Easton's Bible Dictionary: M. G. Easton, M.A., D.D.


This word denotes

  1. absolute nakedness (Gen. 2:25; Job 1:21; Eccl. 5:15; Mic. 1:8; Amos 2:16);
  2. being poorly clad (Isa. 58:7; Jas. 2:15). It denotes also
  3. the state of one who has laid aside his loose outer garment (Lat.nudus), and appears clothed only in a long tunic or under robe worn next the skin (1 Sam. 19:24; Isa. 47:3; comp. Mk. 14:52; Jn. 21:7).

It is used figuratively, meaning "being discovered" or "made manifest" (Job 26:6; Heb. 4:13). In Ex. 32:25 the expression "the people were naked" (A.V.) is more correctly rendered in the Revised Version "the people were broken loose", i.e., had fallen into a state of lawlessness and insubordination. In 2 Chr. 28:19 the words "he made Judah naked" (A.V.), but Revised Version "he had dealt wantonly in Judah," mean "he had permitted Judah to break loose from all the restraints of religion."

Original from The Bible Foundation - bf.org. They claim public domain status for their original text.