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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 - He drank of the wine and became drunk and lay uncovered in his tent.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:7 - and there he built an altar and called the place El-bethel,[fn] because there God had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 20:26 - And you shall not go up by steps to my altar, that your nakedness be not exposed on it.’
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:6 - “None of you shall approach any one of his close relatives to uncover nakedness. I am the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:7 - You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father, which is the nakedness of your mother; she is your mother, you shall not uncover her nakedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:8 - You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father’s wife; it is your father’s nakedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:9 - You shall not uncover the nakedness of your sister, your father’s daughter or your mother’s daughter, whether brought up in the family or in another home.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:10 - You shall not uncover the nakedness of your son’s daughter or of your daughter’s daughter, for their nakedness is your own nakedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:11 - You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father’s wife’s daughter, brought up in your father’s family, since she is your sister.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:12 - You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father’s sister; she is your father’s relative.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:13 - You shall not uncover the nakedness of your mother’s sister, for she is your mother’s relative.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:14 - You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father’s brother, that is, you shall not approach his wife; she is your aunt.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:15 - You shall not uncover the nakedness of your daughter-in-law; she is your son’s wife, you shall not uncover her nakedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:16 - You shall not uncover the nakedness of your brother’s wife; it is your brother’s nakedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:17 - You shall not uncover the nakedness of a woman and of her daughter, and you shall not take her son’s daughter or her daughter’s daughter to uncover her nakedness; they are relatives; it is depravity.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:18 - And you shall not take a woman as a rival wife to her sister, uncovering her nakedness while her sister is still alive.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:19 - “You shall not approach a woman to uncover her nakedness while she is in her menstrual uncleanness.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 20:11 - If a man lies with his father’s wife, he has uncovered his father’s nakedness; both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 20:17 - “If a man takes his sister, a daughter of his father or a daughter of his mother, and sees her nakedness, and she sees his nakedness, it is a disgrace, and they shall be cut off in the sight of the children of their people. He has uncovered his sister’s nakedness, and he shall bear his iniquity.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 20:18 - If a man lies with a woman during her menstrual period and uncovers her nakedness, he has made naked her fountain, and she has uncovered the fountain of her blood. Both of them shall be cut off from among their people.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 20:19 - You shall not uncover the nakedness of your mother’s sister or of your father’s sister, for that is to make naked one’s relative; they shall bear their iniquity.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 20:20 - If a man lies with his uncle’s wife, he has uncovered his uncle’s nakedness; they shall bear their sin; they shall die childless.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 20:21 - If a man takes his brother’s wife, it is impurity.[fn] He has uncovered his brother’s nakedness; they shall be childless.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 22:31 - Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, with his drawn sword in his hand. And he bowed down and fell on his face.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:4 - the oracle of him who hears the words of God,
who sees the vision of the Almighty,
falling down with his eyes uncovered:
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:16 - the oracle of him who hears the words of God,
and knows the knowledge of the Most High,
who sees the vision of the Almighty,
falling down with his eyes uncovered:
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:30 - [fn] “A man shall not take his father’s wife, so that he does not uncover his father’s nakedness.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 27:20 - “‘Cursed be anyone who lies with his father’s wife, because he has uncovered his father’s nakedness.’[fn] And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 29:29 - “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 18:30 - And the people of Dan set up the carved image for themselves, and Jonathan the son of Gershom, son of Moses,[fn] and his sons were priests to the tribe of the Danites until the day of the captivity of the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxRth 3:4 - But when he lies down, observe the place where he lies. Then go and uncover his feet and lie down, and he will tell you what to do.”
Unchecked Copy BoxRth 3:7 - And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain. Then she came softly and uncovered his feet and lay down.
Unchecked Copy BoxRth 4:4 - So I thought I would tell you of it and say, ‘Buy it in the presence of those sitting here and in the presence of the elders of my people.’ If you will redeem it, redeem it. But if you[fn] will not, tell me, that I may know, for there is no one besides you to redeem it, and I come after you.” 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 says the LORD, ‘Did I indeed reveal myself to the house of your father when they were in Egypt subject to the house of Pharaoh?
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:7 - Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, and the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:21 - And the LORD appeared again at Shiloh, for the LORD revealed himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the word of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 4:21 - And she named the child Ichabod, saying, “The glory has departed[fn] from Israel!” because the ark of God had been captured and because of her father-in-law and her husband.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 4:22 - And she said, “The glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 9:15 - Now the day before Saul came, the LORD had revealed to Samuel:
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:8 - Then Jonathan said, “Behold, we will cross over to the men, and we will show ourselves to them.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:11 - So both of them showed themselves to the garrison of the Philistines. And the Philistines said, “Look, Hebrews are coming out of the holes where they have hidden themselves.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 20:2 - And he said to him, “Far from it! You shall not die. Behold, my father does nothing either great or small without disclosing it to me. And why should my father hide this from me? It is not so.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 20:12 - And Jonathan said to David, “The LORD, the God of Israel, be witness![fn] When I have sounded out my father, about this time tomorrow, or the third day, behold, if he is well disposed toward David, shall I not then send and disclose it to you?
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 20:13 - But should it please my father to do you harm, the LORD do so to Jonathan and more also if I do not disclose it to you and send you away, that you may go in safety. May the LORD be with you, as he has been with my father.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:8 - that all of you have conspired against me? No one discloses to me when my son makes a covenant with the son of Jesse. None of you is sorry for me or discloses to me that my son has stirred up my servant against me, to lie in wait, as at this day.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:17 - And the king said to the guard who stood about him, “Turn and kill the priests of the LORD, because their hand also is with David, and they knew that he fled and did not disclose it to me.” But the servants of the king would not put out their hand to strike the priests of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 6:20 - And David returned to bless his household. But Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David and said, “How the king of Israel honored himself today, uncovering himself today before the eyes of his servants’ female servants, as one of the vulgar fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 7:27 - For you, O LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, have made this revelation to your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house.’ Therefore your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 15:19 - Then the king said to Ittai the Gittite, “Why do you also go with us? Go back and stay with the king, for you are a foreigner and also an exile from your home.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:16 - Then the channels of the sea were seen;
the foundations of the world were laid bare,
at the rebuke of the LORD,
at the blast of the breath of his nostrils.

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