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Lexicon :: Strong's H5956 - ʿālam

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Strong’s Definitions

עָלַם ʻâlam, aw-lam'; a primitive root; to veil from sight, i.e. conceal (literally or figuratively):—× any ways, blind, dissembler, hide (self), secret (thing).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 28x

The KJV translates Strong's H5956 in the following manner: hide (22x), blind (1x), dissemblers (1x), hidden (1x), secret (1x), secret thing (1x), any ways (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 28x
The KJV translates Strong's H5956 in the following manner: hide (22x), blind (1x), dissemblers (1x), hidden (1x), secret (1x), secret thing (1x), any ways (1x).
  1. to conceal, hide, be hidden, be concealed, be secret

    1. (Qal) secret (participle)

    2. (Niphal)

      1. to be concealed

      2. concealed, dissembler (participle)

    3. (Hiphil) to conceal, hide

    4. (Hithpael) to hide oneself

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
עָלַם ʻâlam, aw-lam'; a primitive root; to veil from sight, i.e. conceal (literally or figuratively):—× any ways, blind, dissembler, hide (self), secret (thing).
STRONGS H5956: Abbreviations
† I. [עָלַם] verb conceal (Late Hebrew id., derived species); —
Qal Participle pass עֲלֻמֵנוּ Psalm 90:8 as substantive our secret, i.e. hidden sin (|| עֲוֺנֹת).
Niph. Perfect be concealed, of wisdom, 3rd person feminine singular נֶעֶלְמָה מֵעֵינֵי Job 28:21; of a fact or condition, נֶעְלַם 2 Chronicles 9:2, וְנ׳ consecutive Leviticus 5:2, 3, 4 (all with מִן person), מֵעֵינֵי וְנ׳ Leviticus 4:13; Numbers 5:13 (all P); Participle
1. נֶעְלָם concealed, with הָיָה in periphrastic conjugation 1 Kings 10:3 (מִן person); absolute כָּלנֶֿעְלָם Ecclesiastes 12:14.
2. feminine singular תְּהִי נַעֲלָמָה Nahum 3:11 mayest thou become obscured (as to the senses; figurative for swoon), but very doubtful, read perhaps נעלפה ? [Dr].
3. plural נַעֲלָמִים Psalm 26:4 those who conceal themselves, i.e. their thoughts; dissemblers (|| מְתֵי שָׁוְא).
Hiph. Perfect 3rd person masculine singular הֶעְלִים 2 Kings 4:27; 3rd person plural הֶעְלִימוּ Ezekiel 22:26; Imperfect 2nd person masculine singular תַּעְלִים Psalm 10:1,תַּעְלֵם Lamentations 3:56; 3rd person masculine plural יַעְלִימוּ Leviticus 20:4, etc.; Infinitive absolute הַעְלֵם Leviticus 20:4; Participle מַעְלִים Job 42:3; Proverbs 28:27; — conceal, hide, with מִן person 2 Kings 4:27 (|| לֹא הִגִּיד לִי); usually hide the eyes from (מִן), i.e. disregard Isaiah 1:15; Ezekiel 22:26, וגו׳ הַעְלֵם יַע׳ Leviticus 20:4, מִן omitted Proverbs 28:27; hide the eyes by (ב) a bribe 1 Samuel 12:3 (i.e. pervert justice, but see עַיִן 3d); hide (cover) the ear Lamentations 3:56 (turn a deaf ear); hide (obscure) counsel (עֵצָה) Job 42:3; לָמָה תַּע׳ Psalm 10:1 why dost thou [י׳] hide, that is, thine eyes (so most), or practise concealment (= hide thyself)?
Hithp. Perfect 2nd person masculine singular consecutive וְהִתְעַלַּמְתָּ מֵהֶם Deuteronomy 22:1, 4 and thou hide thyself completely from them (utterly neglect to aid), so Infinitive construct (מֵהֶם omitted) לְהִתְעַלֵּם Deuteronomy 22:3; so also Imperfect with מִן, תִּתְעַלַּם Psalm 55:2, תִּתְעַלָּ֑ם Isaiah 58:7; once literal יִתְעַלֶּםשָֿׁ֑לֶג Job 6:16 wherein snow hides itself.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


4:13; 5:2; 5:3; 5:4; 20:4; 20:4; 20:4




22:1; 22:3; 22:4

1 Samuel


1 Kings


2 Kings

4:27; 4:27

2 Chronicles



6:16; 28:21; 42:3; 42:3


10:1; 10:1; 26:4; 55:2; 90:8


28:27; 28:27




1:15; 58:7


3:56; 3:56


22:26; 22:26



Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H5956 matches the Hebrew עָלַם (ʿālam),
which occurs 28 times in 27 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 4:13 - ‘Now if the entire congregation of Israel does wrong unintentionally and the matter [fn]escapes H5956 the notice of the assembly, and they commit any of the [fn]things which the LORD has commanded not to be done, and they become guilty;
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 5:2 - ‘Or if a person touches any unclean thing, whether a carcass of an unclean animal, or the carcass of unclean cattle, or a carcass of unclean swarming things, though it is hidden H5956 from him and he is unclean, then he will be guilty.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 5:3 - ‘Or if he touches human uncleanness, of whatever sort his uncleanness may be with which he becomes unclean, and it is hidden H5956 from him, and then he comes to know it, he will be guilty.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 5:4 - ‘Or if a person swears thoughtlessly with his lips to do evil or to do good, in whatever matter people speak thoughtlessly with an oath, and it is hidden H5956 from him, and then he comes to know it, he will be guilty of one of these things.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 20:4 - ‘If the people of the land, however, [fn]should ever H5956 disregard H5956 that man when he gives any of his [fn]children to Molech, so as not to put him to death,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:13 - and a man has sexual relations with her and it is hidden H5956 from the eyes of her husband and she remains undiscovered, although she has defiled herself, and there is no witness against her and she has not been caught in the act,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:1 - “You shall not see your countryman’s ox or his sheep straying away, and avoid H5956 them; you shall certainly bring them back to your countryman.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:3 - “You shall also do this with his donkey, and you shall do the same with his garment, and you shall do likewise with any lost property of your countryman, which has been lost by him and you have found. You are not allowed to avoid H5956 them.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:4 - “You shall not see your countryman’s donkey or his ox fallen down on the road, and avoid H5956 them; you shall certainly help him raise them up.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 12:3 - “Here I am; testify against me before the LORD and His anointed. Whose ox have I taken, or whose donkey have I taken, or whom have I exploited? Whom have I oppressed, or from whose hand have I taken a bribe to close H5956 my eyes with it? I will return it to you.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:3 - And Solomon [fn]answered all her questions; nothing was concealed H5956 from the king which he did not explain to her.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 4:27 - But she came to the man of God at the hill and took hold of his feet. And Gehazi came up to push her away, but the man of God said, “Leave her alone, for her soul is [fn]troubled within her; and the LORD has concealed H5956 it from me and has not informed me.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 9:2 - Solomon [fn]answered all her questions; nothing was hidden H5956 from Solomon which he did not [fn]explain to her.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:16 - Which are darkened because of ice,
And into which the snow [fn]melts H5956.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:21 - “It is hidden H5956 from the eyes of every living creature,
And concealed from the birds of the sky.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 42:3 - ‘Who is this who conceals H5956 advice without knowledge?’
Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand,
Things too wonderful for me, which I do not know.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 10:1 - Why do You stand far away, LORD?
Why do You hide H5956 [fn]Yourself in times of trouble?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 26:4 - I do not sit with [fn]deceitful people,
Nor will I go with [fn]pretenders H5956.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:1 - For the music director; on stringed instruments. A [fn]Maskil of David.
Listen to my prayer, God;
And do not hide H5956 Yourself from my pleading.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 90:8 - You have placed our guilty deeds before You,
Our hidden H5956 sins in the light of Your presence.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:27 - One who gives to the poor will never lack anything,
But one who [fn]shuts H5956 his eyes will have many curses.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 12:14 - For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden H5956, whether it is good or evil.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 1:15 - “So when you spread out your hands in prayer,
I will hide H5956 My eyes from you;
Yes, even though you offer many prayers,
I will not be listening.
Your hands are [fn]covered with blood.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 58:7 - “Is it not to break your bread [fn]with the hungry
And bring the homeless poor into the house;
When you see the naked, to cover him;
And not to hide H5956 yourself from your own flesh?
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:56 - You have heard my voice,
“Do not cover H5956 Your ear from my plea for relief,
From my cry for help.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:26 - “Her priests have done violence to My Law and have profaned My holy things; they have made no distinction between the holy and the [fn]common, and they have not taught the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they have closed H5956 their eyes from My Sabbaths, and I am defiled among them.
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:11 - You too will become drunk,
You will be hidden H5956.
You too will search for a refuge from the enemy.
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