International Standard Bible EncyclopediaLEFT
left (sama'l, "to go to the left," "to turn to the left," semo'l, "the left hand," sema'li, "belonging to the left," "situated on the left"; aristeros, and euphemistically euonumos, literally, "having a good name," "of good omen"): The words are chiefly used in orientation with or without the addition of the word "hand." So Abraham says to Lot: "If thou wilt take the left hand (semo'l), then I will go to the right; or if thou take the right hand, then I will go to the left (sama'l)" (Genesis 13:9). Frequently in Hebrew idiom the right hand and the left are mentioned together in order to express the idea "everywhere," "anywhere," "altogether" (Genesis 24:49 Exodus 14:22, 29 Numbers 22:26 Deuteronomy 2:27; Deuteronomy 5:32 2 Corinthians 6:7). In the geographical sense the left is synonymous with north (Genesis 14:15 Joshua 19:27 Ezekiel 16:46 Acts 21:3). While the left hand is considered as weaker than the right (see LEFTHANDED), it is the hand which holds the bow (Ezekiel 39:3). The left hand is the side from which bad omens come, and therefore less lucky and less honored than the right hand (see HAND, note).
H. L. E. Luering
Easton's Bible Dictionary
Among the Hebrews, denoted the north (Job 23:9; Genesis 14:15), the face of the person being supposed to be toward the east.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (imp. & p. p.
) of Leave
2. (imp. & p. p.) of Leave.
3. (a.) of or pertaining to that side of the body in man on which the muscular action of the limbs is usually weaker than on the other side; -- opposed to right, when used in reference to a part of the body; as, the left hand, or arm; the left ear. Also said of the corresponding side of the lower animals.
4. (n.) That part of surrounding space toward which the left side of one's body is turned; as, the house is on the left when you face North.
5. (n.) Those members of a legislative assembly (as in France) who are in the opposition; the advanced republicans and extreme radicals. They have their seats at the left-hand side of the presiding officer. See Center, and Right.
Strong's Hebrew8042. semali -- left, on the left...
<< 8041, 8042. semali. 8043 >>. left
, on the left
. Transliteration: semali
Phonetic Spelling: (sem-aw-lee') Short Definition: left
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8040. semovl -- the left
semovl or semol. << 8039, 8040. semovl or semol. 8041 >>. the left. Transliteration:
semovl or semol Phonetic Spelling: (sem-ole') Short Definition: left. ...
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7604. shaar -- to remain, be left over
... << 7603, 7604. shaar. 7605 >>. to remain, be left over. Transliteration: shaar Phonetic
Spelling: (shaw-ar') Short Definition: left. Word Origin a prim. ...
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8041. simel -- to take the left
... << 8040, 8041. simel. 8042 >>. to take the left. Transliteration: simel Phonetic
Spelling: (saw-mal') Short Definition: left. Word Origin ...
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3498. yathar -- to remain over
... << 3497, 3498. yathar. 3499 >>. to remain over. Transliteration: yathar Phonetic
Spelling: (yaw-thar') Short Definition: left. Word Origin a prim. ...
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5800a. azab -- to leave, forsake, loose
... 16), free (5), full* (1), give...vent (1), ignores (1), leave (26), leave them undone
(1), leave your behind (1), leaves (2), leaving (1), left (22), left me ...
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334. itter -- shut up, bound
... << 333, 334. itter. 335 >>. shut up, bound. Transliteration: itter Phonetic Spelling:
(it-tare') Short Definition: left-handed. ... left-handed. ...
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8300. sarid -- a survivor
... Word Origin from sarad Definition a survivor NASB Word Usage left (1), remains
(1), remnant (2), survived (1), survivor (13), survivors (8), who survived (2). ...
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3225. yamin -- right hand
... Word Origin from an unused word Definition right hand NASB Word Usage left-handed*
(2), right (49), right hand (75), right side (8), south (4), southward (1). ...
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3027. yad -- hand
... helpless* (1), herself (1), himself (1), hold* (1), human agency (1), idle* (1),
influence (1), jaws (1), labor (1), large* (2), leadership (1), left-handed* (2 ...
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