Deal Out (To) - Vine's Expository Dictionary of Old Testament Words

Usage Number: 1
Strong's Number: H1580
Original Word: gamal

Usage Notes: "to deal out, deal with, wean, ripen." Found in both biblical and modern Hebrew, this word occurs 35 times in the Hebrew Old Testament. While the basic meaning of the word is "to deal out, with," the wide range of meaning can be seen in its first occurrence in the biblical text: "And the child grew, and was weaned…" (Gen. 21:8).

Gamal is used most frequently in the sense of "to deal out to," such as in Prov. 31:12: "She will do him good and not evil…." The word is used twice in 1 Sam. 24:17: "…Thou hast rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded thee evil." The psalmist rejoices and sings to the Lord "because he hath dealt bountifully with me" (Psa. 13:6). This word can express ripening of grapes (Isa. 18:5) or bearing ripe almonds (Num. 17:8).

Vine's Expository Dictionary of Old Testament Words