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Lexicon :: Strong's H1471 - gôy

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Part of Speech
masculine noun, proper masculine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
Apparently from the same root as גֵּוָה (H1465)
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Strong’s Definitions

גּוֹי gôwy, go'-ee; rarely (shortened) גֹּי gôy; apparently from the same root as H1465 (in the sense of massing); a foreign nation; hence, a Gentile; also (figuratively) a troop of animals, or a flight of locusts:—Gentile, heathen, nation, people.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 558x

The KJV translates Strong's H1471 in the following manner: nation (374x), heathen (143x), Gentiles (30x), people (11x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 558x
The KJV translates Strong's H1471 in the following manner: nation (374x), heathen (143x), Gentiles (30x), people (11x).
masculine noun
  1. nation, people

    1. nation, people

      1. usually of non-Hebrew people

      2. of descendants of Abraham

      3. of Israel

    2. of swarm of locusts, other animals (fig.)

      proper masculine noun
    3. Goyim? = "nations"

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
גּוֹי gôwy, go'-ee; rarely (shortened) גֹּי gôy; apparently from the same root as H1465 (in the sense of massing); a foreign nation; hence, a Gentile; also (figuratively) a troop of animals, or a flight of locusts:—Gentile, heathen, nation, people.
STRONGS H1471: Abbreviations
גּוֺי 561 noun masculineGenesis 12:2 nation, people (Late Hebrew id. Gentiles, Phoenician גו community, axvfg, Sabean גו id., DHMZMG 1883, 348) — ג׳ Genesis 12:2 121 times; suffix 1st person singular גּוֺיִ Zephaniah 2:9, גּוֺיֶ֑ךָ Psalm 106:5, גּוֺיֵךְ Kt Ezekiel 36:13, 14, 15 (Qr wrongly גּוֺיַיִךְ compare Co, who strike out Ezekiel 36:15); plural גּוֺיִם Genesis 10:5 410 times + Qr Genesis 25:23; Psalm 79:10 (Kt גיים) + 6 times Ezekiel (variant reading emended Co); construct גּוֺיֵי Genesis 18:18 + 8 times, גּוֺיֵ 2 Chronicles 32:13; Ezra 6:21 (compare Baer's notes); suffix גּוֺיֵהֶם Genesis 10:5, 20, 31, 32; —
1. nation, people Genesis 10:5 (twice in verse); Genesis 10:20, 31, 32 (twice in verse) (all P) +; Isaiah 2:2, 4 (twice in verse) = Micah 4:2, 3(twice in verse); Job 12:23 (twice in verse); Job 34:29; Proverbs 14:34; כֹּל גּוֺיֵי הָאָרֶץ Genesis 18:18; Genesis 22:18; Genesis 26:4 (all J); Deuteronomy 28:1.
a. specifically of descendants of Abraham, גּוֺי גָּדוֺל Genesis 12:2; compare Genesis 18:18 (both J), גּוֺיִם Genesis 17:6, הֲמוֺן גּוֺיִם Genesis 17:4, 15 (all P); of Sarah גּוֺיִם Genesis 17:16 (P); of Ishmael גּוֺי Genesis 21:13, גָּוֺי גָּדוֺל Genesis 21:18 (both E), גּוֺי גָּדוֺל Genesis 17:20 (P); of Jacob גּוֺי וּקְהַל גּוֺיִם Genesis 35:11 (P), גּוֺי גָּדוֺל Genesis 46:3 (E); of Ephraim מְלֹא הַגּ׳ Genesis 48:19 (J); of Moses גּוֺי גָּדוֺל Exodus 32:10 (J) compare Numbers 14:12 (J) Deuteronomy 9:14; of Jacob and Esau as two nations Genesis 25:23 (J).
b. definitely of Israel Exodus 19:6 (קָדוֺשׁ גּ׳) Exodus 33:13 (both J E), Deuteronomy 4:6 (הַגּוֺי הַגָּדוֺל הַזֶּה, said by heathen compare Deuteronomy 4:7; Deuteronomy 4:8) see also Deuteronomy 4:34, Deuteronomy 26:5 compare Psalm 33:12; Psalm 83:5 (said by enemies) Jeremiah 31:36; Jeremiah 33:24; Ezekiel 37:22; in narrative Joshua 3:17; Joshua 4:1; Joshua 5:8 (JE), Joshua 5:6 (D), Joshua 10:13 (in poetry, no article); of Israel and Judah as two nations Ezekiel 35:10 (said by heathen) Ezekiel 37:22; of Judah Isaiah 26:2, 15 (twice in verse); compare Isaiah 58:2; Isaiah 60:22; Micah 4:7; once my people Zephaniah 2:9 (|| עַם); thy people Psalm 106:5 (i.e. of י׳), compare also Ezekiel 36:13, 14 (read Kt); especially of Israel and (or) Judah as sinful, rebellious Deuteronomy 32:28; Judges 2:20; Isaiah 1:4; Isaiah 10:6; Jeremiah 5:9, 29; Jeremiah 7:28; Jeremiah 9:8; Jeremiah 12:17; Ezekiel 2:3 (strike out Greek Version of the LXX Co) Haggai 2:14; Malachi 3:9. — Note. This definite reference to Israel and (or) Judah is comparatively rare; in Hexateuch not P (yet see Genesis 17:4, 5, 6, 16; Genesis 35:11 P); seldom in exile & post-exile prophets; not Chronicles —
c. usually of non-Hebrew peoples Exodus 9:24; Exodus 34:10 (JE) Leviticus 25:44 (H) Numbers 14:15 (J) Deuteronomy 15:6 (twice in verse); 1 Kings 5:11; 1 Chronicles 14:17; 1 Chronicles 16:20; Isaiah 11:10, 12 + often; opposed to Israel as עם י׳ 2 Samuel 7:23; 1 Chronicles 17:21 (twice in verse) etc., see H5971 עם, compare also Numbers 23:9; note especially גְּלִיל הַגּוֺיִם Isaiah 8:23 [Isaiah 9:1] circle or district of the nations (see H1551 גָּלִיל); also חֲרשֶׁת הַגּ׳ Judges 4:2, 13, 16 Charosheth of the nations, & מֶלֶךְ גּוֺיִם לְגִלְגָּ֖ל Joshua 12:23 king of nations (peoples, tribes) belonging to Gilgal (Greek Version of the LXX Di to the district, i.e 'Galilee'); especially of these peoples as heathen: idolatrous Leviticus 8:24, 28 (P) Leviticus 20:23 (H) 1 Kings 14:24; 2 Kings 17:8, 11, 15, 26, 29 (twice in verse); 2 Chronicles 28:3; 32:13 +, Ezra 6:21; Ezekiel 5:6 +; hostile Genesis 15:14 (J) Leviticus 26:33, 38, 45 (H) Deuteronomy 4:27; Deuteronomy 9:4, 5; Deuteronomy 18:9; 1 Chronicles 16:35; Jeremiah 5:15; Ezekiel 4:13 — Jeremiah Ezekiel, etc.; in simile Ezekiel 20:32; Ezekiel 25:8; sometimes || עַם Psalm 33:10; Psalm 33:12; Isaiah 11:10; Jeremiah 6:18, see also Isaiah 2:2, 4 compare with Micah 4:1, 3.
2. figurative of swarm of locusts Joel 1:6; of all species of beasts Zephaniah 2:14.
3. גּוֺיִם Genesis 14:1, 9 probably mutilated proper name see below.

גּוֺיִם proper name, of a people Genesis 14:1, 9, in phrase תִּדְעָל מֶלֶךְ גּוֺיִם Tid`al king of Goim; probably a Babylonian (Elamitic, etc.) name corrupted; H. Rawlinson proposes Gutî a people northeast of Babylonia COT on Genesis 14:1; also KGF258and elsewhere; compare also DlPa 233 f.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


10:4; 10:5; 10:5; 10:5; 10:20; 10:20; 10:31; 10:31; 10:32; 10:32; 12:1; 12:2; 12:2; 12:2; 14:1; 14:1; 14:1; 14:9; 14:9; 15:14; 17:4; 17:4; 17:5; 17:6; 17:6; 17:15; 17:16; 17:16; 17:20; 18:18; 18:18; 18:18; 21:13; 21:18; 22:18; 25:23; 25:23; 26:4; 35:11; 35:11; 46:3; 48:19


9:24; 19:6; 32:10; 33:13; 34:10


8:24; 8:28; 20:23; 25:44; 26:33; 26:38; 26:45


14:12; 14:15; 23:9


4:6; 4:7; 4:8; 4:27; 4:34; 9:4; 9:5; 9:14; 15:6; 18:9; 26:5; 28:1; 32:28


3:17; 4:1; 5:6; 5:8; 10:13; 12:23


2:20; 4:2; 4:13; 4:16

2 Samuel


1 Kings

5:11; 14:24

2 Kings

17:8; 17:11; 17:15; 17:26; 17:29

1 Chronicles

14:17; 16:20; 16:35; 17:21

2 Chronicles

28:3; 32:13; 32:13


6:21; 6:21


12:23; 34:29


33:10; 33:12; 33:12; 79:10; 83:5; 106:5; 106:5




1:4; 2:2; 2:2; 2:4; 2:4; 9:1; 10:6; 11:10; 11:10; 11:12; 26:2; 26:15; 58:2; 60:22


5:9; 5:15; 5:29; 6:18; 7:28; 9:8; 12:17; 31:36; 33:24


2:3; 4:13; 5:6; 20:32; 25:8; 35:10; 36:13; 36:13; 36:14; 36:14; 36:15; 36:15; 37:22; 37:22




4:1; 4:2; 4:3; 4:3; 4:7


2:9; 2:9; 2:14





Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H1471 matches the Hebrew גּוֹי (gôy),
which occurs 567 times in 511 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 11 (Gen 10:5–Deu 7:22)

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 10:5 - Of these were the isles of the nations divided in their lands, every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 10:20 - These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their lands, in their nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 10:31 - These are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their tongues, in their lands, after their nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 10:32 - These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and of these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 12:2 - and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and be thou a blessing:
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 14:1 - And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of Goiim,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 14:9 - against Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of Goiim, and Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar; four kings against the five.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:14 - and also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:4 - As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be the father of a multitude of nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:5 - Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for the father of a multitude of nations have I made thee.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:6 - And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:16 - And I will bless her, and moreover I will give thee a son of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be of her.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:20 - And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:18 - seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:4 - Now Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, Lord, wilt thou slay even a righteous nation?
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:13 - And also of the son of the handmaid will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:18 - Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thy hand; for I will make him a great nation.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 22:18 - and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:23 - And Jehovah said unto her,
Two nations are in thy womb,
And two peoples shall be separated from thy bowels:
And the one people shall be stronger than the other people;
And the elder shall serve the younger.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:4 - and I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these lands; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:11 - And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 46:3 - And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation:
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 48:19 - And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it; he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: howbeit his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 9:24 - So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, very grievous, such as had not been in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 19:6 - and ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 32:10 - now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 33:13 - Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found favor in thy sight, show me now thy ways, that I may know thee, to the end that I may find favor in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 34:10 - And he said, Behold, I make a covenant: before all thy people I will do marvels, such as have not been wrought in all the earth, nor in any nation; and all the people among which thou art shall see the work of Jehovah; for it is a terrible thing that I do with thee.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 34:24 - For I will cast out nations before thee, and enlarge thy borders: neither shall any man desire thy land, when thou goest up to appear before Jehovah thy God three times in the year.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:24 - Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out from before you;
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:28 - that the land vomit not you out also, when ye defile it, as it vomited out the nation that was before you.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 20:23 - And ye shall not walk in the customs of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they did all these things, and therefore I abhorred them.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:44 - And as for thy bondmen, and thy bondmaids, whom thou shalt have; of the nations that are round about you, of them shall ye buy bondmen and bondmaids.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:33 - And you will I scatter among the nations, and I will draw out the sword after you: and your land shall be a desolation, and your cities shall be a waste.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:38 - And ye shall perish among the nations, and the land of your enemies shall eat you up.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:45 - but I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their God: I am Jehovah.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 14:12 - I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a nation greater and mightier than they.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 14:15 - Now if thou shalt kill this people as one man, then the nations which have heard the fame of thee will speak, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:9 -
For from the top of the rocks I see him,
And from the hills I behold him:
Lo, it is a people that dwelleth alone,
And shall not be reckoned among the nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:8 -
God bringeth him forth out of Egypt;
He hath as it were the strength of the wild-ox:
He shall eat up the nations his adversaries,
And shall break their bones in pieces,
And smite them through with his arrows.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:20 - And he looked on Amalek, and took up his parable, and said,
Amalek was the first of the nations;
But his latter end shall come to destruction.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:6 - Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, that shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:7 - For what great nation is there, that hath a god so nigh unto them, as Jehovah our God is whensoever we call upon him?
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:8 - And what great nation is there, that hath statutes and ordinances so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:27 - And Jehovah will scatter you among the peoples, and ye shall be left few in number among the nations, whither Jehovah shall lead you away.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:34 - Or hath God assayed to go and take him a nation from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by an outstretched arm, and by great terrors, according to all that Jehovah your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:38 - to drive out nations from before thee greater and mightier than thou, to bring thee in, to give thee their land for an inheritance, as at this day.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 7:1 - When Jehovah thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and shall cast out many nations before thee, the Hittite, and the Girgashite, and the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 7:17 - If thou shalt say in thy heart, These nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them?
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 7:22 - And Jehovah thy God will cast out those nations before thee by little and little: thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee.

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