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Lexicon :: Strong's H1516 - gay'

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Part of Speech
masculine/feminine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
Probably from the same root as גֵּוָה (H1466) (abbreviated)
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TWOT Reference: 343

Strong’s Definitions

גַּיְא gayʼ, gah'-ee; or (shortened) גַּי gay; probably (by transmutation) from the same root as H1466 (abbreviated); a gorge (from its lofty sides; hence, narrow, but not a gully or winter-torrent):—valley.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 60x

The KJV translates Strong's H1516 in the following manner: valley (60x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 60x
The KJV translates Strong's H1516 in the following manner: valley (60x).
  1. valley, a steep valley, narrow gorge

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
גַּיְא gayʼ, gah'-ee; or (shortened) גַּי gay; probably (by transmutation) from the same root as H1466 (abbreviated); a gorge (from its lofty sides; hence, narrow, but not a gully or winter-torrent):—valley.
STRONGS H1516: Abbreviations
גַּיְא noun masculineIsaiah 40:4 (feminineZechariah 14:4) valley — absolute גַּיְא Numbers 21:20 + 8 times + 1 Samuel 17:52 (compare below), גָּ֑יְא 1 Chronicles 4:39, גֵּיא Zechariah 14:4, גֶּיא Isaiah 40:4, גַּי Deuteronomy 34:6 + 2 times; construct גֵּיא Isaiah 22:1 + 21 times; גֵּי Joshua 15:8 + 13 times; plural absolute גֵּאָיוֺת Ezekiel 31:12; Ezekiel 36:4, 6 + Ezekiel 7:16; Ezekiel 32:5 (strike out Co) + Ezekiel 6:3; 2 Kings 2:16 Qr (so Co Ezekiel 6:3; Kt גיאות); suffix גֵּיאוֺתֶיךָ Ezekiel 35:8; — valley Joshua 8:11 (E) Micah 1:6; 1 Samuel 17:3; 2 Kings 2:16 (opposed to הַר) Isaiah 40:4 (opposed to גִּבְעָה, הַר), Ezekiel 6:3; Ezekiel 35:8; Ezekiel 36:4, 6 (in all with גבעות אפיקים, הרים), Ezekiel 31:12 (opposed to הַר), compare Ezekiel 7:16 (strike out B Co) Ezekiel 32:5; specifically, valley in Moab, a station of Israel Numbers 21:20 (E); over against Beth-Peor Deuteronomy 3:29; Deuteronomy 4:46; Deuteronomy 34:6; a valley near גְּדוֺר 1 Chronicles 4:39; חִזָּיוֺן ג׳ Isaiah 22:1, 5 near Jerusalem; שְׁמָנִים ג׳ Isaiah 28:1, 4 valley of fatness, fertility, the valley surrounding Samaria; שַׁעַר הַגּ׳ 2 Chronicles 26:9; Nehemiah 2:13, 15; Nehemiah 3:13; apocalyptic valley Zechariah 14:4, made by cleaving Mt. of Olives, compare הרים ג׳ Zechariah 14:5; Zechariah 14:5; valley of slaughter ההרגה ג׳, a future name of valley of Hinnom Jeremiah 7:32; Jeremiah 19:6; 1 Samuel 17:52 (גַּיְא) Greek Version of the LXX reads גַּת compare We Dr; Jeremiah 2:23 of valley of Hinnom, see below; figurative Psalm 23:4 צלמות ג׳ compare צלמות; Ezekiel 39:11 הָעֹבְרִים ג׳, Co הָעֲבָרִים proper name compare below; elsewhere in combination with proper names: —
a. יִפְתַּח־אֵל ג׳ Joshua 19:14, 27 perhaps = Jotapata JosBJ iii. 7, 7; Rabbin. גופתתא RelandPal 816; — Tell Jefât RobBR iii. 107. GuérinGal. i. 476 f. compare BdPal 243.
b. הַצְּבֹעִים ג׳ 1 Samuel 13:18.
c. ־הַמֶּלַךְג׳ 2 Kings 14:7 (Kt; Qr omits article) 1 Chronicles 18:12; 2 Chronicles 25:11 = ־מֶלַךְג׳ 2 Samuel 8:13; Psalm 60:2 (title); south of Dead Sea, in or bordering on Edom; el-Ghôr RobBR ii. 109.
d. הֶחָרָשִׁים ג׳ 1 Chronicles 4:14; Nehemiah 11:35, apparently near Lod & Ono, northwest of Jerusalem, not far from the sea.
e. צְפַ֖תָֿה לְמָרֵשָׁה ג׳ 2 Chronicles 14:9 (? read צָפֹנַה, Greek Version of the LXX κατὰ βορρᾶν, to the north of M.) probably near the great plain of Judah, west of Jerusalem, toward the sea; הָעֹבְרִים ג׳ Ezekiel 39:11, east of Dead Sea (Hi Sm), Co reads הָעֲבָרִים ג׳
f. name to be changed to הֲמוֺן־גּוֺג ג׳ Ezekiel 39:11, 15. Most frequently
g. גֵּי הִנֹּם Joshua 15:8; Joshua 18:16; Nehemiah 11:30, גֵּי בֶן־הִנֹּם Joshua 15:8; Joshua 18:16; 2 Kings 23:10 Qr (Kt גי בני ה׳) 2 Chronicles 28:3; 33:6; Jeremiah 7:31, 32; Jeremiah 19:2, 6; Jeremiah 32:35; valley southwest & south of Jerusalem (RobBR ii. 273 f.), where incense was burned, and children were offered in sacrifice to 'Molech.' Others identify with the Tyropœon valley, compare RSSemitic i. 353; see further H2011 הִנֹּם, H8612 תֹּפֶת.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


21:20; 21:20


3:29; 4:46; 34:6; 34:6


8:11; 15:8; 15:8; 15:8; 18:16; 18:16; 19:14; 19:27

1 Samuel

13:18; 17:3; 17:52; 17:52

2 Samuel


2 Kings

2:16; 2:16; 14:7; 23:10

1 Chronicles

4:14; 4:39; 4:39; 18:12

2 Chronicles

14:9; 25:11; 26:9; 28:3; 33:6


2:13; 2:15; 3:13; 11:30; 11:35


23:4; 60:2


22:1; 22:1; 22:5; 28:1; 28:4; 40:4; 40:4; 40:4


2:23; 7:31; 7:32; 7:32; 19:2; 19:6; 19:6; 32:35


6:3; 6:3; 6:3; 7:16; 7:16; 31:12; 31:12; 32:5; 32:5; 35:8; 35:8; 36:4; 36:4; 36:6; 36:6; 39:11; 39:11; 39:11; 39:15




14:4; 14:4; 14:4; 14:5; 14:5

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H1516 matches the Hebrew גַּיְא (gay'),
which occurs 62 times in 54 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 2 (Num 21:20–Eze 39:11)

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:20 - and from Bamoth to the valley H1516 that is in the land of Moab, at the top of Pisgah which overlooks the [fn]wasteland.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 3:29 - “So we remained in the valley H1516 opposite Beth-peor.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:46 - across the Jordan, in the valley H1516 opposite Beth-peor, in the land of Sihon king of the Amorites who lived at Heshbon, whom Moses and the sons of Israel [fn]defeated when they came out from Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 34:6 - And He buried him in the valley H1516 in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor; but no man knows his burial place to this day.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 8:11 - Then all the people of war who were with him went up and drew near and arrived in front of the city, and camped on the north side of Ai. Now there was a valley H1516 between him and Ai.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 15:8 - Then the border went up the valley H1516 of Ben-hinnom to the slope of the Jebusite on the south (that is, Jerusalem); and the border went up to the top of the mountain which is before the valley H1516 of Hinnom to the west, which is at the end of the valley of Rephaim toward the north.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 18:16 - The border went down to the edge of the hill which is in the valley H1516 of Ben-hinnom, which is in the valley of Rephaim northward; and it went down to the valley H1516 of Hinnom, to the slope of the Jebusite southward, and went down to En-rogel.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 19:14 - The border circled around it on the north to Hannathon, and [fn]it ended at the valley H1516 of Iphtahel.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 19:27 - It turned toward the [fn]east to Beth-dagon and reached to Zebulun, and to the valley H1516 of Iphtahel northward to Beth-emek and Neiel; then it proceeded on [fn]north to Cabul,
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 13:18 - and another [fn]company turned [fn]toward Beth-horon, and another [fn]company turned [fn]toward the border which overlooks the valley H1516 of Zeboim toward the wilderness.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 17:3 - The Philistines stood on the mountain on one side while Israel stood on the mountain on the other side, with the valley H1516 between them.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 17:52 - The men of Israel and Judah arose and shouted and pursued the Philistines [fn]as far as the valley, H1516 and to the gates of Ekron. And the slain Philistines [fn]lay along the way to Shaaraim, even to Gath and Ekron.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 8:13 - So David made a name for himself when he returned from [fn]killing 18,000 [fn]Arameans in the Valley H1516 of Salt.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 2:16 - They said to him, “Behold now, there are with your servants fifty strong men, please let them go and search for your master; perhaps the Spirit of the LORD has taken him up and cast him on some mountain or into some valley.” H1516 And he said, “You shall not send.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 14:7 - He [fn]killed of Edom in the Valley H1516 of Salt 10,000 and took Sela by war, and named it Joktheel to this day.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 23:10 - He also defiled [fn]Topheth, which is in the valley H1516 of the son of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter pass through the fire for Molech.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 4:14 - Meonothai became the father of Ophrah, and Seraiah became the father of Joab the father of [fn]Ge-harashim, H1516 for they were craftsmen.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 4:39 - They went to the entrance of Gedor, even to the east side of the valley, H1516 to seek pasture for their flocks.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 18:12 - Moreover Abishai the son of Zeruiah [fn]defeated 18,000 Edomites in the Valley H1516 of Salt.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 14:10 - So Asa went out [fn]to meet him, and they drew up in battle formation in the valley H1516 of Zephathah at Mareshah.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 25:11 - Now Amaziah strengthened himself and led his people forth, and went to the Valley H1516 of Salt and struck down 10,000 of the sons of Seir.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 26:9 - Moreover, Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the Corner Gate and at the Valley H1516 Gate and at the corner buttress and fortified them.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 28:3 - Moreover, he burned incense in the valley H1516 of Ben-hinnom and burned his sons in fire, according to the abominations of the nations whom the LORD had driven out before the sons of Israel.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 33:6 - He made his sons pass through the fire in the valley H1516 of Ben-hinnom; and he practiced witchcraft, used divination, practiced sorcery and dealt with mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the sight of the LORD, provoking Him to anger.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 2:13 - So I went out at night by the Valley H1516 Gate in the direction of the Dragon’s Well and on to the [fn]Refuse Gate, inspecting the walls of Jerusalem which were broken down and its gates which were consumed by fire.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 2:15 - So I went up at night by the ravine and inspected the wall. Then I entered the Valley H1516 Gate again and returned.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 3:13 - Hanun and the inhabitants of Zanoah repaired the Valley H1516 Gate. They built it and hung its doors with its bolts and its bars, and a thousand cubits of the wall to the [fn]Refuse Gate.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 11:30 - Zanoah, Adullam, and their villages, Lachish and its fields, Azekah and its towns. So they encamped from Beersheba as far as the valley H1516 of Hinnom.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 11:35 - Lod and Ono, the valley H1516 of craftsmen.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 23:4 - Even though I walk through the [fn]valley H1516 of the shadow of death,
I fear no [fn]evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 60:1 - For the choir director; according to [fn]Shushan Eduth. A [fn]Mikhtam of David, to teach; [fn]when he struggled with Aram-naharaim and with Aram-zobah, and Joab returned, and smote twelve thousand of Edom in the Valley of Salt.
O God, You have rejected us. You have [fn]broken us;
You have been angry; O, restore us.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 22:1 - The [fn]oracle concerning the valley H1516 of vision.
What is the matter with you now, that you have all gone up to the housetops?
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 22:5 - For the Lord [fn]GOD of hosts has a day of panic, subjugation and confusion
In the valley H1516 of vision,
A breaking down of walls
And a crying [fn]to the mountain.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:1 - Woe to the proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim,
And to the fading flower of its glorious beauty,
Which is at the head of the [fn]fertile valley H1516
Of those who are [fn]overcome with wine!
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:4 - And the fading flower of its glorious beauty,
Which is at the head of the [fn]fertile valley, H1516
Will be like the first-ripe fig prior to summer,
Which [fn]one sees,
And [fn]as soon as it is in his [fn]hand,
He swallows it.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 40:4 - “Let every valley H1516 be lifted up,
And every mountain and hill be made low;
And let the rough ground become a plain,
And the rugged terrain a broad valley;
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:23 - “How can you say, ‘I am not defiled,
I have not gone after the Baals’?
Look at your way in the valley! H1516
Know what you have done!
You are a swift young camel entangling her ways,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 7:31 - “They have built the high places of Topheth, which is in the valley H1516 of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command, and it did not come into My [fn]mind.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 7:32 - “Therefore, behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when it will no longer be called Topheth, or the valley H1516 of the son of Hinnom, but the valley H1516 of the Slaughter; for they will bury in Topheth [fn]because there is no other place.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 19:2 - “Then go out to the valley H1516 of Ben-hinnom, which is by the entrance of the potsherd gate, and proclaim there the words that I tell you,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 19:6 - therefore, behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when this place will no longer be called Topheth or the valley H1516 of Ben-hinnom, but rather the valley H1516 of Slaughter.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 32:35 - “They built the high places of Baal that are in the valley H1516 of Ben-hinnom to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire to Molech, which I had not commanded them nor had it [fn]entered My mind that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 6:3 - and say, ‘Mountains of Israel, listen to the word of the Lord [fn]GOD! Thus says the Lord [fn]GOD to the mountains, the hills, the ravines and the valleys: H1516 “Behold, I Myself am going to bring a sword on you, and I will destroy your high places.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 7:16 - ‘Even when their survivors escape, they will be on the mountains like doves of the valleys, H1516 all of them [fn]mourning, each over his own iniquity.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:12 - “Alien tyrants of the nations have cut it down and left it; on the mountains and in all the valleys H1516 its branches have fallen and its boughs have been broken in all the ravines of the land. And all the peoples of the earth have gone down from its shade and left it.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 32:5 - “I will lay your flesh on the mountains
And fill the valleys H1516 with your refuse.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 35:8 - “I will fill its mountains with its slain; on your hills and in your valleys H1516 and in all your ravines those slain by the sword will [fn]fall.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 36:4 - ‘Therefore, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD. Thus says the Lord GOD to the mountains and to the hills, to the ravines and to the valleys, H1516 to the desolate wastes and to the forsaken cities which have become a prey and a derision to the rest of the nations which are round about,
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 36:6 - ‘Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel and say to the mountains and to the hills, to the ravines and to the valleys, H1516 “Thus says the Lord GOD, ‘Behold, I have spoken in My jealousy and in My wrath because you have endured the insults of the nations.’
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 39:11 - “On that day I will give Gog a burial ground there in Israel, the valley H1516 of those who pass by east of the sea, and it will block off those who would pass by. So they will bury Gog there with all his [fn]horde, and they will call it the valley H1516 of [fn]Hamon-gog.

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