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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 - 'And if the whole company of Israel err ignorantly, and the thing hath been hidden from the eyes of the assembly, and they have done something against one of all the commands of Jehovah concerning things which are not to be done, and have been guilty;
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 5:2 - 'Or when a person cometh against any thing unclean, or against a carcase of an unclean beast, or against a carcase of unclean cattle, or against a carcase of an unclean teeming creature, and it hath been hidden from him, and he unclean, and guilty;
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 5:3 - 'Or when he cometh against uncleanness of man, even any of his uncleanness whereby he is unclean, and it hath been hidden from him, and he hath known, and hath been guilty:
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 5:4 - 'Or when a person sweareth, speaking wrongfully with the lips to do evil, or to do good, even anything which man speaketh wrongfully with an oath, and it hath been hid from him; -- when he hath known then he hath been guilty of one of these;
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 20:4 - 'And if the people of the land really hide their eyes from that man, in his giving of his seed to the Molech, so as not to put him to death,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:13 - and a man hath lain with her with the seed of copulation, and it hath been hid from the eyes of her husband, and concealed, and she hath been defiled, and there is no witness against her, and she hath not been caught,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:1 - 'Thou dost not see the ox of thy brother or his sheep driven away, and hast hidden thyself from them, thou dost certainly turn them back to thy brother;
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:3 - and so thou dost to his ass, and so thou dost to his garment, and so thou dost to any lost thing of thy brother's, which is lost by him, and thou hast found it; thou art not able to hide thyself.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:4 - 'Thou dost not see the ass of thy brother, or his ox, falling in the way, and hast hid thyself from them; thou dost certainly raise them up with him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 12:3 - 'Lo, here am I; testify against me, over-against Jehovah, and over-against His anointed; whose ox have I taken, and whose ass have I taken, and whom have I oppressed; whom have I bruised, and of whose hand have I taken a ransom, and hide mine eyes with it? -- and I restore to you.'
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:3 - And Solomon declareth to her all her matters -- there hath not been a thing hid from the king that he hath not declared to her.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 4:27 - And she cometh in unto the man of God, unto the hill, and layeth hold on his feet, and Gehazi cometh nigh to thrust her away, and the man of God saith, 'Let her alone, for her soul is bitter to her, and Jehovah hath hidden it from me, and hath not declared it to me.'
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 9:2 - and Solomon declareth to her all her matters, and there hath not been hid a thing from Solomon that he hath not declared to her.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:16 - That are black because of ice, By them doth snow hide itself.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:21 - It hath been hid from the eyes of all living. And from the fowl of the heavens It hath been hidden.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 42:3 - 'Who is this, hiding counsel without knowledge?' Therefore, I have declared, and understand not, Too wonderful for me, and I know not.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 10:1 - Why, Jehovah, dost Thou stand at a distance? Thou dost hide in times of adversity,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 26:4 - I have not sat with vain men, And with dissemblers I enter not.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:1 - To the Overseer with stringed instruments. -- An instruction, by David. Give ear, O God, to my prayer, And hide not from my supplication.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 90:8 - Thou hast set our iniquities before Thee, Our hidden things at the light of Thy face,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:27 - Whoso is giving to the poor hath no lack, And whoso is hiding his eyes multiplied curses.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 12:14 - For every work doth God bring into judgment, with every hidden thing, whether good or bad.'
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 1:15 - And in your spreading forth your hands, I hide mine eyes from you, Also when ye increase prayer, I do not hear, Your hands of blood have been full.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 58:7 - Is it not to deal to the hungry thy bread, And the mourning poor bring home, That thou seest the naked and cover him, And from thine own flesh hide not thyself?
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:56 - My voice Thou hast heard, Hide not Thine ear at my breathing -- at my cry.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:26 - Its priests have wronged My law, And they pollute My holy things, Between holy and common they have not made separation, And between the unclean and the clean they have not made known, And from my sabbaths they have hidden their eyes, And I am pierced in their midst.
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:11 - Even thou art drunken, thou art hidden, Even thou dost seek a strong place, because of an enemy.
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