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This word denotes:

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

It is used figuratively, meaning “being discovered” or “made manifest” (Job 26:6; Hebrews 4:13).

In Ex. 32:25 the expression “the people were naked” (Authorized Version) 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” (Authorized Version), but Revised Version “he had dealt wantonly in Judah,” mean “he had permitted Judah to break loose from all the restraints of religion.”