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Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary Hebrew Lexicon
Strong's #6762 - צֵלָע
Zelah = “a rib”
1) a city in Benjamin containing the family burial place of Saul
צֵלָע constr. צֵלַע and צֶלַע (of a segolate form), with suff. צַלְעִי f. (but pl. צְלָעִים m. 1 Kings 6:34).
(1) a rib, Genesis 2:21, 22. Pl. צְלָעוֹת beams (as if the ribs of a building, Gerippe, Rippenwerk), 1 Kings 6:15, 16 1 Kings 6:16, 7:3 (compare verse 2, where there is כְּרֻתוֹת in the same signification).
(2) a side
(a) of man, Job 18:12; Jeremiah 20:10, שֹׁמְרֵי צַלְעִי “those who watch my side,” my friends who do not depart from my side.
(b) of inanimate things, as of the tabernacle, Exodus 26:26, 27 Exodus 26:27 of the altar, Exodus 27:7 of a quarter of the heaven, Exodus 26:35. Pl. צְלָעִי (m.) sides, or leaves of a door, 1 Kings 6:34. Elsewhere always צְלָעוֹת, constr. צַלְעוֹת the sides of the altar, Exodus 38:7 of the ark of the covenant, Exodus 25:14.
(3) a side chamber of the temple (as to which see יָצוּעַ ), 1 Kings 6:5; Ezekiel 41:6, seq.; also collect. story, or range of side chambers, 1 Kings 6:8, and i.q. יָצוּעַ, used of the whole of that part of the temple, comprising three stories, Ezekiel 41:5, Ezekiel 41:9, 11 Ezekiel 41:11. בֵּית צְלָעוֹת Ezekiel 41:9, is a space between the two walls of the temple, intended for these chambers. Compare Jos. Archæol. viii. 3, § 2.
(4) [Zelah], pr.n. of a town of the Benjamites, where Saul was buried, Joshua 18:28; 2 Samuel 21:14.