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Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #5553 - סֶלַע
Jeff Benner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
(1) a rock, Judges 15:8, 11 Judges 15:11; 1 Samuel 23:25, etc. Metaph. God is called any one’s rock, i.e. his refuge, where he is safe from foes, Psalms 18:3, 31:4 42:10.
(2) [Selah, Sela], pr.n. Petra, the chief city of the Edomites, situated between the Dead Sea and the Ælanitic gulf, in a valley surrounded with lofty rocks, so that a very great part of the abodes were excavated in the rock. It is written with the art. הַסֶּלַע Judges 1:36; 2 Kings 14:7 poet. without it, Isaiah 16:1. See Relandi Palæstina, p. 926-951. The ruins of the ancient city still exist, called وادى موسى (the valley of Moses); see my Comm. on Isaiah, loc. cit., and Burckhardt’s Travels in Syria, etc. p. 703, seq. ed. Germ.
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