Word Summary
ervah: nakedness
Original Word: עֶרְוָה
Transliteration: ervah
Phonetic Spelling: (er-vaw')
Part of Speech: Noun Feminine
Short Definition: nakedness
Meaning: nakedness
Strong's Concordance
nakedness, shame, uncleanness

From arah; nudity, literally (especially the pudenda) or figuratively (disgrace, blemish) -- nakedness, shame, unclean(-ness).

see HEBREW arah


H6172. ervah

עֶרְוָה54 noun feminine nakedness, pudenda; — absolute ׳עExodus 28:42; Leviticus 18:6; usually construct עֶרְוַתGenesis 9:22 +, suffix עֶרְוָתְךָExodus 20:23 (Ginsb), Leviticus 18:10; עֶרְוָתֵךְIsaiah 47:3 +; ת֯וֺLeviticus 20:17, תָ֯הּ18:7 +; suffix 3 feminine plural עֶרְוָתָן18:9; 18:10; —

1 pudenda, of man ע ׳רָאָה‎ 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 ע ׳תִּגָּלֶה‎ i.e. be exposed to view Exodus 20:23 (Ginsb; van d. H. 20:26; E), so, as shameful punishment, figurative of Egypt Isaiah 20:4 (gloss according to Du Che Di-Kit), Babylonian 47:3, of Jerusalem Ezekiel 16:37; 23:10, 29 (זְנוּנַיִךְ עֶרְוַת‎; all three object of active verb); chiefly euphemism for cohabitation, ע ׳גִּלָּהLeviticus 18:6 + (see גלהPi`el 1 a; figurative of Jerusalem (verb passive) Ezekiel 16:36; ע ׳רָאָה‎ in same meaning Leviticus 20:17 (twice in verse) (H; of both sexes); ׳ע‎ also 18:8, 10, 16 (H); ע ׳כִּסָּהcover nakedness Genesis 9:23 (J), Exodus 28:42 (P; ע ׳בְּשַׂר‎), Hosea 2:11 (figurative of Israel), Ezekiel 16:8 (of Jerusalem); reviling words are ע ׳לְבשֶׁת אִמֶּ֑ךָ1 Samuel 20:30 (compare DoughtyArab. Deserta i. 269).

2 דָּבָר עֶרְוַתnakedness of a thing, i.e. probably indecency, improper behaviour Deuteronomy 23:15; 24:1 (see Dr).

3 figurative ׳ע הָאָרֶץGenesis 42:9, 12 (E), i.e. its exposed, undefended parts (Arabic ).