Greek/Hebrew Definitions

Strong's #5315: nephesh (pronounced neh'-fesh)

from 5314; properly, a breathing creature, i.e. animal of (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental):--any, appetite, beast, body, breath, creature, X dead(-ly), desire, X (dis-)contented, X fish, ghost, + greedy, he, heart(-y), (hath, X jeopardy of) life (X in jeopardy), lust, man, me, mind, mortally, one, own, person, pleasure, (her-, him-, my-, thy-)self, them (your)-selves, + slay, soul, + tablet, they, thing, (X she) will, X would have it.

Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon:



1) soul, self, life, creature, person, appetite, mind, living being, desire, emotion, passion

1a) that which breathes, the breathing substance or being, soul, the inner being of man

1b) living being

1c) living being (with life in the blood)

1d) the man himself, self, person or individual

1e) seat of the appetites

1f) seat of emotions and passions

1g) activity of mind

1g1) dubious

1h) activity of the will

1h1) dubious

1i) activity of the character

1i1) dubious

Part of Speech: noun feminine

Relation: from H5314


This word is used 753 times:

Numbers 30:8: "and that which she uttered with her lips, wherewith she bound her soul, of none effect: and the LORD"
Numbers 30:9: "and of her that is divorced, wherewith they have bound their souls, shall stand against"
Numbers 30:10: "house, or bound her soul by a bond with an oath;"
Numbers 30:11: "bond wherewith she bound her soul shall stand."
Numbers 30:12: "them; then whatsoever proceeded out of her lips concerning her vows, or concerning the bond of her soul, shall not stand:"
Numbers 30:13: "binding oath to afflict the soul, her husband may establish it, or her husband may make it void."
Numbers 31:19: "seven days: whosoever hath killed any person, and whosoever hath touched any slain,"
Numbers 31:28: "of war which went out to battle: one soul of five hundred,"
Numbers 31:35: "And thirty and two thousand persons in all, of"
Numbers 31:35: "and two thousand persons in all, of women"
Numbers 31:40: " And the persons were sixteen thousand; of which the LORD's tribute was thirty"
Numbers 31:40: "thousand; of which the LORD's tribute was thirty and two persons."
Numbers 31:46: "And sixteen thousand persons;)"
Numbers 31:50: "and tablets, to make an atonement for our souls before the LORD."
Numbers 35:11: "may flee thither, which killeth any person at unawares."
Numbers 35:15: "among them: that every one that killeth any person unawares may flee thither."
Numbers 35:30: "Whoso killeth any person, the murderer shall be put to death by the mouth of witnesses:"
Numbers 35:30: "witness shall not testify against any person to cause him to die."
Numbers 35:31: "Moreover ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer, which is guilty of death:"
Deuteronomy 4:9: "Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget"
Deuteronomy 4:15: "Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude"
Deuteronomy 4:29: "thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul."
Deuteronomy 6:5: "with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might."
Deuteronomy 10:12: "the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,"
Deuteronomy 10:22: "went down into Egypt with threescore and ten persons; and now the LORD thy God hath made"
Deuteronomy 11:13: "and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,"
Deuteronomy 11:18: "in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand,"
Deuteronomy 12:15: "in all thy gates, whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God"
Deuteronomy 12:20: "I will eat flesh, because thy soul longeth to eat flesh; thou mayest eat"
Deuteronomy 12:20: "thou mayest eat flesh, whatsoever thy soul lusteth after."
Deuteronomy 12:21: "thee as I have commanded thee, and thou shalt eat in thy gates whatsoever thy soul lusteth after."
Deuteronomy 12:23: "the blood: for the blood is the life; and thou mayest not eat the life with"
Deuteronomy 12:23: "is the life; and thou mayest not eat the life with the flesh."
Deuteronomy 13:3: "with all your heart and with all your soul."
Deuteronomy 13:6: "or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go"
Deuteronomy 14:26: "And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep,"
Deuteronomy 14:26: "or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat"
Deuteronomy 18:6: "where he sojourned, and come with all the desire of his mind unto"
Deuteronomy 19:6: "him, because the way is long, and slay him; whereas he was not worthy of death,"
Deuteronomy 19:11: "and lie in wait for him, and rise up against him, and smite him mortally that he die, and fleeth into"
Deuteronomy 19:21: "And thine eye shall not pity; but life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth"
Deuteronomy 19:21: "shall not pity; but life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth,"
Deuteronomy 21:14: "if thou have no delight in her, then thou shalt let her go whither she will; but thou shalt not sell her at all"
Deuteronomy 22:26: "when a man riseth against his neighbor, and slayeth him, even so is this"
Deuteronomy 23:24: "then thou mayest eat grapes thy fill at thine own pleasure; but thou shalt not put any in thy vessel."
Deuteronomy 24:6: "for he taketh a man's life to pledge."
Deuteronomy 24:7: "a man be found stealing any of his brethren of the children"
Deuteronomy 24:15: "is poor, and setteth his heart upon it: lest he cry against"
Deuteronomy 26:16: "them with all thine heart, and with all thy soul."
Deuteronomy 27:25: "reward to slay an innocent person. And all the people shall say, Amen."

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