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Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary

Entry for Strong's #3896 - לְחִי

Word Origin
a form of (03895)
Parts of Speech
Proper Name Location
Word Definition [ Brown-Drivers-Briggs | Strong ]
Brown-Driver-Briggs' Definition

Lehi = “jaw”

1) a place in Judah which must have been in the Shephelah, near the border of the hill-country of Judah; site uncertain

1a) place is noted for being the location of Samson’s killing of 1000 men with the jawbone of an ass

Frequency Lists  [ Book | Word ]
Verse Results
KJV (3) NAS (4) HCS (4)
Judges 3
Judges 3
Judges 4
n-p 3
n-p 3
n-p 3

Brown-Driver-Briggs Expanded Definition
 II. לְחִי proper name, of a location scene of an exploit of Samson; — ׳ל Judges 15:19 (twice in verse) (ᵐ5 Σιαγων), לֶ֔חִי Judges 15:14; with article בַּלֶּחי Judges 15:9 (ᵐ5 Λευει, ᵐ5 L Λεχει), compare רָ֫מַת לֶ֑חִי Judges 15:17 = height of Lehi (explanation as from לְחִי jawbone, compare GFM, ᵐ5 Ἀναίρεσις σιαγόνος also 2 Samuel 23:11, where read לֶחְיָה to Lehi, for לַחַיָּה, see II. חַיָּה, p. 2 Samuel 31:2 above; (ᵐ5 θηρία; ᵐ5 L σιαγόνα). It must have lain in the Shephelah, near the border of the hill-country of Judah (Buhl Geogr. 91); site unknown; conjectures are cited and criticized by GFM Judges 15,19q. see

לחח (√ of following; compare Ethiopic . II. I. moisten, cool; be moistened Di Lex. 30; Late Hebrew לִחְלַח Pilpal moisten thoroughly, Aramaic לַחְלַח id., Late Hebrew לַח moist, fresh; לֵיחָה moisture, freshness, etc.)

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Gesenius' Hebrew and Chaldee Definition

לְחִי f. in pause לֶ֑חִי; with suff. לֶחֱיוֹ; dual לְחָיַיִם, const. לְחָיִיִ Isaiah 30:28 with suff. לְחָיֶיךָ Ezekiel 29:4 but לְחֵיהֶם Hosea 11:4.

(1) the cheek, so called as being the seat of beauty [“from its fresh colour”]; see the root לָחָה. הִכָּה פ׳ עַל לְחִי and הִכָּה לְחָיִיִ פ׳ to smite any one on the cheek, implies castigation or insult, Mic. 4:14 1 Kings 22:24; Job 16:10 compare Isaiah 50:6; Lamentations 3:30.

(2) jaw-bone, -Judges 15:1517 ; Job 40:26 Psalms 3:8, הִכִּיתָ אֶת־כָּל־אֹיְבַי לְחִי “thou hast broken the jawbone of all my enemies:” an image taken from beasts of prey, which, when their jaw is broken and their teeth extracted, can no longer do harm. Arab. لَحْىُ id., لَحْيَةُ beard.

(3) [Lehi], pr.n. of a place on the borders of the Philistæa, Judges 15:9, 14:19 fully called רָמַת לְחִי the high place, or hill, of the jaw-bone, prob. so called from the series of abrupt rocks, (as single rocks are called teeth, see שֵׁן ; a jaw is found as the name of a mountainous place in the Chaldee pr.n. לְחַיַּת מוֹאָב for Hebr. עָר מוֹאָב, Mich. Suppl. p. 1453); the writer himself [who as being inspired is to be implicitly believed] refers it to the casting away of the jaw-bone, as if it were written רְמַת לְחִי (from the root רָמָה to throw).

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List of Word Forms
בַּלֶּ֔חִי בַּלֶּֽחִי׃ בלחי בלחי׃ לֶ֔חִי לחי bal·le·ḥî balLechi balleḥî le·ḥî Lechi leḥî
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