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Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary

Entry for Strong's #3617 - כָּלָה

Word Origin
from (03615)
Parts of Speech
Noun Feminine
Word Definition [ Brown-Drivers-Briggs | Strong ]
Brown-Driver-Briggs' Definition

1) completion, termination, full end, complete destruction, consumption, annihilation

1a) completion

1a1) completely, altogether (adverb)

1b) complete destruction, consumption, annihilation

Greek Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 3956 ‑ πᾶς (pas);  
Frequency Lists  [ Book | Word ]
Verse Results
KJV (22) NAS (22) HCS (19)
Genesis 1
Exodus 1
1 Samuel 1
2 Chronicles 1
Nehemiah 1
Isaiah 2
Jeremiah 5
Ezekiel 3
Daniel 2
Nahum 2
Zephaniah 1
Genesis 1
Exodus 1
2 Chronicles 1
Nehemiah 1
Isaiah 2
Jeremiah 5
Ezekiel 2
Daniel 2
Nahum 2
Zephaniah 1
2 Chronicles 1
Nehemiah 1
Isaiah 2
Jeremiah 7
Ezekiel 3
Daniel 2
Nahum 2
Zephaniah 1
P-d 4
n-cfs 16
n-cms 1
v-qp3ms 1
P-d 4
n-cfs 16
n-cms 1
v-qp3ms 1
P-d 4
n-cfs 16
n-cms 1
v-qp3ms 1

Ancient Hebrew Lexicon Definitions

1242) lk (כל KL) AC: Complete CO: Vessel AB: Whole: The pictograph k is a picture of the bent palm representing the bending or subduing of the will, the l is a picture of a shepherd staff or yoke. Combined these mean "tame for the yoke". An animal or land that is tamed has been worked and is complete and ready for use. Taming include; construction of holding pens, putting the soil to the plow, harvesting of crops, milk or meat. One eats once the harvest is complete. (eng: whole; cell; cellar)

A) lk (כל KL) AC: Complete CO: Vessel AB: Whole: A container for holding contents. Something that is full or whole.

Nf1) elk (כלה KLH) - Completion: Something that has been completed or made whole. This can be in a positive sense or negative such as in a failure. KJV (22): end, altogether, consume, consumption, consummation, determine, riddance - Strongs: H3617 (כָּלָה)

fm) ilk (כלי KLY) - Vessel: For carrying or storing various materials. KJV (325): vessel, instrument, weapon, jewel, stuff, thing, armour, furniture, carriage, bag - Strongs: H3627 (כְּלִי)

ff1) eilk (כליה KLYH) - Kidney: The organ as a vessel. The seat of emotion. KJV (31): kidneys, reins - Strongs: H3629 (כִּלְיָה)

if1) elkt (תכלה TKLH) - Completion: KJV (1): perfection - Strongs: H8502 (תִּכְלָה)

if2) tlkt (תכלת TKLT) - Blue: [Unknown connection to root] KJV (50): blue - Strongs: H8504 (תְּכֵלֶת)

if4) tilkt (תכלית TKLYT) - Boundary: The ends of the whole. KJV (5): end, perfection, perfect - Strongs: H8503 (תַּכְלִית)

fjm) nfilk (כליונ KLYWN) - Failure: A complete destruction or failure of something. KJV (2): failing, consumption - Strongs: H3631 (כִּלָּיוֹן)

B) llk (כלל KLL) AC: Complete CO: ? AB: Whole: Something that is whole or a container that holds something completely.

V) llk (כלל KLL) - Complete: [Hebrew and Aramaic] KJV (10): (vf: Paal) perfect, finish - Strongs: H3634 (כָּלַל), H3635 (כְּלַל)

Nf1) ellk (כללה KLLH) - Bride: The one added to the man to make him complete. KJV (34): daughter-in-law, bride, spouse - Strongs: H3618 (כַּלָּה)

bm) lilk (כליל KLYL) - Complete: KJV (15): perfect, wholly, perfection, utterly, whole - Strongs: H3632 (כָּלִיל)

df1) elflk (כלולה KLWLH) - Bridehood: In the sense of becoming complete. KJV (1): espousal - Strongs: H3623 (כְּלוּלֹת)

hm) llkm (מכלל MKLL) - Complete: KJV (1): perfection - Strongs: H4359 (מִכְלָל)

hcm) lflkm (מכלול MKLWL) - Complete: KJV (2): gorgeously, sorts - Strongs: H4358 (מִכְלוֹל)

hdm) lflkm (מכלול MKLWL) - Choice: In the sense of being whole and complete. KJV (1): all - Strongs: H4360 (מַכְלֻל)

C) lka (אכל AKL) AC: Eat CO: Food AB: ?: Through sustenance one becomes whole and satisfied.

V) lka (אכל AKL) - Eat: [Hebrew and Aramaic] KJV (817): (vf: Paal, Niphal, Hiphil, Pual, Piel) eat, devour, consume - Strongs: H398 (אָכַל), H399 (אֲכַל)

Nf1) elka (אכלה AKLH) - Food: KJV (18): meat, devour, fuel, eat, consume, food - Strongs: H402 (אָכְלָה)

am) lkam (מאכל MAKL) - Food: KJV (30): meat, food, fruit, manner, victual - Strongs: H3978 (מַאֲכָל)

af2) tlkam (מאכלת MAKLT) - Knife: What is used for preparing and eating food. KJV (4): knife - Strongs: H3979 (מַאֲכֶלֶת)

bf1) elika (אכילה AKYLH) - Food: KJV (1): meat - Strongs: H396 (אֲכִילָה)

gm) lkfa (אוכל AWKL) - Food: KJV (44): meat, food, eating, victuals, prey - Strongs: H400 (אֹכֶל)

acf2) tlfkam (מאכולת MAKWLT) - Fuel: Is used cooking food. KJV (2): fuel - Strongs: H3980 (מַאֲכֹלֶת)

E) alk (כלא KLA) AC: Restrain CO: Prison AB: ?: A prison or fold for restraining men or animals in the sense of whole.

V) alk (כלא KLA) - Restrain: To hold back or prevent someone or something. KJV (18): (vf: Paal, Niphal, Piel) shut up, stay, refrain, withhold, keep, finish, forbid, retain - Strongs: H3607 (כָּלָא)

Nm) alk (כלא KLA) - Prison: KJV (10): prison - Strongs: H3608 (כֶּלֶא)

bm) ailk (כליא KLYA) - Prison: [df: awlk] KJV (2): prison - Strongs: H3628 (כְּלִיא)

e m ) alik (כילא KYLA) - Mixture: [Unknown connection to root] KJV (4): mingle, diverse - Strongs: H3610 (כִּלְאַיִם)

hf1) ealkm (מכלאה MKLAH) - Fold: KJV (3): fold - Strongs: H4356 (מִכְלָה)

F) lke (הכל HKL) AC: ? CO: House AB: ?: An enclosure for a resident god or king in the sense of whole.

em) lkie (היכל HYKL) - House: The house of a god (temple) or king (palace) . [Hebrew and Aramaic] KJV (93): temple, palace - Strongs: H1964 (הֵיכָל), H1965 (הֵיכַל)

G) lek (כהל KHL) AC: Able CO: ? AB: ?: One who is whole or complete is able to do or perform something.

V) lek (כהל KHL) - Able: [Aramaic only] KJV (4): (vf: Paal) able, could - Strongs: H3546 (כְּהַל)

H) elk (כלה KLH) AC: Complete CO: ? AB: ?

V) elk (כלה KLH) - Complete: To bring something to its completion. KJV (206): (vf: Paal, Pual, Piel) consume, end, finish, fail, accomplish, done, spend, determine, away, fulfill, faint, destroy, left, waste - Strongs: H3615 (כָּלָה)

Nm) elk (כלה KLH) - Failing: Something that is incomplete. KJV (1): fail - Strongs: H3616 (כָּלֶה)

hf1) elkm (מכלה MKLH) - Completion: KJV (1): perfect - Strongs: H4357 (מִכְלוֹת)

J) lfk (כול KWL) AC: Sustain CO: Food AB: ?

V) lfk (כול KWL) - Sustain: To provide what is needed to make someone or something whole or complete. KJV (37): (vf: Paal, Pilpel) contain, feed, sustain, abide, nourish, hold, receive, victual, bear, comprehend - Strongs: H3557 (כּוּל)

Nm) lfk (כול KWL) - All: KJV (120): everything, all, whosoever, nothing, yet - Strongs: H3605 (כּוֹל), H3606 (כֹּל)

af2) tlfkm (מכולת MKWLT) - Food: What sustains. KJV (1): food - Strongs: H4361 (מַכֹּלֶת)

L) lki (יכל YKL) AC: Able CO: Vessel AB: ?: One who is whole or complete is able to do or perform something.

V) lki (יכל YKL) - Able: [Hebrew and Aramaic] [df: lyky] KJV (107): (vf: Paal) can, able, prevail, may, endure, might - Strongs: H3201 (יָכוֹל), H3202 (יְכִיל)

hm ) lkim (מיכל MYKL) - Vessel: A container of holding water. KJV (1): brook - Strongs: H4323 (מִיכָל)

M) lik (כיל KYL) AC: ? CO: ? AB: Villain: One who is held in a prison.

fm) ilik (כילי KYLY) - Villain: KJV (2): churl - Strongs: H3596 (כֵּלַי)

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Jeff Brenner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
Brown-Driver-Briggs Expanded Definition
 כָּלָה noun feminine completion, complete destruction, consumption, annihilation; always this form; —

1 completion, but only as adverb, and dubious: completely, altogether Genesis 18:21 (J; read כֻּלָּם Ol Kau Buhl), Exodus 11:1 (si vera lectio)

2 complete destruction, consumption, annihilation:

a. almost always by God, especially ׳עָשָׂה כ Isaiah 10:23 (+ וְנֶחֱרָצָה), Nahum 1:8 (2accusative, si vera lectio; Buhl ZAW 1885,181 proposes בְּקָמָיו for מְקוֺמָהּ see Id HWB 12 Kau AT, Text Krit. Erläut. p. 65; see also מָקוֺם below קום), Nahum 1:9; Jeremiah 4:27; Nehemiah 9:31 (2accusative); + אֵת person = with, pregnant sense, = in dealing with (compare II. אֵת 1 d), Zephaniah 1:18 (אַךְ נִבְהָלָה׳כ), Jeremiah 5:18; Jeremiah 30:11 = Jeremiah 46:28 (אֹתְָךָ = אִתְּךָ), Ezekiel 11:13; Ezekiel 20:17 (אוֺתָם = אִתָּם); + בְּכָלגּֿוֺיִם Jeremiah 30:11; Jeremiah 46:28; without וְנֶחֱרָצָה שָׁמַעְתִּי ׃עשׂה׳כ Isaiah 28:22, ׳וְנ׳עַדכֿ Daniel 9:27 (on both compare Isaiah 10:23; Zephaniah 1:18); לְכָלָה for annihilation Ezekiel 13:13 (si vera lectio, see Co), ׳וְלֹא לְהַשְׁחִית לְכ 2 Chronicles 12:12.

b. by men, אַלֿ׳וְכ תַּעֲשׂוּ Jeremiah 5:10; בְיָדוֺ׳וְכ Daniel 11:16 and (i.e. with) annihilation in his hand.

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Gesenius' Hebrew and Chaldee Definition


(1)  to be completed, finished. (Kindred roots כָּלַל and כָּלָא q. d. abfchließen), Exodus 39:32; 1 Kings 6:38, hence to be prepared, made ready for some one by any one, Proverbs 22:8, וְשֵׁבֶט עֶבְרָתוֹ יִכְלֶה “and the rod of his anger shall be prepared;” followed by מֵעִם, מֵאֵת of pers. 1 Samuel 20:7, 1 Samuel 20:9, 25:17 Esther 7:7 also to be accomplished, fulfilled, used of a prophecy, Ezra 1:1; Daniel 12:7.

(2) to be past, gone by, of a space of time, Genesis 41:53; Isaiah 24:13, אִם־כָּלָה בָצִיר “when the vintage is ended,” 32:10 10:25. וְכָלָה זַעַם “and the indignation (period of indignation) shall be past,” 16:4.

(3) to be consumed, spent, Genesis 21:15; 1 Kings 17:16 to be wasted, to be destroyed, to perish, Jeremiah 16:4; Ezekiel 5:13; Psalms 39:11 to waste, to pine away, Lamentations 2:11, “my eyes waste away with tears.” Of frequent occurrence is the phrase כָּֽלְתָה נַפְשִׁי Psalms 84:3, כָּֽלְתָה רוּחִי Psalms 143:7, כָּלוּ עֵינַי Psalms 69:4, כִּלְיוֹתַי Job 19:27, my soul, my spirit, my eyes, my reins, pine away, or waste, for, I myself pine or languish, especially from disappointed hope. Job 11:20, 17:5 Jeremiah 14:6; Lamentations 4:17 (comp. חוּס); to vanish away, used of a cloud, Job 7:9, smoke, Psalms 37:20, time, Job 7:6; Psalms 31:11.-In fut. once תִּבְלָה 1 Kings 17:14 in the manner of verbs לא֞.

Piel כִּלָּה

(1) causat. of Kal No. 1, to complete, to finish, Genesis 2:2, 6:16 also to prepare evil for any one, Proverbs 16:30.

(2) to come to an end, i.e. to finish, followed by a gerund, to cease doing any thing, Genesis 24:15, הוּא טֶרֶם כִּלָּה לְדַבֵּר “he had not yet done speaking,” had not ceased apeaking. Genesis 43:2; Numbers 7:1; Deuteronomy 31:24, followed by מִן; Exodus 34:33; Leviticus 16:20.

(3) to consume, Isaiah 27:10, to waste (one’s strength), Isaiah 49:4 to destroy men, peoples. Genesis 41:30; Jeremiah 14:12; 2 Samuel 21:5, עַד כַּלֵּה 2 Kings 13:17, 19 2 Kings 13:19, and עַד־לְכַלֵּה 2 Chronicles 31:1, even unto destruction; to make to pine away, to cause to languish. Job 31:16; 1 Samuel 2:33; Leviticus 26:16 to cause to vanish, Psalms 78:33, 90:9.-For inf. Piel כַּלֵּה there is once כַּלֵּא, in the manner of verbs לא֞.

Pual כֻּלָּה and כָּלָּה to be completed, finished. Genesis 2:1; Psalms 72:20.

Derivatives, כָּלֶה, כָּלָה, כְּלֵי, כִּלְיָה, כִּלָּיוֹן, תַּכְלִית, תִּכְלָה, מִכְלוֹת, and the proper names כִּלְיוֹן, כְּלוּהַי.

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List of Word Forms
וְכָלָ֖ה וכלה כָ֥לָה כָּלָ֑ה כָּלָ֕ה כָּלָ֖ה כָּלָֽה׃ כָּלָה֙ כָלָ֔ה כָלָ֖ה כָלָ֜ה כָלָ֤ה כָלָ֨ה כלה כלה׃ לְכָלָ֑ה לְכָלָֽה׃ לכלה לכלה׃ Chalah kā·lāh ḵā·lāh kaLah kālāh ḵālāh lə·ḵā·lāh lechaLah ləḵālāh vechaLah wə·ḵā·lāh wəḵālāh
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