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Strong's #3835 - לָבַן

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1) to be white

1a) (Hiphil)

1a1) to make white, become white, purify

1a2) to show whiteness, grow white

1b) (Hithpael) to become white, be purified (ethical)

2) (Qal) to make bricks

Greek Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 3021 ‑ λευκαίνω (lyoo‑kah'ee‑no);  
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KJV (8)
Genesis 1
Exodus 2
Psalms 1
Isaiah 1
Daniel 2
Joel 1
NAS (1)
Genesis 1
HCS (8)
Genesis 1
Exodus 2
Psalms 1
Isaiah 1
Daniel 2
Joel 1
BSB (9)
Genesis 2
Exodus 2
Psalms 1
Isaiah 1
Daniel 2
Joel 1
ESV (6)
Genesis 1
Psalms 1
Isaiah 1
Daniel 2
Joel 1
WEB (8)
Genesis 1
Exodus 2
Psalms 1
Isaiah 1
Daniel 2
Joel 1
Ancient Hebrew Lexicon Definitions

2303) nbl (לבנ LBN) AC: ? CO: White AB: ?: Something that is white. Also bricks made from white materials. [from: nb- a building material]

V) nbl (לבנ LBN) - I. White:To be white. II. Brick:To make bricks. KJV (8): (vf: Paal, Hiphil, Hitpael) white, brick, whiter - Strongs: H3835 (לָבַן)

Nm) nbl (לבנ LBN) - White: KJV (29): white - Strongs: H3836 (לָבֵן)

Nf1) enbl (לבנה LBNH) - I. Moon:As white. II. Brick:KJV (14): moon, brick, tile - Strongs: H3842 (לְבָנָה), H3843 (לְבֵנָה)

am) nblm (מלבנ MLBN) - Brick-kiln: A furnace for firing bricks. KJV (3): brickkiln - Strongs: H4404 (מַלְבֵּן)

cf1) enfbl (לבונה LBWNH) - Frankincense: As white. KJV (21): frankincense, incense - Strongs: H3828 (לְבוֹנָה)

ef1) enbil (ליבנה LYBNH) - I. Pop KJV (3): poplar, paved - Strongs: H3839 (לִבְנֶה), H3840 (לִבְנָה)

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Jeff Benner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
Brown-Driver-Briggs Expanded Definition
 [לָבֵן] verb be white (on ֵ֯ see Ba NB 166; Lag BN 33, compare 53,54infers לָבֹן ֗֗֗ from לְבֹנָה; Late Hebrew id., Pi`el Hiph`il, and derivatives; Phoenician לבן white; Arabic milk; also be white, dialect of Yemen, Maltzan ZMG xxvii, 1873,247; apparently √ of following fourteen words, but this dubious especially in case of II. III. לָבָן, לְבָנָא, לִבְנָה, II. לְבוֺנָה, I. II. לִבְנִי); —

Hiph`il Perfect 3 plural הִלְבִּינוּ Joel 1:7; Imperfect 1 singular אַלְבִּין Psalm 51:9; 3 plural יַלְבִּינוּ Isaiah 1:18; Infinitive construct וְלַלְבֵּן (= וּלְהַלְבֵּן) Daniel 11:35; —

1 make white = purify (ethical) Daniel 11:35 (no object expressed, "" צָרַף, בָּרֵר).

2 shew whiteness, grow white, of fig-tree, stripped by locusts, Joel 1:7; figurative of moral purity, ׳כַּשֶּׁלֶג יַלְב Isaiah 1:18; ׳מִשֶּׁלֶג אַלְב Psalm 51:9.

Hithpa`el Imperfect יִתְלַבְּנוּ Daniel 12:10 be purified (ethical, "" יִתְבָּֽרֲרוּ). — לָבַן, make brick, see below

[לָבַן] verb denominative make brick (as Assyrian labânu from libittu Dl HWB 370); —

Qal Imperfect 1 pluralנִלְבְּנָה Genesis 11:3 (with accusative of congnate meaning with verb); Infinitive construct לִלְבֹּן Exodus 5:7 (with accusative of congnate meaning with verb), Exodus 5:14 (absolute)

Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon, Unabridged, Electronic Database.All rights reserved. Used by permission. BibleSoft.com
Gesenius' Hebrew and Chaldee Definition


(1)  to be white, unused in Kal, see לָבָן, לְבָנָה.

(2) denom. from לְבֵנָה to make bricks, Genesis 11:3; Exodus 5:7, 14. (Arab. لَبَّنَ id.)


(1) trans. to make white, metaph. to purge, to cleanse from the filthiness of sins, Daniel 11:35.

(2) intrans. to be white (compare as to verbs of colour in Hiph., Heb. Gram. § 52, 2), Psalms 51:9; Isaiah 1:18; Joel 1:7.

Hithpael, to purge oneself [or, to be purged], Daniel 12:10.

The derivatives follow immediately, except מַלְבֵּן.

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List of Word Forms
אַלְבִּֽין׃ אלבין׃ הִלְבִּ֖ינוּ הלבינו וְיִֽתְלַבְּנ֤וּ וְלַלְבֵּ֖ן ויתלבנו וללבן יַלְבִּ֔ינוּ ילבינו לִלְבֹּ֥ן לִלְבֹּן֙ ללבן נִלְבְּנָ֣ה נלבנה ’al·bîn ’albîn alBin hil·bî·nū hilBinu hilbînū lil·bōn lilBon lilbōn nil·bə·nāh nilbeNah nilbənāh velalBen veyitlabbeNu wə·lal·bên wə·yiṯ·lab·bə·nū wəlalbên wəyiṯlabbənū yal·bî·nū yalBinu yalbînū
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