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Lexicon :: Strong's H1540 - gālâ

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Strong’s Definitions

גָּלָה gâlâh, gaw-law'; a primitive root; to denude (especially in a disgraceful sense); by implication, to exile (captives being usually stripped); figuratively, to reveal:— advertise, appear, bewray, bring, (carry, lead, go) captive (into captivity), depart, disclose, discover, exile, be gone, open, × plainly, publish, remove, reveal, × shamelessly, shew, × surely, tell, uncover.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 188x

The KJV translates Strong's H1540 in the following manner: uncover (34x), discover (29x), captive (28x), carry away (22x), reveal (16x), open (12x), captivity (11x), shew (9x), remove (6x), appear (3x), miscellaneous (18x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 188x
The KJV translates Strong's H1540 in the following manner: uncover (34x), discover (29x), captive (28x), carry away (22x), reveal (16x), open (12x), captivity (11x), shew (9x), remove (6x), appear (3x), miscellaneous (18x).
  1. to uncover, remove

    1. (Qal)

      1. to uncover

      2. to remove, depart

      3. to go into exile

    2. (Niphal)

      1. (reflexive)

        1. to uncover oneself

        2. to discover or show oneself

        3. to reveal himself (of God)

      2. (passive)

        1. to be uncovered

        2. to be disclosed, be discovered

        3. to be revealed

      3. to be removed

    3. (Piel)

      1. to uncover (nakedness)

        1. nakedness

        2. general

      2. to disclose, discover, lay bare

      3. to make known, show, reveal

    4. (Pual) to be uncovered

    5. (Hiphil) to carry away into exile, take into exile

    6. (Hophal) to be taken into exile

    7. (Hithpael)

      1. to be uncovered

      2. to reveal oneself

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
גָּלָה gâlâh, gaw-law'; a primitive root; to denude (especially in a disgraceful sense); by implication, to exile (captives being usually stripped); figuratively, to reveal:— advertise, appear, bewray, bring, (carry, lead, go) captive (into captivity), depart, disclose, discover, exile, be gone, open, × plainly, publish, remove, reveal, × shamelessly, shew, × surely, tell, uncover.
STRONGS H1540: Abbreviations
גָּלָה 189 verb uncover, remove (Late Hebrew id., compare Arabic جَاَل be or become clear, uncovered; display, reveal, declare; go forth, emigrate; compare Eth ገለወ፡ obducere, velare, & II. ገለየ፡ in derivatives (rare) Di1141; Aramaic H1541 גְּלָא, Hg reveal) —
Qal51 Perfect ג׳ etc. 1 Samuel 4:21 + (18 times in all); Imperfect יִגְלֶה 1 Samuel 20:2 + 5 times, וַיִּ֫גֶָֽל 2 Kings 17:23 + 3 times, also jussive יִ֫גֶל Job 20:28; Job 36:15; 3rd person masculine plural יִגְלוּ Amos 6:7; Imperative masculine singular גְּלֵה Ezekiel 12:3; Infinitive absolute גָּלֹה Amos 5:5 + 2 times, construct גְּלוֺת Judges 18:30; Jeremiah 1:3; Participle גּוֺלֶה 2 Kings 24:14, גֹּלֶה 1 Samuel 22:8 + 3 times, feminine גּוֺלָה Isaiah 49:21; passive גָּלוּי Esther 3:14 + 2 times, construct גְּלוּי Numbers 24:4, 16; —
1. גָּלָה אֹזֶן uncover the ear of one, i.e. reveal to him 1 Samuel 9:15; 1 Samuel 20:2, 12, 13; 1 Samuel 22:8 (twice in verse); 1 Samuel 22:17; 2 Samuel 7:27; 1 Chronicles 17:25; Ruth 4:4; Job 33:16; Job 36:10, 15; גְּלוּי עינים uncovered of eyes, having the eyes open Numbers 24:4, 16; גָּלָה סוֺד reveal a secret Amos 3:7; Proverbs 20:19; הגלוי the revealed opposed to הֶחָתוּם Jeremiah 32:11; גָּלוּי לְ disclosed, published Esther 3:14; Esther 8:13.
2. intransitive remove, depart, גלה משׂושׂ הארץ the mirth of the land is departed Isaiah 24:11; יגל יבול ביתו the increase of his house shall depart Job 20:28; גלה חציר Proverbs 27:25.
Niph. Perfect נִגְלָה 1 Samuel 3:21 + 9 times, נִגְלָתָה Isaiah 53:1, נִגְלֵתִי 1 Samuel 2:27, נִגְלוּ Genesis 35:7 + 2 times, נִגְלִינוּ 1 Samuel 14:8; Imperfect יִגָּלֶה, תִּגָּלֶה 1 Samuel 3:7 + 4 times, תִּגָּל Isaiah 47:3, יִגָּלוּ 2 Samuel 22:16 + 2 times; Imperative הִגָּלוּ Isaiah 49:9; Infinitive absolute נִגְלֹה 1 Samuel 2:27; construct נִגְלוֺת 2 Samuel 6:20, הִגָּלוֺת 2 Samuel 6:20 + 2 times; Participle plural נִגְלֹת Deuteronomy 29:28; —
1. reflexive
a. uncover oneself (one's nakedness) 2 Samuel 6:20.
b. discover or shew oneself Isaiah 49:9, אֶל 1 Samuel 14:8, 11.
c. reveal himself (of God), אֶל Genesis 35:7 (E) 1 Samuel 2:27; 1 Samuel 3:21, באזני Isaiah 22:14.
2. passive
a. be uncovered (one's nakedness), ערוה Exodus 20:26 (E) Isaiah 47:3; Ezekiel 16:36; Ezekiel 23:29, שׁולים Jeremiah 13:22.
b. be disclosed, discovered, foundations 2 Samuel 22:16 (= Psalm 18:16) Ezekiel 13:14; gates of death Job 38:17, עון Hosea 7:1, פשׁע Ezekiel 21:29, רעה Proverbs 26:26; Ezekiel 16:57.
c. be revealed כבוד י׳ Isaiah 40:5, זרוע י׳ Isaiah 53:1, דבר י׳ 1 Samuel 3:7, צדקה Isaiah 56:1; with לְ Isaiah 23:1; Daniel 10:1, הַנִּגְלֹת the things revealed Deuteronomy 29:28.
3. be removed, דּוֺרִי נִסַּע וְנִגְלָה מִנִּי my habitation is plucked up and removed from me Isaiah 38:12.
Pi.56 Perfect גִּלָּה Leviticus 20:11, גִּלִּית Isaiah 57:8, גִּלֵּיתִי Jeremiah 33:6; Imperfect יְגַלָּה Deuteronomy 23:1, תְּגַל Proverbs 25:9; Imperative גַּל Psalm 119:18, גַּלִּי Isaiah 47:2; Infinitive גַּלּוֺת Leviticus 18:6; Participle מְגַלֶּה Job 12:22; —
1. uncover,
a. nakedness (oft = contract marriage, RSLagGN 1882, 408; JPh ix. 94) Leviticus 18:6-19; Leviticus 20:11-21 (H + 23 times) Ezekiel 22:10; compare כנף אביו Deuteronomy 23:1; Deuteronomy 27:20; of exposure, as a reproach, Ezekiel 16:37; Ezekiel 23:10, compare נבלת Hosea 2:12, שׁולים Nahum 3:5; immodesty Ezekiel 23:18, מקור דמיה Leviticus 20:18 (H), תזנותיה Ezekiel 23:18; ג׳ alone Isaiah 57:8 (all subject feminine).
b. in general: feet Ruth 3:4, 7, leg Isaiah 47:2, vail Isaiah 47:2 (i.e. remove it) compare Isaiah 22:8, פני לבושׁו Job 41:5, eyes Numbers 22:31 (E) Psalm 119:18 (open them so as to see).
2. disclose, discover, lay bare, secret places Jeremiah 49:10, deep places Job 12:22, foundations Micah 1:6, blood Isaiah 26:21, iniquity Job 20:27, secret Proverbs 11:13; Proverbs 25:9, a wanderer (betray) Isaiah 16:3.
3. make known, shew, reveal, רִיב אֶל make known a cause unto Jeremiah 11:20; Jeremiah 20:12; with לְ Job 33:6; גִּלָּה צִדְקָתוֺ לעיני shew his righteousness in the eyes of Psalm 98:2; with על עון ׃עָל, על חטאת make known concerning, iniquity, sin Lamentations 2:14; Lamentations 4:22.
Pu. Perfect גֻּלְּתָה be uncovered Nahum 2:8; Participle תּוֺכַחַת מְגֻלָּה open rebuke Proverbs 27:5.
Hiph.39 Perfect הֶגְלָה 2 Kings 17:11 +, הִגְלָה 2 Kings 24:14, הֶגְלָם 1 Chronicles 8:7, הִגְלָם Jeremiah 20:4; Imperfect וַיֶּגֶל 2 Kings 17:6 + 3 times; suffix וַיַּגְלֶהָ 2 Kings 16:9, וַיַּגְלֵם 2 Kings 15:29; 1 Chronicles 5:26, יַגְלוּם 1 Chronicles 8:6: Infinitive הַגְלוֺת 1 Chronicles 5:41 + 5 times, בַּגְלוֺתוֺ Jeremiah 27:20; — carry away into exile, take into exile 2 Kings 15:29; 2 Kings 16:9; 2 Kings 17:6, 11, 26, 27, 28, 33; 2 Kings 18:11; 2 Kings 24:14, 15; 2 Kings 25:11; 1 Chronicles 5:6, 26; 1 Chronicles 5:41; 1 Chronicles 8:6, 7; 2 Chronicles 36:20; Ezra 2:1; Nehemiah 7:6; Esther 2:6; Jeremiah 20:4; Jeremiah 22:12; Jeremiah 24:1; Jeremiah 27:20; Jeremiah 29:1, 4, 7, 14; Jeremiah 39:9; Jeremiah 43:3; Jeremiah 52:15, 28, 29, 30; Lamentations 4:22; Ezekiel 39:28; Amos 1:6; Amos 5:27.
Hoph. Perfect הָגְלָה Esther 2:6; feminine הָגְלְתָה Esther 2:6, הָגְלוּ 1 Chronicles 9:1; Jeremiah 40:7, הָגְלָת Jeremiah 13:19 (twice in verse) (Ges§ 75, R. 1); Participle passive מֻגְלִים Jeremiah 40:1 carried into exile.
1. Imperfect וַיִּתְגַּל was uncovered (naked) Genesis 9:21.
2. Infinitive בְּהִתְגַּלּוֺת לִבּוֺ that his heart may reveal itself Proverbs 18:2.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


9:21; 35:7; 35:7




18:6; 18:6; 18:7; 18:8; 18:9; 18:10; 18:11; 18:12; 18:13; 18:14; 18:15; 18:16; 18:17; 18:18; 18:19; 20:11; 20:11; 20:12; 20:13; 20:14; 20:15; 20:16; 20:17; 20:18; 20:18; 20:19; 20:20; 20:21


22:31; 24:4; 24:4; 24:16; 24:16


23:1; 23:1; 27:20; 29:28; 29:28


18:30; 18:30


3:4; 3:7; 4:4

1 Samuel

2:27; 2:27; 2:27; 3:7; 3:7; 3:21; 3:21; 4:21; 4:21; 4:22; 9:15; 14:8; 14:8; 14:11; 20:2; 20:2; 20:12; 20:13; 22:8; 22:8; 22:17

2 Samuel

6:20; 6:20; 6:20; 7:27; 15:19; 22:16; 22:16

2 Kings

15:29; 15:29; 16:9; 16:9; 17:6; 17:6; 17:11; 17:11; 17:23; 17:23; 17:26; 17:27; 17:28; 17:33; 18:11; 24:14; 24:14; 24:14; 24:14; 24:15; 25:11; 25:21

1 Chronicles

5:6; 5:26; 5:26; 8:6; 8:6; 8:7; 8:7; 9:1; 17:25

2 Chronicles







2:6; 2:6; 2:6; 3:14; 3:14; 8:13


12:22; 12:22; 20:27; 20:28; 20:28; 33:6; 33:16; 36:10; 36:15; 36:15; 38:17; 41:5


18:16; 98:2; 119:18; 119:18


11:13; 18:2; 20:19; 25:9; 25:9; 26:26; 27:5; 27:25


5:13; 16:3; 22:8; 22:14; 23:1; 24:11; 26:21; 38:12; 40:5; 47:2; 47:2; 47:2; 47:3; 47:3; 49:9; 49:9; 49:21; 49:21; 53:1; 53:1; 56:1; 57:8; 57:8


1:3; 1:3; 11:20; 13:19; 13:22; 20:4; 20:4; 20:12; 22:12; 24:1; 27:20; 27:20; 29:1; 29:4; 29:7; 29:14; 32:11; 33:6; 39:9; 40:1; 40:7; 43:3; 49:10; 52:15; 52:27; 52:28; 52:29; 52:30


1:3; 2:14; 4:22; 4:22


12:3; 12:3; 13:14; 16:36; 16:37; 16:57; 21:29; 22:10; 23:10; 23:18; 23:18; 23:29; 39:23; 39:28




2:12; 7:1; 10:5


1:5; 1:6; 3:7; 5:5; 5:5; 5:27; 6:7; 6:7; 6:7; 7:11; 7:17


1:6; 1:16


2:8; 3:5

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H1540 matches the Hebrew גָּלָה (gālâ),
which occurs 186 times in 167 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 4 (Gen 9:21–2Sa 22:16)

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:21 - And he drank of the wine, and was drunken, and he uncovered himself in his tent.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:7 - And he built there an altar, and called the place El-beth-el; because there God had appeared to him when he fled from the face of his brother.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 20:26 - Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:6 - No one shall approach to any that is his near relation, to uncover his nakedness: I am Jehovah.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:7 - The nakedness of thy father, and the nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover: she is thy mother: thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:8 - The nakedness of thy father's wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father's nakedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:9 - The nakedness of thy sister, the daughter of thy father, or daughter of thy mother, born at home, or born abroad -- their nakedness shalt thou not uncover.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:10 - The nakedness of thy son's daughter, or of thy daughter's daughter -- their nakedness shalt thou not uncover; for theirs is thy nakedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:11 - The nakedness of thy father's wife's daughter, begotten of thy father: she is thy sister: thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:12 - The nakedness of thy father's sister shalt thou not uncover: she is thy father's near relation.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:13 - The nakedness of thy mother's sister shalt thou not uncover; for she is thy mother's near relation.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:14 - The nakedness of thy father's brother shalt thou not uncover; thou shalt not approach his wife: she is thine aunt.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:15 - The nakedness of thy daughter-in-law shalt thou not uncover: she is thy son's wife; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:16 - The nakedness of thy brother's wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy brother's nakedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:17 - The nakedness of a woman and her daughter shalt thou not uncover; thou shalt not take her son's daughter, nor her daughter's daughter, to uncover her nakedness: they are her near relations: it is wickedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:18 - And thou shalt not take a wife to her sister, to vex her, to uncover her nakedness beside her, during her life.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:19 - And thou shalt not approach a woman in the separation of her uncleanness to uncover her nakedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 20:11 - And a man that lieth with his father's wife hath uncovered his father's nakedness: both of them shall certainly be put to death; their blood is upon them.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 20:17 - And if a man take his sister, his father's daughter, or his mother's daughter, and see her nakedness, and she see his nakedness, that is a disgrace; and they shall be cut off before the eyes of the children of their people: he hath uncovered his sister's nakedness; he shall bear his iniquity.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 20:18 - And if a man shall lie with a woman in her infirmity, and uncover her nakedness, her flux doth he lay bare, and she hath uncovered the fountain of her blood; and both of them shall be cut off from among their people.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 20:19 - And the nakedness of thy mother's sister, and of thy father's sister shalt thou not uncover; for he hath laid naked his near relation: they shall bear their iniquity.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 20:20 - And if a man lie with his aunt, he hath uncovered his uncle's nakedness: their sin shall they bear: they shall die childless.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 20:21 - And if a man take his brother's wife, it is an unclean thing: he hath uncovered his brother's nakedness: they shall be childless.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 22:31 - Then Jehovah opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the Angel of Jehovah standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand; and he bowed and prostrated himself on his face.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:4 - He saith, who heareth the words of God, who seeth the vision of the Almighty, who falleth down, and who hath his eyes open:
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:16 - He saith, who heareth the words of God, who knoweth the knowledge of the Most High, Who seeth the vision of the Almighty, who falleth down, and who hath his eyes open:
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:30 - A man shall not take his father's wife, nor uncover his father's skirt.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 27:20 - Cursed be he that lieth with his father's wife; for he uncovereth his father's skirt! And all the people shall say, Amen.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 29:29 - The hidden things belong to Jehovah our God; but the revealed ones are ours and our children's for ever, to do all the words of this law.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 18:30 - And the children of Dan set up the graven image; and Jehonathan, the son of Gershom, the son of Moses; he and his sons were priests to the tribe of Dan until the day of the captivity of the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxRth 3:4 - And it shall be, when he lies down, that thou shalt mark the place where he shall have lain down, and thou shalt go in, and uncover his feet, and lay thyself down; and he will shew thee what thou shalt do.
Unchecked Copy BoxRth 3:7 - And Boaz ate and drank, and his heart was merry, and he went to lie down at the end of the heap of corn. Then she went softly, and uncovered his feet, and laid herself down.
Unchecked Copy BoxRth 4:4 - And I thought I would apprise thee of it and say, Buy it in the presence of the inhabitants, and in the presence of the elders of my people. If thou wilt redeem it, redeem; but if thou wilt not redeem, tell me, that I may know; for there is none to redeem besides thee; and I am after thee. And he said, I will redeem it.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:27 - And there came a man of God to Eli and said to him, Thus saith Jehovah: Did I plainly reveal myself to the house of thy father when they were in Egypt, in Pharaoh's house,
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:7 - Now Samuel did not yet know Jehovah, neither had the word of Jehovah yet been revealed to him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:21 - And Jehovah appeared again at Shiloh; for Jehovah revealed himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the word of Jehovah.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 4:21 - And she named the child Ichabod, saying, The glory is departed from Israel; because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father-in-law and her husband.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 4:22 - And she said, The glory is departed from Israel, for the ark of God is taken.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 9:15 - Now Jehovah had apprised Samuel one day before Saul came, saying,
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:8 - Then said Jonathan, Behold, we will pass over to the men, and we will shew ourselves to them.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:11 - And both of them shewed themselves to the garrison of the Philistines; and the Philistines said, Behold, the Hebrews come forth out of the holes where they had hid themselves.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 20:2 - And he said to him, God forbid; thou shalt not die: behold, my father will do nothing either great or small, and not apprise me; and why should my father hide this thing from me? it is not so.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 20:12 - And Jonathan said to David, Jehovah, God of Israel, when I sound my father about this time to-morrow, or the next day, and behold, there be good toward David, and I then send not to thee, and apprise thee of it,
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 20:13 - Jehovah do so and much more to Jonathan. Should it please my father to do thee evil, then I will apprise thee of it, and send thee away, that thou mayest go in peace; and Jehovah be with thee, as he has been with my father.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:8 - that all of you have conspired against me, and there is none that informs me when my son has made a covenant with the son of Jesse; and there is none of you that is sorry for me, or informs me that my son has stirred up my servant as a lier-in-wait against me, as at this day?
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:17 - And the king said to the couriers that stood about him, Turn and put the priests of Jehovah to death; because their hand also is with David, and because they knew when he fled, and did not inform me. But the servants of the king were not willing to put forth their hand to fall on the priests of Jehovah.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 6:20 - And David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How honourable did the king of Israel make himself to-day, who uncovered himself to-day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the lewd fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 7:27 - For thou, Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee a house; therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 15:19 - And the king said to Ittai the Gittite, Why dost thou also go with us? return to thy place, and abide with the king; for thou art a foreigner, and besides, thou hast emigrated to the place where thou dwellest.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:16 - And the beds of the sea were seen, The foundations of the world were uncovered At the rebuke of Jehovah, At the blast of the breath of his nostrils.

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