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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 now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow H6738 of my roof.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 14:9 - Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence H6738 is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:15 - And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust in my shadow: H6738 and 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, Behold, there come people down from the top of the mountains. And Zebul said unto him, Thou seest the shadow H6738 of the mountains as if they were men.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 20:9 - And Isaiah said, This sign shalt thou have of the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing that he hath spoken: shall the shadow H6738 go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees?
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 20:10 - And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow H6738 to go down ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow H6738 return backward ten degrees.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 20:11 - And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the LORD: and he brought the shadow H6738 ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the dial of Ahaz.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 29:15 - For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, H6738 and there is none abiding.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:2 - As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, H6738 and as an hireling looketh for the reward of his work:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 8:9 - (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:) H6738
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 14:2 - He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, H6738 and continueth not.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 17:7 - Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow, and all my members are as a shadow. H6738
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 17:8 - Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow H6738 of thy wings,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 36:7 - How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow H6738 of thy wings.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 57:1 - [[To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave.]] Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow H6738 of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 63:7 - Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow H6738 of thy wings will I rejoice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 80:10 - The hills were covered with the shadow H6738 of it, and the boughs thereof were like the goodly cedars.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 91:1 - He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow H6738 of the Almighty.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:11 - My days are like a shadow H6738 that declineth; and I am withered like grass.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:23 - I am gone like the shadow H6738 when it declineth: I am tossed up and down as the locust.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 121:5 - The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade H6738 upon thy right hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 144:4 - Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow H6738 that passeth away.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 6:12 - For who knoweth what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? H6738 for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:12 - For wisdom is a defence, H6738 and money is a defence: H6738 but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 8:13 - But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; H6738 because he feareth not before God.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:3 - As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow H6738 with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 4:6 - And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow H6738 in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 16:3 - Take counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow H6738 as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; bewray not him that wandereth.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 25:4 - For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow H6738 from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 25:5 - Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; even the heat with the shadow H6738 of a cloud: the branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 30:2 - That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow H6738 of Egypt!
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 30:3 - Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow H6738 of Egypt your confusion.
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 H6738 of a great rock in a weary land.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 34:15 - There shall the great owl make her nest, and lay, and hatch, and gather under her shadow: H6738 there shall the vultures also be gathered, every one with her mate.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:8 - Behold, I will bring again the shadow H6738 of the degrees, which is gone down in the sun dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 49:2 - And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow H6738 of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me;
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 51:16 - And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow H6738 of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:45 - They that fled stood under the shadow H6738 of Heshbon because of the force: but a fire shall come forth out of Heshbon, and a flame from the midst of Sihon, and shall devour the corner of Moab, and the crown of the head of the tumultuous ones.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:20 - The breath of our nostrils, the anointed of the LORD, was taken in their pits, of whom we said, Under his shadow H6738 we shall live among the heathen.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 17:23 - In the mountain of the height of Israel will I plant it: and it shall bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a goodly cedar: and under it shall dwell all fowl of every wing; in the shadow H6738 of the branches thereof shall they dwell.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:6 - All the fowls of heaven made their nests in his boughs, and under his branches did all the beasts of the field bring forth their young, and under his shadow H6738 dwelt all great nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:12 - And strangers, the terrible of the nations, have cut him off, and have left him: upon the mountains and in all the valleys his branches are fallen, and his boughs are broken by all the rivers of the land; and all the people of the earth are gone down from his shadow, H6738 and have left him.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:17 - They also went down into hell with him unto them that be slain with the sword; and they that were his arm, that dwelt under his shadow H6738 in the midst of the heathen.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:13 - They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains, and burn incense upon the hills, under oaks and poplars and elms, because the shadow H6738 thereof is good: therefore your daughters shall commit whoredom, and your spouses shall commit adultery.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 14:7 - They that dwell under his shadow H6738 shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.
Unchecked Copy BoxJon 4:5 - So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, H6738 till he might see what would become of the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxJon 4:6 - And the LORD God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow H6738 over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd.
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