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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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TWOT Reference: 326e

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 - From these the people of the coastlands of the nations H1471 [fn]were separated into their lands, every one according to his language, according to their families, into their nations H1471.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 10:20 - These are the sons of Ham, according to their families, according to their languages, by their lands, and by their nations H1471.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 10:31 - These are the sons of Shem, according to their families, according to their languages, by their lands, and according to their nations H1471.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 10:32 - These are the families of the sons of Noah, according to their descendants, by their nations H1471; and out of these the nations H1471 were separated on the earth after the flood.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 12:2 - And I will make you into a great nation H1471,
And I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 14:1 - And it came about in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of [fn]Goiim H1471,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 14:9 - against Chedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of [fn]Goiim H1471, Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar—four kings against five.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:14 - “But I will also judge the nation H1471 whom they will serve, and afterward they will come out with [fn]many possessions.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:4 - “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you,
And you will be the father of a multitude of nations H1471.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:5 - “No longer shall you be named [fn]Abram,
But your name shall be [fn]Abraham;
For I have made you the father of a multitude of nations H1471.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:6 - “I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations H1471 of you, and kings will come from you.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:16 - “I will bless her, and indeed I will give you a son by her. Then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations H1471; kings of peoples will [fn]come from her.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:20 - “As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I will bless him, and make him fruitful and multiply him exceedingly. He shall father twelve princes, and I will make him into a great nation H1471.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:18 - since Abraham will certainly become a great and [fn]mighty nation H1471, and in him all the nations H1471 of the earth will be blessed?
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:4 - Now Abimelech had not come near her; and he said, “Lord, will You kill a nation H1471, even though [fn]blameless?
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:13 - “And of the son of the slave woman I will make a nation H1471 also, because he is your [fn]descendant.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:18 - “Get up, lift up the boy, and hold him by [fn]the hand, for I will make a great nation H1471 of him.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 22:18 - “And in your [fn]seed all the nations H1471 of the earth shall [fn]be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:23 - And the LORD said to her,
“Two nations H1471 are in your womb;
And two peoples will be separated from your body;
And one people will be stronger than the other;
And the older will serve the younger.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:4 - “I will multiply your [fn]descendants as the stars of heaven, and will give your [fn]descendants all these lands; and by your [fn]descendants all the nations H1471 of the earth [fn]shall be blessed,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:11 - God also said to him,
“I am [fn]God Almighty;
Be fruitful and multiply;
A nation H1471 and a multitude of nations H1471 shall [fn]come from you,
And kings shall [fn]come from [fn]you.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 46:3 - Then He said, “I am God, the God of your father; do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation H1471 there.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 48:19 - But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know; he also will become a people and he also will be great. However, his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his [fn]descendants shall become [fn]a multitude of nations H1471.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 9:24 - So there was hail, and fire flashing intermittently in the midst of the hail, which was very heavy, such as had not occurred in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation H1471.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 19:6 - and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation H1471.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 32:10 - “So now leave Me alone, that My anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them; and I will make of you a great nation H1471.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 33:13 - “Now then, if I have found favor in Your sight in any way, please let me know Your ways so that I may know You, in order that I may find favor in Your sight. Consider too, that this nation H1471 is Your people.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 34:10 - Then [fn]God said, “Behold, I am going to make a covenant. Before all your people I will perform miracles which have not been [fn]produced in all the earth nor among any of the nations H1471; and all the people [fn]among whom you live will see the working of the LORD, for it is a fearful thing that I am going to perform with you.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 34:24 - “For I will [fn]drive out nations H1471 from you and enlarge your borders, and no one will covet your land when you go up three times a year to appear before the LORD your God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:24 - ‘Do not defile yourselves by any of these things; for by all these things the nations H1471 which I am driving out from you have become defiled.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:28 - so that the land will not vomit you out should you defile it, as it has vomited out the nation H1471 which was there before you.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 20:23 - ‘Furthermore, you shall not [fn]follow the customs of the nation H1471 which I am going to drive out before you, because they did all these things; therefore I have felt disgust for them.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:44 - ‘As for your male and female slaves whom you may have—you may acquire male and female slaves from the pagan nations H1471 that are around you.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:33 - ‘You, however, I will scatter among the nations H1471, and I will draw out a sword after you, as your land becomes desolate and your cities become ruins.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:38 - ‘Instead, you will perish among the nations H1471, and your enemies’ land will consume you.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:45 - ‘But I will remember for them the covenant with their ancestors, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations H1471, so that I might be their God. I am the LORD.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 14:12 - “I will strike them with [fn]plague and dispossess them, and I will make you into a nation H1471 greater and mightier than they.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 14:15 - “Now if You put this people to death [fn]all at once, then the nations H1471 who have heard of Your fame will [fn]say,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:9 - “For I see him from the top of the rocks,
And I look at him from the hills;
Behold, a people that lives in isolation,
And does not consider itself to be among the nations H1471.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:8 - “God brings him out of Egypt,
He is for him like the horns of the wild ox.
He will devour the nations H1471 who are his adversaries,
And will crush their bones,
And smash them with his arrows.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:20 - And he looked at Amalek and took up his discourse and said,
“Amalek was the first of the nations H1471,
But his end shall be [fn]destruction.”
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:6 - “So keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, ‘Surely this great nation H1471 is a wise and understanding people.’
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:7 - “For what great nation H1471 is there that has a god so near to it as is the LORD our God whenever we call on Him?
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:8 - “Or what great nation H1471 is there that has statutes and judgments as righteous as this whole Law which I am setting before you today?
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:27 - “The LORD will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations H1471 where the LORD drives you.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:34 - “Or has a god ventured to go to take for himself a nation H1471 from within another nation H1471 by trials, by signs and wonders, by war, by a mighty hand, by an outstretched arm, and by great terrors, [fn]just as the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:38 - driving out from before you nations H1471 greater and mightier than you, to bring you in and to give you their land as an inheritance, as it is today.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 7:1 - “When the LORD your God brings you into the land where you are entering to take possession of it, and He drives away many nations H1471 from before you, the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations H1471 greater and mightier than you,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 7:17 - “If you say in your heart, ‘These nations H1471 are greater than I; how can I dispossess them?’
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 7:22 - “And the LORD your God will drive away these nations H1471 from you little by little; you will not be able to put an end to them quickly, otherwise the [fn]wild animals would become too numerous for you.

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