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Lexicon :: Strong's H6754 - ṣelem

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Part of Speech
masculine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
From an unused root meaning to shade
Dictionary Aids

TWOT Reference: 1923a

Strong’s Definitions

צֶלֶם tselem, tseh'-lem; from an unused root meaning to shade; a phantom, i.e. (figuratively) illusion, resemblance; hence, a representative figure, especially an idol:—image, vain shew.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 17x

The KJV translates Strong's H6754 in the following manner: image (16x), vain shew (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 17x
The KJV translates Strong's H6754 in the following manner: image (16x), vain shew (1x).
  1. image

    1. images (of tumours, mice, heathen gods)

    2. image, likeness (of resemblance)

    3. mere, empty, image, semblance (fig.)

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
צֶלֶם tselem, tseh'-lem; from an unused root meaning to shade; a phantom, i.e. (figuratively) illusion, resemblance; hence, a representative figure, especially an idol:—image, vain shew.
צֶ֫לֶם noun masculineEzekiel 16:17 image (something cut out, compare H6459 פֶּסֶל; Nö 'Schnitzbild'); — צ׳ absolute Psalm 39:7 [Psalm 39:6], construct Genesis 1:27 +; suffix צַלְמוֺ Genesis 1:27; Genesis 5:3, צַלְמֵנוּ Genesis 1:26, צַלְמָם Psalm 73:20; plural construct צַלְמֵי 1 Samuel 6:5 (twice in verse) +, suffix צְלָמָיו 2 Kings 11:18; 2 Chronicles 23:17, צַלְמֵיכֶם Amos 5:26; —
1. images of tumours and mice (of gold) 1 Samuel 6:5 (twice in verse); 1 Samuel 6:11; especially of heathen gods Amos 5:26 (text dubious; strike out We as gloss, compare GASm Dr), 2 Kings 11:18 2 Chronicles 23:17 (both with verb שִׁבְּרוּ), Ezekiel 7:20, so זָכָר צ׳ Ezekiel 16:17 (i.e. in male form, according to figurative of harlotry for idolatry); צַלְמֵי מַסֵכֹתָם Numbers 33:52 their molten images; of painted pictures of men Ezekiel 23:14.
2. image, likeness, of resemblance, בְּצ׳ (בָּרָא) עָשָׂה, of God's making man in his own image, Genesis 1:26 (|| כִּדְמוּתֵנוּ), Genesis 1:27; Genesis 1:27; Genesis 9:6, כְּצ׳ Genesis 5:3 (|| בִּדְמוּתוֺ; all P).
3. figurative = mere, empty, image, semblance, בְּצ׳ Psalm 39:7 [Psalm 39:6] as (ב essentiae) a (mere) semblance man walks about; צַלְמָם תִּבְזֶה Psalm 73:20 thou wilt despise their semblance.

See related Aramaic BDB entry H6755.
Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon, Unabridged, Electronic Database.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


1:26; 1:26; 1:27; 1:27; 1:27; 1:27; 5:3; 5:3; 9:6



1 Samuel

6:5; 6:5; 6:11

2 Kings

11:18; 11:18

2 Chronicles

23:17; 23:17


39:6; 39:6; 73:20; 73:20


7:20; 16:17; 16:17; 23:14


5:26; 5:26


Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H6754 matches the Hebrew צֶלֶם (ṣelem),
which occurs 17 times in 15 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 1:26 - Then God said, “[fn]Let Us make mankind in Our image H6754, according to Our likeness; and [fn]let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the livestock and over all the earth, and over every crawling thing that crawls on the earth.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 1:27 - So God created man in His own image H6754, in the image H6754 of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 5:3 - When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, according to his image H6754, and named him Seth.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:6 - “Whoever sheds human blood,
By man his blood shall be shed,
For in the image H6754 of God
He made mankind.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 33:52 - you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from you, and destroy all their idolatrous sculptures, destroy all their cast metal images, and eliminate all their high places;
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 6:5 - “So you shall make likenesses H6754 of your tumors and likenesses H6754 of your mice that are ruining the land, and you shall give glory to the God of Israel; perhaps He will lighten His hand from you, your gods, and your land.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 6:11 - And they put the ark of the LORD on the cart, and the saddlebag with the gold mice and the likenesses H6754 of their tumors.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 11:18 - And all the people of the land came to the house of Baal and tore it down; they thoroughly smashed his altars and his images H6754 in pieces, and they killed Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars. Then the priest appointed sentries over the house of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 23:17 - And all the people went to the house of Baal and tore it down, and they broke in pieces his altars and his images H6754, and killed Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 39:6 - “Certainly every person walks around as [fn]a fleeting H6754 shadow H6754;
They certainly make an uproar for nothing;
He amasses riches and does not know who will gather them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 73:20 - Like a dream when one awakes,
Lord, when stirred, You will despise their image H6754.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 7:20 - ‘Moreover, they transformed the splendor of His jewels into pride, and they made the images H6754 of their abominations and their detestable things with it; therefore I will make it an abhorrent thing to them.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:17 - “You also took your beautiful [fn]jewels made of My gold and of My silver, which I had given you, and made for yourself male images H6754 so that you might commit prostitution with them.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:14 - “So she increased her obscene practices. And she saw men carved on the wall, images H6754 of the Chaldeans drawn in bright red,
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 5:26 - “You also carried along [fn]Sikkuth your king and [fn]Kiyyun, your images H6754, [fn]the star of your gods which you made for yourselves.

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