Word Summary
saraph: fiery serpent
Original Word: שָׂרָף
Transliteration: saraph
Phonetic Spelling: (saw-rawf')
Part of Speech: Noun Masculine
Short Definition: fiery serpent
Meaning: burning, poisonous, a saraph, symbolical creature
Strong's Concordance
fiery serpent, seraph

From saraph; burning, i.e. (figuratively) poisonous (serpent); specifically, a saraph or symbolical creature (from their copper color) -- fiery (serpent), seraph.

see HEBREW saraph


H8314. saraph

I. שָׂרָףnoun masculineIsaiah 14:29 a serpent, usually venomous (possibly from above v, from burning effect of poison); — absolute ׳שׂNumbers 21:8 (J E; on Arabic parallels see JacobArabic Dichter ii. 93, iv. 10 f.), apposition שׂ ׳נָחָשׁDeuteronomy 8:15, plural הַשְּׂרָפִים הַנְּחָשִׁיםNumbers 21:6; a flying serpent, or dragon, מְעוֺפֵף שָׂרָףIsaiah 14:29; 30:6.

II. [שָׂרָף‎] noun masculineIsaiah 6:2 plural שְׂרָפִיםseraphim (probably akin to I. ׳שׂ‎, as beings originally mythically conceived with serpents' bodies (serpent-deities, compare 14:29; 30:6), or (CheComm.) personified of lightning, compare arts. SERAPHIM, StrachanHast. DB CheEncy. Bib.; Di Marti and others compare also Egyptian guardian-griffins, called Šerref; see also כְּרוּב‎; on Assyrian Šarrapu (-bu), epithet of god Nergal, connected by DlWB with √ שָׂרַף‎, see שָׁרָב‎, ZimKAT 3. 415); — in OT. majestic beings with six wings, and human hands and voices, attendant upon ׳י6:2, 6.