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Hebrew: שְׂמֹאול —transliteration: semovl or semol —meaning: the left —occurrences: 54

Among the Hebrews, the left hand denoted the north, with the face of the person being assumed to be pointed toward the east (the direction of the rising sun).

And he divided his men against them by night, he and his servants, and struck them and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is north [semol = on the left] of Damascus. —Genesis 14:15 LSB

So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, nor between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are brothers. Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me; if to the left, then I will go to the right; or if to the right, then I will go to the left.” —Genesis 13:8-9 LSB

On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him: —Job 23:9 KJV

Compare a more recent translation:

When He acts on the left, I cannot behold Him;
He turns on the right, I cannot see Him. —Job 23:9 LSB

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