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Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #6643 - צְבִי
1) beauty, glory, honour
1a) beauty, decoration
2) roebuck, gazelle
2a) perhaps an extinct animal, exact meaning unknown
1393) by (תסב TsB) AC: Stand CO: Wall AB: ?: The pictograph y is a picture of a man on his side, the b is a picture of a tent. Combined these mean "side of the tent". The walls of the tent enclose what is inside. The tent walls stand firm and strong, protecting it from the harsh elements. As the family swells in size, the tent walls are enlarged.
fm) iby (תסבי TsBY) - I. Gazelle:An animal of a herd as an army. II. Beauty:The beauty and grace of the gazelle. KJV (32): roe, roebuck, glory, glorious, beautiful, beauty, goodly, pleasant - Strongs: H6643 (צְבִי)
V) aby (תסבא TsBA) - I. Muster:To gather for service, work or war. [Hebrew and Aramaic] II. Will:Ones desires. [Aramaic only] KJV (23): (vf: Paal, Hiphil) fight, assemble, muster, war, perform, wait, will - Strongs: H6633 (צָבָא), H6634 (צְבָה)
Jeff Benner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
צְבִי m., in pause צֶבִי (from the root צָבָה No. 2).
(1) splendour, glory, Isaiah 4:2, 24:16 28:1, Isaiah 28:4, Isaiah 28:5. צְבִי מַמְלָכוֹ the glory of kingdoms, used of Babylonia, Isaiah 13:19. אֶרֶץ הַצְּבִי the glorious, or beautiful land, Daniel 11:16, 41 Daniel 11:41 and simply צְבִי 8:9 (and very often in the rabbins), of the land of Israel, compare Ezekiel 20:6, 15 Ezekiel 20:15, 26:12 Jerem. 3:19 and Daniel 11:45, הַר צְבִי קֹרֶשׁ “the mountain of holy beauty,” used of Mount Zion.
(2) a gazelle, so called from the beauty of its form (Arab. ظَبْىُ, Aram. טַבְיָא), 1 Kings 5:3; Isaiah 13:14; Proverbs 6:5. See Bochart, Hieroz. t. i. p. 924, seq.; 895, seq.; and the note of Rosenm. t. ii. p. 304, ed. Lips. The Hebrews, like the Arabs, so much admired the beauty of the gazelle, that they compared to them whatever is handsome and beautiful (Song of Solomon 2:9, 4:5 7:4, comp. Proverbs 5:19), and even swore by them, as Song of Solomon 2:7, 3:5, “I adjure you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles, by the hinds of the field,” compare Arab. لا بظبى “nay, by the gazelles!” (do not so and so), like the Germ. ben Leibe nicht. Pl. צְבָיִם, צְבָיִים 2 Samuel 2:18 צְבָאִים 1 Chronicles 12:8 and צְבָאוֹ Song of Solomon 2:7, 3:5.
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