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Lexicon :: Strong's H5643 - sēṯer

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Part of Speech
feminine noun, masculine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
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TWOT Reference: 1551a,1551b

Strong’s Definitions

סֵתֶר çêther, say'-ther; or (feminine) סִתְרָה çithrâh; (Deuteronomy 32:38), from H5641; a cover (in a good or a bad, a literal or a figurative sense):—backbiting, covering, covert, × disguise(-th), hiding place, privily, protection, secret(-ly, place).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 36x

The KJV translates Strong's H5643 in the following manner: secret (12x), secretly (9x), covert (5x), secret place (3x), hiding place (2x), backbiting (1x), covering (1x), disguiseth (1x), privily (1x), protection (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 36x
The KJV translates Strong's H5643 in the following manner: secret (12x), secretly (9x), covert (5x), secret place (3x), hiding place (2x), backbiting (1x), covering (1x), disguiseth (1x), privily (1x), protection (1x).
masculine noun
  1. covering, shelter, hiding place, secrecy

    1. covering, cover

    2. hiding place, shelter, secret place

    3. secrecy

      1. secrecy (of tongue being slanderous)

        feminine noun
  2. shelter, protection

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
סֵתֶר çêther, say'-ther; or (feminine) סִתְרָה çithrâh; (Deuteronomy 32:38), from H5641; a cover (in a good or a bad, a literal or a figurative sense):—backbiting, covering, covert, × disguise(-th), hiding place, privily, protection, secret(-ly, place).
STRONGS H5643: Abbreviations
סֵ֫תֶר noun [masculine] covering, hiding-place, secrecy; — absolute ס׳ Judges 3:19 +, ס֑תֶר 2 Samuel 12:12; Proverbs 25:23, סֶ֑תֶר Psalm 139:15; construct סֵ֫תֶר 1 Samuel 25:20 +; suffix סִתְרוֺ Psalm 18:12 (insert also || 2 Samuel 22:12 Greek Version of the LXX Syriac Version Th Bu HPS), סִתְרִי Psalm 119:114; plural סְתָרִים Proverbs 9:17; —
1. covering, cover, הָהָר בְּס׳ 1 Samuel 25:20 under cover of the mountain, concealed by it; of clouds as covering for י׳ (shutting out his view) Job 22:14, of darkness (i.e. dark clouds) as י׳'s hiding-place (in theoph.) Psalm 18:12 (= 2 Samuel 22:12 see above), so רַ֑עַם ס׳ 2Sam 81:8 hiding-place of thunder; of adulterer פָּנִים ס׳יָשִׂים Job 24:15 i.e. disguiseth himself.
a. hidng-place, 1 Samuel 19:2; Isaiah 28:17 הַמַּדְרֵגָה ס׳ Songs 2:14 (in figurative; || חַגְוֵי הַסֶּלַע), of hippopotamus Job 40:21; figurative of Israel as shelter to Moab with מִפְּנֵי Isaiah 16:6, of ideal Israelite, as זֶרֶם ס׳ Isaiah 32:2, especially of י׳ as shelter: אָהֳלוֺ ס׳ Psalm 27:5, פָּנֶיךָ ס׳ Psalm 31:21, כְּנָפֶיךָ ס׳ Psalm 61:5, עֶלְיוֺן ס׳ Psalm 91:1, לִי אַתָּה ס׳ Psalm 32:7; compare Psalm 119:114.
b. secret place, of womb Psalm 139:15 (|| תַּחְתִּיּוֺת אָ֑רֶץ).
3. secrecy: דְּבַרסֿ׳ Judges 3:19 a matter of secrecy, secret matter; plural abstract intensive לֶחֶם סְתָרִים Proverbs 9:17 bread of utter secrecy (i.e. gained stealthily, || מַיִם גְּנוּבִים); לְשֹׁן סָ֑תֶר Proverbs 25:23 tongue of secrecy, i.e. slanderous; elsewhere בַּסּ׳ in secrecy, secretly Deuteronomy 13:7; Deuteronomy 27:15, 24; Deuteronomy 28:57; 2 Samuel 12:12; Jeremiah 37:17; Jeremiah 38:16; Jeremiah 40:15; Isaiah 45:19; Isaiah 48:16; Job 13:10; Job 31:27; Proverbs 21:14; Psalm 101:5.

סִתְרָה noun feminine shelter, protection, יְהִי עֲלֵיכֶם ס׳ Deuteronomy 32:38 (read perhaps יהיו, compare Dr) let them (the strange gods) be over you as a shelter.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


13:7; 27:15; 27:24; 28:57; 32:38


3:19; 3:19

1 Samuel

19:2; 25:20; 25:20

2 Samuel

12:12; 12:12; 22:12; 22:12


13:10; 22:14; 24:15; 31:27; 40:21


18:12; 18:12; 27:5; 31:21; 32:7; 61:5; 91:1; 101:5; 119:114; 119:114; 139:15; 139:15


9:17; 9:17; 21:14; 25:23; 25:23

Song of Songs



16:6; 28:17; 32:2; 45:19; 48:16


37:17; 38:16; 40:15

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H5643 matches the Hebrew סֵתֶר (sēṯer),
which occurs 36 times in 36 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 13:6 - “If your brother, your mother’s son, or your son or daughter, or the wife [fn]you cherish, or your friend who is like your own soul, entices you secretly H5643, saying, ‘Let’s go and serve other gods’ (whom neither you nor your fathers have known,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 27:15 - ‘Cursed is the person who makes a carved image or cast metal image, an abomination to the LORD, the work of the hands of a craftsman, and sets it up in secret H5643.’ And all the people shall reply and say, ‘Amen.’
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 27:24 - ‘Cursed is he who attacks his neighbor in secret H5643.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 28:57 - and toward her afterbirth that comes from between her [fn]legs, and toward her children to whom she gives birth, because she will eat them secretly H5643 for lack of anything else, during the siege and the hardship with which your enemy will [fn]oppress you in your [fn]towns.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:38 - ‘Those who ate the fat of their sacrifices,
And drank the wine of their drink offering?
Let them rise up and help you,
Let them be your protection H5643!
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:19 - But he himself turned back from the idols which were at Gilgal, and said, “I have a secret H5643 message for you, O king.” And the king said, “Silence!” And all who were attending him left him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 19:2 - So Jonathan informed David, saying, “My father Saul is seeking to put you to death. Now then, please be on your guard in the morning, and stay in a hiding H5643 place H5643 and conceal yourself.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:20 - And it happened as she was riding on her donkey and coming down by the hidden H5643 part H5643 of the mountain, that behold, David and his men were coming down toward her; so she met them.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:12 - ‘Indeed, you did it secretly H5643, but I will do this thing before all Israel, and [fn]in open daylight.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:10 - “He will certainly punish you
If you secretly H5643 show partiality.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 22:14 - ‘Clouds are a hiding H5643 place H5643 for Him, so that He cannot see;
And He walks on the [fn]vault of heaven.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 24:15 - “The eye of the adulterer watches for [fn]twilight,
Saying, ‘No eye will see me.’
And he [fn]disguises H5643 his face.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:27 - And my heart was secretly H5643 enticed,
And my hand [fn]threw a kiss from my mouth,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 40:21 - “He lies down under the lotus plants,
In the hiding H5643 place H5643 of the reeds and the marsh.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:11 - He made darkness His hiding H5643 place H5643, His [fn]canopy around Him,
Darkness of waters, thick clouds.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 27:5 - For on the day of trouble He will conceal me in His [fn]tabernacle;
He will hide me in the secret H5643 place H5643 of His tent;
He will lift me up on a rock.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:20 - You hide them in the secret H5643 place H5643 of Your presence from the conspiracies of mankind;
You keep them secretly in a [fn]shelter from the strife of tongues.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 32:7 - You are my hiding H5643 place H5643; You keep me from trouble;
You surround me with [fn]songs of deliverance. Selah
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 61:4 - Let me [fn]dwell in Your tent forever;
Let me take refuge in the shelter H5643 of Your wings. Selah
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 81:7 - “You called in trouble and I rescued you;
I answered you in the hiding H5643 place H5643 of thunder;
I put you to the test at the waters of Meribah. Selah
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 91:1 - One who dwells in the shelter H5643 of the Most High
Will lodge in the shadow of the Almighty.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 101:5 - Whoever secretly H5643 slanders his neighbor, him I will [fn]destroy;
I will not endure one who has a haughty look and an arrogant heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 119:114 - You are my hiding H5643 place H5643 and my shield;
I [fn]wait for Your word.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:15 - My [fn]frame was not hidden from You
When I was made in secret H5643,
And skillfully formed in the depths of the earth;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:17 - “Stolen water is sweet;
And bread eaten in secret H5643 is pleasant.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:14 - A gift in secret H5643 subdues anger,
And a bribe [fn]in an inside pocket, strong wrath.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:23 - The north wind brings rain,
And a [fn]gossiping H5643 tongue brings an angry face.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:14 - The Groom
“My dove, in the clefts of the [fn]rock,
In the hiding H5643 place H5643 of the mountain pathway,
Let me see [fn]how you look,
Let me hear your voice;
For your voice is pleasant,
And [fn]you look delightful.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 16:4 - “Let the [fn]outcasts of Moab stay with you;
Be a hiding H5643 place H5643 to them from the destroyer.”
For the oppressor has come to an end, destruction has ceased,
Oppressors have been removed from the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:17 - “I will make justice the measuring line
And righteousness the level;
Then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
And the waters will overflow the secret H5643 place H5643.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 32:2 - Each will be like a refuge from the wind
And a shelter H5643 from the storm,
Like [fn]streams of water in a dry country,
Like the shade of a [fn]huge rock in an exhausted land.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 45:19 - “I have not spoken in secret H5643,
In [fn]some dark land;
I did not say to the [fn]offspring of Jacob,
‘Seek Me in [fn]a wasteland’;
I, the LORD, speak righteousness,
Declaring things that are right.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 48:16 - “Come near to Me, listen to this:
From the beginning I have not spoken in secret H5643,
From the time it took place, I was there.
And now the Lord [fn]GOD has sent Me, and His Spirit.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 37:17 - Now King Zedekiah sent men and took him out; and in his palace the king secretly H5643 asked him and said, “Is there a word from the LORD?” And Jeremiah said, “There is!” Then he said, “You will be handed over to the king of Babylon!”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:16 - But King Zedekiah swore to Jeremiah in secret H5643, saying, “As the LORD lives, who made this [fn]life for us, I certainly will not put you to death, nor will I hand you over to these men who are seeking your [fn]life.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 40:15 - Then Johanan the son of Kareah spoke secretly H5643 to Gedaliah in Mizpah, saying, “Let me go and kill Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and no one will know! Why should he take your life, so that all the Jews who are gathered to you would be scattered and the remnant of Judah would perish?”
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