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Lexicon :: Strong's H6738 - ṣēl

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Part of Speech
masculine noun
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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 - “Now behold, I have two daughters who have not [fn]had relations with man; please let me bring them out to you, and do to them [fn]whatever you like; only do nothing to these men, inasmuch as they have come under the [fn]shelter H6738 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 will be our [fn]prey. Their [fn]protection H6738 has been removed from them, and the LORD is with us; do not fear them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:15 - “The bramble said to the trees, ‘If in [fn]truth you are anointing me as king over you, come and take refuge in my shade; H6738 but if not, may fire come out from the bramble and consume the cedars of Lebanon.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:36 - When Gaal saw the people, he said to Zebul,[fn]Look, people are coming down from the tops of the mountains.” But Zebul said to him, “You are seeing the shadow H6738 of the mountains as if they were men.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 20:9 - Isaiah said, “This shall be the sign to you from the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing that He has spoken: shall the shadow H6738 go forward ten steps or go back ten steps?”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 20:10 - So Hezekiah [fn]answered, “It is easy for the shadow H6738 to decline ten steps; no, but let the shadow H6738 turn backward ten steps.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 20:11 - Isaiah the prophet cried to the LORD, and He brought the shadow H6738 on the [fn]stairway back ten steps by which it had gone down on the [fn]stairway of Ahaz.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 29:15 - “For we are sojourners before You, and tenants, as all our fathers were; our days on the earth are like a shadow, H6738 and there is no hope.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:2 - “As a slave who pants for the shade, H6738
And as a hired man who eagerly waits for his wages,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 8:9 - “For we are only of yesterday and know nothing,
Because our days on earth are as a shadow. H6738
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 14:2 - “Like a flower he comes forth and withers.
He also flees like a shadow H6738 and does not remain.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 17:7 - “My eye has also grown dim because of grief,
And all my members are as a shadow. H6738
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 17:8 - Keep me as [fn]the apple of the eye;
Hide me in the shadow H6738 of Your wings
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 36:7 - How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!
And the children of men take refuge in the shadow H6738 of Your wings.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 57:1 - For the choir director; set to [fn]Al-tashheth. A [fn]Mikhtam of David, [fn]when he fled from Saul in the cave.
Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me,
For my soul takes refuge in You;
And in the shadow H6738 of Your wings I will take refuge
Until destruction passes by.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 63:7 - For You have been my help,
And in the shadow H6738 of Your wings I sing for joy.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 80:10 - The mountains were covered with its shadow, H6738
And [fn]the cedars of God with its boughs.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 91:1 - He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will abide in the shadow H6738 of the Almighty.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:11 - My days are like a [fn]lengthened shadow, H6738
And [fn]I wither away like [fn]grass.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:23 - I am passing like a shadow H6738 when it lengthens;
I am shaken off like the locust.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 121:5 - The LORD is your keeper;
The LORD is your shade H6738 on your right hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 144:4 - Man is like a mere breath;
His days are like a passing shadow. H6738
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 6:12 - For who knows what is good for a man during his lifetime, during the few [fn]years of his futile life? He will [fn]spend them like a shadow. H6738 For who can tell a man what will be after him under the sun?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:12 - For wisdom is [fn]protection H6738 just as money is [fn]protection, H6738
But the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the lives of its possessors.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 8:13 - But it will not be well for the evil man and he will not lengthen his days like a shadow, H6738 because he does not fear God.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:3 - [fn]Like an [fn]apple tree among the trees of the forest,
So is my beloved among the [fn]young men.
In his shade H6738 I took great delight and sat down,
And his fruit was sweet to my [fn]taste.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 4:6 - There will be a shelter to give shade H6738 from the heat by day, and refuge and [fn]protection from the storm and the rain.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 16:3 - [fn]Give us advice, make a decision;
[fn]Cast your shadow H6738 like night [fn]at high noon;
Hide the outcasts, do not betray the fugitive.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 25:4 - For You have been a defense for the helpless,
A defense for the needy in his distress,
A refuge from the storm, a shade H6738 from the heat;
For the breath of the ruthless
Is like a rain storm against a wall.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 25:5 - Like heat in drought, You subdue the uproar of aliens;
Like heat by the shadow H6738 of a cloud, the song of the ruthless is [fn]silenced.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 30:2 - Who proceed down to Egypt
Without consulting [fn]Me,
To take refuge in the safety of Pharaoh
And to seek shelter in the shadow H6738 of Egypt!
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 30:3 - “Therefore the safety of Pharaoh will be your shame
And the shelter in the shadow H6738 of Egypt, your humiliation.
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 H6738 of a [fn]huge rock in [fn]a parched land.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 34:15 - The tree snake will make its nest and lay eggs there,
And it will hatch and gather them under its [fn]protection. H6738
Yes, the [fn]hawks will be gathered there,
Every one with its kind.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:8 - “Behold, I will cause the shadow H6738 on the stairway, which has gone down with the sun on the stairway of Ahaz, to go back ten steps.” So the sun’s shadow went back ten steps on the stairway on which it had gone down.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 49:2 - He has made My mouth like a sharp sword,
In the shadow H6738 of His hand He has concealed Me;
And He has also made Me a [fn]select arrow,
He has hidden Me in His quiver.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 51:16 - “I have put My words in your mouth and have covered you with the shadow H6738 of My hand, to [fn]establish the heavens, to found the earth, and to say to Zion, ‘You are My people.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:45 - “In the shadow H6738 of Heshbon
The fugitives stand without strength;
For a fire has gone forth from Heshbon
And a flame from the midst of Sihon,
And it has devoured the forehead of Moab
And the scalps of the [fn]riotous revelers.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:20 - The breath of our nostrils, the LORDS anointed,
Was captured in their pits,
Of whom we had said, “Under his shadow H6738
We shall live among the nations.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 17:23 - “On the high mountain of Israel I will plant it, that it may bring forth boughs and bear fruit and become a stately cedar. And birds of every [fn]kind will [fn]nest under it; they will [fn]nest in the shade H6738 of its branches.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:6 - ‘All the birds of the heavens nested in its boughs,
And under its branches all the beasts of the field gave birth,
And all great nations lived under its shade. H6738
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:12 - “Alien tyrants of the 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 down from its shade H6738 and left it.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:17 - “They also went down with it to Sheol to those who were slain by the sword; and those who were its [fn]strength lived under its shade H6738 among the nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:13 - They offer sacrifices on the tops of the mountains
And [fn]burn incense on the hills,
Under oak, poplar and terebinth,
Because their shade H6738 is pleasant.
Therefore your daughters play the harlot
And your [fn]brides commit adultery.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 14:7 - Those who live in his shadow H6738
Will [fn]again raise grain,
And they will blossom like the vine.
His renown will be like the wine of Lebanon.
Unchecked Copy BoxJon 4:5 - Then Jonah went out from the city and sat east of [fn]it. There he made a shelter for himself and sat under it in the shade H6738 until he could see what would happen in the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxJon 4:6 - So the LORD God appointed a [fn]plant and it grew up over Jonah to be a shade H6738 over his head to deliver him from his discomfort. And Jonah was [fn]extremely happy about the [fn]plant.
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