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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 uncovered H1540 himself inside his tent.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:7 - He built an altar there, and called the place [fn]El-bethel, because there God had revealed H1540 Himself to him when he fled [fn]from his brother.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 20:26 - ‘And you shall not go up by steps to My altar, so that your nakedness will not be exposed H1540 on it.’
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:6 - ‘None of you shall approach any blood relative [fn]of his to uncover H1540 nakedness; I am the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:7 - ‘You shall not uncover H1540 the nakedness of your father, that is, the nakedness of your mother. She is your mother; you are not to uncover H1540 her nakedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:8 - ‘You shall not uncover H1540 the nakedness of your father’s wife; it is your father’s nakedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:9 - ‘The nakedness of your sister, either your father’s daughter or your mother’s daughter, whether born at home or born outside, their nakedness you shall not uncover. H1540
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:10 - ‘The nakedness of your son’s daughter or your daughter’s daughter, their nakedness you shall not uncover; H1540 for [fn]their nakedness is yours.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:11 - ‘The nakedness of your father’s wife’s daughter, [fn]born to your father, she is your sister, you shall not uncover H1540 her nakedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:12 - ‘You shall not uncover H1540 the nakedness of your father’s sister; she is your father’s blood relative.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:13 - ‘You shall not uncover H1540 the nakedness of your mother’s sister, for she is your mother’s blood relative.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:14 - ‘You shall not uncover H1540 the nakedness of your father’s brother; you shall not approach his wife, she is your aunt.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:15 - ‘You shall not uncover H1540 the nakedness of your daughter-in-law; she is your son’s wife, you shall not uncover H1540 her nakedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:16 - ‘You shall not uncover H1540 the nakedness of your brother’s wife; it is your brother’s nakedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:17 - ‘You shall not uncover H1540 the nakedness of a woman and of her daughter, nor shall you take her son’s daughter or her daughter’s daughter, to uncover H1540 her nakedness; they are blood relatives. It is [fn]lewdness.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:18 - ‘You shall not [fn]marry a woman in addition to [fn]her sister [fn]as a rival while she is alive, to uncover H1540 her nakedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:19 - ‘Also you shall not approach a woman to uncover H1540 her nakedness during her menstrual impurity.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 20:11 - ‘If there is a man who lies with his father’s wife, he has uncovered H1540 his father’s nakedness; both of them shall surely be put to death, their bloodguiltiness is upon them.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 20:17 - ‘If there is a man who takes his sister, his father’s daughter or his mother’s daughter, so that he sees her nakedness and she sees his nakedness, it is a disgrace; and they shall be cut off in the sight of the sons of their people. He has uncovered H1540 his sister’s nakedness; he bears his guilt.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 20:18 - ‘If there is a man who lies with a [fn]menstruous woman and uncovers H1540 her nakedness, he has laid bare her flow, and she has [fn]exposed H1540 the flow of her blood; thus both of them shall be cut off from among their people.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 20:19 - ‘You shall also not uncover H1540 the nakedness of your mother’s sister or of your father’s sister, for such a one has made naked his [fn]blood relative; they will bear their guilt.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 20:20 - ‘If there is a man who lies with his uncle’s wife he has uncovered H1540 his uncle’s nakedness; they will bear their sin. They will die childless.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 20:21 - ‘If there is a man who takes his brother’s wife, it is [fn]abhorrent; he has uncovered H1540 his brother’s nakedness. They will be childless.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 22:31 - Then the LORD opened H1540 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 [fn]all the way to the ground.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:4 - The oracle of him who hears the [fn]words of God,
Who sees the vision of [fn]the Almighty,
Falling down, yet having his eyes uncovered, H1540
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:16 - The oracle of him who hears the [fn]words of God,
And knows the knowledge of the [fn]Most High,
Who sees the vision of [fn]the Almighty,
Falling down, yet having his eyes uncovered. H1540
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:30 - [fn]A man shall not take his father’s wife so that he will not uncover H1540 his father’s skirt.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 27:20 - ‘Cursed is he who lies with his father’s wife, because he has uncovered H1540 his father’s skirt.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 29:29 - “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things H1540 revealed H1540 belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 18:30 - The sons of Dan set up for themselves the graven image; and Jonathan, the son of Gershom, the son of [fn]Manasseh, he and his sons were priests to the tribe of the Danites until the day of the captivity H1540 of the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxRth 3:4 - “It shall be when he lies down, that you shall [fn]notice the place where he lies, and you shall go and uncover H1540 his feet and lie down; then he will tell you what you shall do.”
Unchecked Copy BoxRth 3:7 - When Boaz had eaten and drunk and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain; and she came secretly, and uncovered H1540 his feet and lay down.
Unchecked Copy BoxRth 4:4 - “So I thought to [fn]inform H1540 you, saying, ‘Buy it before those who are sitting here, and before the elders of my people. If you will redeem it, redeem it; but if [fn]not, tell me that I may know; for there is no one but you to redeem it, and I am after you.’” And he said, “I will redeem it.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:27 - Then a man of God came to Eli and said to him, “Thus says the LORD, ‘Did I not indeed H1540 reveal H1540 Myself to the house of your father when they were in Egypt in bondage to Pharaoh’s house?
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:7 - Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, nor had the word of the LORD yet been revealed H1540 to him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:21 - And the LORD appeared again at Shiloh, because the LORD revealed H1540 Himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the word of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 4:21 - And she called the boy [fn]Ichabod, saying, “The glory has departed H1540 from Israel,” because the ark of God was taken and because of her father-in-law and her husband.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 4:22 - She said, “The glory has departed H1540 from Israel, for the ark of God was taken.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 9:15 - Now a day before Saul’s coming, the LORD had [fn]revealed H1540 this to Samuel saying,
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:8 - Then Jonathan said, “Behold, we will cross over to the men and reveal H1540 ourselves to them.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:11 - When both of them revealed H1540 themselves to the garrison of the Philistines, the Philistines said, “Behold, Hebrews are coming out of the holes where they have hidden themselves.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 20:2 - He said to him, “Far from it, you shall not die. Behold, my father does nothing either great or small [fn]without disclosing H1540 it to me. So why should my father hide this thing from me? It is not so!”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 20:12 - Then Jonathan said to David, “The LORD, the God of Israel, be witness! When I have sounded out my father about this time tomorrow, or the third day, behold, if there is good feeling toward David, shall I not then send to you and [fn]make H1540 it known H1540 to you?
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 20:13 - “If it please my father to do you harm, may the LORD do so to Jonathan and more also, if I do not [fn]make H1540 it known H1540 to you and send you away, that you may go in safety. And may the LORD be with you as He has been with my father.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:8 - “For all of you have conspired against me so that there is no one who [fn]discloses H1540 to me when my son makes a covenant with the son of Jesse, and there is none of you who is sorry for me or [fn]discloses H1540 to me that my son has stirred up my servant against me to lie in ambush, as it is this day.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:17 - And the king said to the [fn]guards who were attending him, “Turn around and put the priests of the LORD to death, because their hand also is with David and because they knew that he was fleeing and did not [fn]reveal H1540 it to me.” But the servants of the king were not willing to put forth their hands to [fn]attack the priests of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 6:20 - But when David returned to bless his household, Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David and said, “How the king of Israel distinguished himself today! He uncovered H1540 himself today in the eyes of his servants’ maids as one of the foolish ones shamelessly H1540 uncovers H1540 himself!”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 7:27 - “For You, O LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, have [fn]made H1540 a revelation H1540 to Your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house’; therefore Your servant has found [fn]courage to pray this prayer to You.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 15:19 - Then the king said to Ittai the Gittite, “Why will you also go with us? Return and remain with the king, for you are a foreigner and also an exile; H1540 return to your own place.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:16 - “Then the channels of the sea appeared,
The foundations of the world were [fn]laid H1540 bare H1540
By the rebuke of the LORD,
At the blast of the breath of His nostrils.

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