the bare rock, H5553
That it may not be covered.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 26:4 - ‘They will destroy the walls of Tyre and break down her towers; and I will scrape her debris from her and make her a bare rock. H5553

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