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Lexicon :: Strong's H6738 - ṣēl

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Part of Speech
masculine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
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TWOT Reference: 1921a

Strong’s Definitions

צֵל tsêl, tsale; from H6751; shade, whether literal or figurative:—defence, shade(-ow).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 49x

The KJV translates Strong's H6738 in the following manner: shadow (45x), defence (3x), shade (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 49x
The KJV translates Strong's H6738 in the following manner: shadow (45x), defence (3x), shade (1x).
  1. shadow, shade

    1. shadow (on dial)

    2. shadow, shade (as protection)

    3. shadow (symbolic of transitoriness of life)

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
צֵל tsêl, tsale; from H6751; shade, whether literal or figurative:—defence, shade(-ow).
STRONGS H6738: Abbreviations
צֵל noun masculinePsalm 144:4 shadow; — צ׳ absolute 2 Kings 20:9 +, construct Genesis 19:8 +; suffix צִלְךָ Psalm 121:5, צִלּוֺ Ezekiel 31:6 +, also צִלְלוֺ [H6752 Job 40:22], etc.; plural צְלָלִים [H6752 Songs 2:17; Songs 4:6]; construct צִלְלֵי [H6752 Jeremiah 6:4]; —
1. shadow on dial 2 Kings 20:9, 2 Kings 20:10 (twice in verse); 2 Kings 20:11 || Isaiah 38:8; צִלְלֶיעָֿ֑רֶב [H6752 Jeremiah 6:4], compare [H6752 Songs 2:17; Songs 4:6]; of mountain Judges 9:36.
2. shadow, shade, as protection (from sun): of branches, Judges 9:15 (in allegory), Hosea 4:13; [H6752 Job 40:22]; Jonah 4:5, Jonah 4:6 and (in figurative) Hosea 14:8 [Hosea 14:7]; Ezekiel 17:23; Ezekiel 31:6, Ezekiel 31:12, Ezekiel 31:17; Psalm 80:11 [Psalm 80:10]; Songs 2:3 (of refreshment, delight); of rock Isaiah 32:2 (simile); קֹרָתִי צ׳ Genesis 19:8 shadow of my roof; of cloud Isaiah 25:4 and (figurative of י׳'s protection) Isaiah 4:6; Isaiah 25:4, so probably Isaiah 16:3; כְּנָפֶיךָ צ׳ shadow of thy wings, figurative of י׳'s protection Psalm 17:8; Psalm 36:8 [Psalm 36:7]; Psalm 57:2 [Psalm 57:1]; Psalm 63:8 [Psalm 63:7]; shade, in general, Job 7:2, figurative of י׳ Psalm 121:5; hence = protection, defence, of city (wall) Jeremiah 48:45; of י׳ Numbers 14:9 (JE), Psalm 91:1 (see also proper name בְּצַלְאֵל), compare צֵל יָדוֺ Isaiah 49:2 (covering prophet, under figure of sword), Isaiah 51:16 (covering people); of human ally Isaiah 30:2, Isaiah 30:3, of king Lamentations 4:20; also of wisdom Ecclesiastes 7:12, money Ecclesiastes 7:12. — בְּצִלָּהּ Isaiah 34:15 apparently reference to קִפּוֹז, but improbable; read perhaps בֵּצֶיהָ her eggs Du CheHpt (CheHeb Hpt transpose וּבָֽקְעָה וְדָֽגְרָה).
3. shadow as symbol of transitoriness of life Job 8:9; Job 14:2; Psalm 144:4 (כְּצֵל עוֺבֵר), Ecclesiastes 6:12; Ecclesiastes 8:13; כְּצֵל נָטוּי of an individual life near its end Psalm 102:12 [Psalm 102:11], so כְּצֵל כִּנְטוֺתוֺ Psalm 109:23; in simile of emaciated members, וִיצֻרַי כַּצֵּל Job 17:7.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


19:8; 19:8




9:15; 9:36

2 Kings

20:9; 20:9; 20:10; 20:11


7:2; 8:9; 14:2; 17:7


17:8; 36:7; 57:1; 63:7; 80:10; 91:1; 102:11; 109:23; 121:5; 121:5; 144:4; 144:4


6:12; 7:12; 7:12; 8:13

Song of Songs



4:6; 16:3; 25:4; 25:4; 30:2; 30:3; 32:2; 34:15; 38:8; 49:2; 51:16






17:23; 31:6; 31:6; 31:12; 31:17


4:13; 14:7


4:5; 4:6

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H6738 matches the Hebrew צֵל (ṣēl),
which occurs 49 times in 47 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:8 - Behold, I have two daughters who have not known any man. Let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you please. Only do nothing to these men, for they have come under the shelter of my roof.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 14:9 - Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their protection is removed from them, and the LORD is with us; do not fear them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:15 - And the bramble said to the trees, ‘If in good faith you are anointing me king over you, then come and take refuge in my shade, but if not, let fire come out of the bramble and devour the cedars of Lebanon.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:36 - And when Gaal saw the people, he said to Zebul, “Look, people are coming down from the mountaintops!” And Zebul said to him, “You mistake[fn] the shadow of the mountains for men.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 20:9 - And Isaiah said, “This shall be the sign to you from the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing that he has promised: shall the shadow go forward ten steps, or go back ten steps?”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 20:10 - And Hezekiah answered, “It is an easy thing for the shadow to lengthen ten steps. Rather let the shadow go back ten steps.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 20:11 - And Isaiah the prophet called to the LORD, and he brought the shadow back ten steps, by which it had gone down on the steps of Ahaz.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 29:15 - For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:2 - Like a slave who longs for the shadow,
and like a hired hand who looks for his wages,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 8:9 - For we are but of yesterday and know nothing,
for our days on earth are a shadow.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 14:2 - He comes out like a flower and withers;
he flees like a shadow and continues not.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 17:7 - My eye has grown dim from vexation,
and all my members are like a shadow.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 17:8 - Keep me as the apple of your eye;
hide me in the shadow of your wings,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 36:7 - How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 57:1 - To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Miktam[fn] of David, when he fled from Saul, in the cave.
Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
for in you my soul takes refuge;
in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,
till the storms of destruction pass by.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 63:7 - for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 80:10 - The mountains were covered with its shade,
the mighty cedars with its branches.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 91:1 - He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:11 - My days are like an evening shadow;
I wither away like grass.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:23 - I am gone like a shadow at evening;
I am shaken off like a locust.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 121:5 - The LORD is your keeper;
the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 144:4 - Man is like a breath;
his days are like a passing shadow.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 6:12 - For who knows what is good for man while he lives the few days of his vain[fn] life, which he passes like a shadow? For who can tell man what will be after him under the sun?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:12 - For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money,
and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 8:13 - But it will not be well with the wicked, neither will he prolong his days like a shadow, because he does not fear before God.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:3 - She
As an apple tree among the trees of the forest,
so is my beloved among the young men.
With great delight I sat in his shadow,
and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 4:6 - There will be a booth for shade by day from the heat, and for a refuge and a shelter from the storm and rain.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 16:3 - “Give counsel;
grant justice;
make your shade like night
at the height of noon;
shelter the outcasts;
do not reveal the fugitive;
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 25:4 - For you have been a stronghold to the poor,
a stronghold to the needy in his distress,
a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat;
for the breath of the ruthless is like a storm against a wall,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 25:5 - like heat in a dry place.
You subdue the noise of the foreigners;
as heat by the shade of a cloud,
so the song of the ruthless is put down.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 30:2 - who set out to go down to Egypt,
without asking for my direction,
to take refuge in the protection of Pharaoh
and to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt!
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 30:3 - Therefore shall the protection of Pharaoh turn to your shame,
and the shelter in the shadow of Egypt to your humiliation.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 32:2 - Each will be like a hiding place from the wind,
a shelter from the storm,
like streams of water in a dry place,
like the shade of a great rock in a weary land.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 34:15 - There the owl nests and lays
and hatches and gathers her young in her shadow;
indeed, there the hawks are gathered,
each one with her mate.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:8 - Behold, I will make the shadow cast by the declining sun on the dial of Ahaz turn back ten steps.” So the sun turned back on the dial the ten steps by which it had declined.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 49:2 - He made my mouth like a sharp sword;
in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me a polished arrow;
in his quiver he hid me away.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 51:16 - And I have put my words in your mouth
and covered you in the shadow of my hand,
establishing[fn] the heavens
and laying the foundations of the earth,
and saying to Zion, ‘You are my people.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:45 - “In the shadow of Heshbon
fugitives stop without strength,
for fire came out from Heshbon,
flame from the house of Sihon;
it has destroyed the forehead of Moab,
the crown of the sons of tumult.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:20 - The breath of our nostrils, the LORD’s anointed,
was captured in their pits,
of whom we said, “Under his shadow
we shall live among the nations.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 17:23 - On the mountain height of Israel will I plant it, that it may bear branches and produce fruit and become a noble cedar. And under it will dwell every kind of bird; in the shade of its branches birds of every sort will nest.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:6 - All the birds of the heavens
made their nests in its boughs;
under its branches all the beasts of the field
gave birth to their young,
and under its shadow
lived all great nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:12 - Foreigners, the most ruthless of nations, have cut it down and left it. On the mountains and in all the valleys its branches have fallen, and its boughs have been broken in all the ravines of the land, and all the peoples of the earth have gone away from its shadow and left it.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:17 - They also went down to Sheol with it, to those who are slain by the sword; yes, those who were its arm, who lived under its shadow among the nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:13 - They sacrifice on the tops of the mountains
and burn offerings on the hills,
under oak, poplar, and terebinth,
because their shade is good.
Therefore your daughters play the whore,
and your brides commit adultery.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 14:7 - They shall return and dwell beneath my[fn] shadow;
they shall flourish like the grain;
they shall blossom like the vine;
their fame shall be like the wine of Lebanon.
Unchecked Copy BoxJon 4:5 - Jonah went out of the city and sat to the east of the city and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, till he should see what would become of the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxJon 4:6 - Now the LORD God appointed a plant[fn] and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort.[fn] So Jonah was exceedingly glad because of the plant.
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