Word Summary
cheleb: fat
Original Word: חֶלֶב
Transliteration: cheleb
Phonetic Spelling: (kheh'-leb)
Part of Speech: Noun Masculine
Short Definition: fat
Meaning: fat, richest, choice part
Strong's Concordance
best, fatness, finest, grease, marrow

Or cheleb {khay'-leb}; from an unused root meaning to be fat; fat, whether literally or figuratively; hence, the richest or choice part -- X best, fat(-ness), X finest, grease, marrow.


H2459. cheleb

I. חֵ֫לֶבnoun masculineExodus 29:13 fat (Late Hebrew id., fat, so Phoenician חלב‎ (probably); Aramaic (also diaphragm in Lexicons, see PS1274) originally diaphragm, midriff; Arabic , including midriff-fat, RSSemitic i. 360); — ׳ח‎ absolute Leviticus 3:16 40t.; construct Genesis 45:18 21t.; suffix חֶלְבּוֺLeviticus 3:9 6t.; חֶלְבָּהּ4:31, 35, חֶלְבָּםNumbers 18:17, חֶלְבָּ֫מוֺPsalm 17:10, חֶלְבְּהֶ֫ןLeviticus 8:16, 25 (read plural noun חלביהן‎ Samaritan Di); plural הַחֲלָבִים8:26 7t.; construct חֶלְבֵי6:5 4t.; suffix חֶלְבֵהֶןGenesis 4:4 (חלביהן‎ Samaritan Di, compare Leviticus 8:16, 25 above); —

1 fat of human body Judges 3:22 (covering intestines); גִּבּוֺרִים׳ח2 Samuel 1:22 as smearing warrior's shield; of grossness of wicked בְּחֶלְבּוֺ מָּנָיו כִּסָּהJob 15:27; fat (of midriff) figurative of unreceptive heart ׳ח סָֽגְרוּPsalm 17:10, see also 73:7 (read עֲוֺנָמוֺ מֵחֵלֶב‎ for ᵑ6 ᵐ5 עֵינֵמוֺ מחלב‎ Hi Ew Ol De Che Bae and others); לִבָּם כַּח ׳טָפַשׁ119:70 i.e. their heart is as unresponsive as the midriff-fat near it.

2 fat of beasts:

a. as rich food (poetry) Deuteronomy 32:14 and in simile Psalm 63:6 ("" דֶּשֶׁן‎); so ᵑ0Ezekiel 34:3 (but read הֶחָלָב‎, see חָלָב‎), 39:19 (ᵑ6‎ Co בשׂר‎).

b. especially as offered in sacrifice, singular, to ׳יExodus 23:18 (JE), 1 Samuel 2:15-16, Exodus 29:13 (twice in verse); 29:22 (3 t. in verse); Leviticus 3:3 (twice in verse); 3:4, 9 (3 t. in verse); 3:10, 14 (twice in verse); 3:15 23t. Leviticus; Numbers 18:17 (all P), Leviticus 17:6 (H), 1 Samuel 15:22; Isaiah 1:11; 43:24; Ezekiel 44:7, 15; see Isaiah 34:6 (twice in verse); 34:7 of fat of Edomites slaughtered by ׳י‎'s sword (under figure of lambs, rams, and bulls); as eaten by (strange) gods Deuteronomy 32:38 (poetry), not to be eaten by men Leviticus 3:17; 7:23-24, (twice in verse); 7:25 (all P); also plural, fat parts or pieces Genesis 4:4 (J) Leviticus 6:5 8t. Leviticus; 1 Kings 8:64 (twice in verse); 2 Chronicles 7:7 (twice in verse); 29:35; 35:14.

3 choicest, best part of products of land Genesis 45:18 (E), specifically of oil Numbers 18:12 and wine 18:12; of corn and oil 18:29; 18:30; 18:32; also (poetry) ׳ח חִטָּה כִּלְיוֺתDeuteronomy 32:14 kidney-fat of wheat (i.e. the very choicest, compare Isaiah 34:6), ׳ח חִטָּה‎ Psalm 81:17, ׳ח חִטִּיםPsalm 147:14.