שָׁכַן Strong’s #7931 shakhan

God enlarge Japheth, And let him dwell in the tents of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant.

Genesis 9:27


The verb shakhan means “to dwell,” to stay or sit in one location for an indeterminate duration. Several nouns are derived from this verbal root including shekhen (Strongs #7933) meaning a dwelling, shakhen (Strongs #7934) meaning a dweller, and mishkhan (Strongs #4908) meaning a dwelling place and used frequently in the Hebrew Bible for the “tabernacle,” the place God dwells. Another word familiar to many, but not actually a Biblical Hebrew word, is shekhinah, the presence of God dwelling within the Temple.