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Lexicon :: Strong's H6172 - ʿervâ

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Part of Speech
feminine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
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TWOT Reference: 1692b

Strong’s Definitions

עֶרְוָה ʻervâh, er-vaw'; from H6168; nudity, literally (especially the pudenda) or figuratively (disgrace, blemish):—nakedness, shame, unclean(-ness).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 54x

The KJV translates Strong's H6172 in the following manner: nakedness (50x), nakedness (with H1320) (1x), shame (1x), unclean (1x), uncleanness (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 54x
The KJV translates Strong's H6172 in the following manner: nakedness (50x), nakedness (with H1320) (1x), shame (1x), unclean (1x), uncleanness (1x).
  1. nakedness, nudity, shame, pudenda

    1. pudenda (implying shameful exposure)

    2. nakedness of a thing, indecency, improper behaviour

    3. exposed, undefended (fig.)

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
עֶרְוָה ʻervâh, er-vaw'; from H6168; nudity, literally (especially the pudenda) or figuratively (disgrace, blemish):—nakedness, shame, unclean(-ness).
STRONGS H6172: Abbreviations
עֶרְוָה 54 noun feminine nakedness, pudenda; — absolute ע׳ Exodus 28:42; Leviticus 18:6; usually construct עֶרְוַת Genesis 9:22 +, suffix עֶרְוָֽֽֽתְךָ Exodus 20:23 (Ginsb), Leviticus 18:10; עֶרְוָתֵךְ Isaiah 47:3 +; ת֯וֺ Leviticus 20:17, תָ֯הּ Leviticus 18:7 +; suffix 3rd person feminine plural עֶרְוָתָן Leviticus 18:9; Leviticus 18:10; —
1. pudenda, of man רָאָה ע׳ implying shameful exposure Genesis 9:22, 23 (J); mostly of woman: figurative of Jerusalem (with רָאָה) Lamentations 1:3; Ezekiel 16:37; usually with ׃ נלה literal תִּגָּלֶה ע׳ i.e. be exposed to view Exodus 20:23 (Ginsb; van d. H. Exodus 20:26; E), so, as shameful punishment, figurative of Egypt Isaiah 20:4 (gloss according to Du Che Di-Kit), Babylonian Isaiah 47:3, of Jerusalem Ezekiel 16:37; Ezekiel 23:10, 29 (עֶרְוַת זְנוּנַיִךְ; all three object of active verb); chiefly euphemism for cohabitation, גִּלָּה ע׳ Leviticus 18:6 + (see גלה Pi. 1 a; figurative of Jerusalem (verb passive) Ezekiel 16:36; רָאָה ע׳ in same meaning Leviticus 20:17 (twice in verse) (H; of both sexes); ע׳ also Leviticus 18:8, 10, 16 (H); כִּסָּה ע׳ cover nakedness Genesis 9:23 (J), Exodus 28:42 (P; בְּשַׂר ע׳), Hosea 2:11 (figurative of Israel), Ezekiel 16:8 (of Jerusalem); reviling words are אִמֶּ֑ךָ לְבשֶׁת ע׳ 1 Samuel 20:30 (compare DoughtyArab. Deserta i. 269).
2. עֶרְוַת דָּבָר nakedness of a thing, i.e. probably indecency, improper behaviour Deuteronomy 23:15; Deuteronomy 24:1 (see Dr).
3. figurative הָאָרֶץ ע׳ Genesis 42:9, 12 (E), i.e. its exposed, undefended parts (Arabic bdb078901).
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


9:22; 9:22; 9:23; 9:23; 42:9; 42:12


20:23; 20:23; 20:26; 28:42; 28:42


18:6; 18:6; 18:7; 18:8; 18:9; 18:10; 18:10; 18:10; 18:16; 20:17; 20:17


23:15; 24:1

1 Samuel



20:4; 47:3; 47:3




16:8; 16:36; 16:37; 16:37; 23:10; 23:29




Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H6172 matches the Hebrew עֶרְוָה (ʿervâ),
which occurs 54 times in 40 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:22 - And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness H6172 of his father, and told his two brethren without.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:23 - And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness H6172 of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness. H6172
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:9 - And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them, and said unto them, Ye are spies; to see the nakedness H6172 of the land ye are come.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:12 - And he said unto them, Nay, but to see the nakedness H6172 of the land ye are come.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 20:26 - Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness H6172 be not discovered thereon.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:42 - And thou shalt make them linen breeches to cover their nakedness; H6172 from the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach:
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:6 - None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: H6172 I am the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:7 - The nakedness H6172 of thy father, or the nakedness H6172 of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover: she is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness. H6172
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:8 - The nakedness H6172 of thy father's wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father's nakedness. H6172
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:9 - The nakedness H6172 of thy sister, the daughter of thy father, or daughter of thy mother, whether she be born at home, or born abroad, even their nakedness H6172 thou shalt not uncover.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:10 - The nakedness H6172 of thy son's daughter, or of thy daughter's daughter, even their nakedness H6172 thou shalt not uncover: for theirs is thine own nakedness. H6172
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:11 - The nakedness H6172 of thy father's wife's daughter, begotten of thy father, she is thy sister, thou shalt not uncover her nakedness. H6172
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:12 - Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness H6172 of thy father's sister: she is thy father's near kinswoman.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:13 - Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness H6172 of thy mother's sister: for she is thy mother's near kinswoman.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:14 - Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness H6172 of thy father's brother, thou shalt not approach to his wife: she is thine aunt.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:15 - Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness H6172 of thy daughter in law: she is thy son's wife; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness. H6172
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:16 - Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness H6172 of thy brother's wife: it is thy brother's nakedness. H6172
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:17 - Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness H6172 of a woman and her daughter, neither shalt thou take her son's daughter, or her daughter's daughter, to uncover her nakedness; H6172 for they are her near kinswomen: it is wickedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:18 - Neither shalt thou take a wife to her sister, to vex her, to uncover her nakedness, H6172 beside the other in her life time.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:19 - Also thou shalt not approach unto a woman to uncover her nakedness, H6172 as long as she is put apart for her uncleanness.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 20:11 - And the man that lieth with his father's wife hath uncovered his father's nakedness: H6172 both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 20:17 - And if a man shall take his sister, his father's daughter, or his mother's daughter, and see her nakedness, H6172 and she see his nakedness; H6172 it is a wicked thing; and they shall be cut off in the sight of their people: he hath uncovered his sister's nakedness; H6172 he shall bear his iniquity.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 20:18 - And if a man shall lie with a woman having her sickness, and shall uncover her nakedness; H6172 he hath discovered her fountain, 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 thou shalt not uncover the nakedness H6172 of thy mother's sister, nor of thy father's sister: for he uncovereth his near kin: they shall bear their iniquity.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 20:20 - And if a man shall lie with his uncle's wife, he hath uncovered his uncle's nakedness: H6172 they shall bear their sin; they shall die childless.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 20:21 - And if a man shall take his brother's wife, it is an unclean thing: he hath uncovered his brother's nakedness; H6172 they shall be childless.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 23:14 - For the LORD thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy: that he see no unclean H6172 thing in thee, and turn away from thee.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 24:1 - When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness H6172 in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 20:30 - Then Saul's anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said unto him, Thou son of the perverse rebellious woman, do not I know that thou hast chosen the son of Jesse to thine own confusion, and unto the confusion of thy mother's nakedness? H6172
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 20:4 - So shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians prisoners, and the Ethiopians captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, even with their buttocks uncovered, to the shame H6172 of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 47:3 - Thy nakedness H6172 shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and I will not meet thee as a man.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 1:8 - Jerusalem hath grievously sinned; therefore she is removed: all that honoured her despise her, because they have seen her nakedness: H6172 yea, she sigheth, and turneth backward.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:8 - Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: H6172 yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou becamest mine.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:36 - Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thy filthiness was poured out, and thy nakedness H6172 discovered through thy whoredoms with thy lovers, and with all the idols of thy abominations, and by the blood of thy children, which thou didst give unto them;
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:37 - Behold, therefore I will gather all thy lovers, with whom thou hast taken pleasure, and all them that thou hast loved, with all them that thou hast hated; I will even gather them round about against thee, and will discover thy nakedness H6172 unto them, that they may see all thy nakedness. H6172
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:10 - In thee have they discovered their fathers' nakedness: H6172 in thee have they humbled her that was set apart for pollution.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:10 - These discovered her nakedness: H6172 they took her sons and her daughters, and slew her with the sword: and she became famous among women; for they had executed judgment upon her.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:18 - So she discovered her whoredoms, and discovered her nakedness: H6172 then my mind was alienated from her, like as my mind was alienated from her sister.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:29 - And they shall deal with thee hatefully, and shall take away all thy labour, and shall leave thee naked and bare: and the nakedness H6172 of thy whoredoms shall be discovered, both thy lewdness and thy whoredoms.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:9 - Therefore will I return, and take away my corn in the time thereof, and my wine in the season thereof, and will recover my wool and my flax given to cover her nakedness. H6172
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