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:

Psalms 130:6: " My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning."
Psalms 131:2: "Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother:"
Psalms 131:2: "myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child."
Psalms 138:3: "thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul."
Psalms 139:14: "I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well."
Psalms 141:8: "thee, O GOD the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute."
Psalms 142:4: "failed me; no man cared for my soul."
Psalms 142:7: " Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous"
Psalms 143:3: "For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell"
Psalms 143:6: "I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah."
Psalms 143:8: "I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto"
Psalms 143:11: "me, O LORD, for thy name's sake: for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble."
Psalms 143:12: "and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I am thy servant."
Psalms 146:1: "Praise the LORD, O my soul."
Proverbs 1:18: "lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives."
Proverbs 1:19: "of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners"
Proverbs 2:10: "into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;"
Proverbs 3:22: "So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck."
Proverbs 6:16: "hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:"
Proverbs 6:26: "and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life."
Proverbs 6:30: "if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;"
Proverbs 6:32: "he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul."
Proverbs 7:23: "not that it is for his life."
Proverbs 8:36: "But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death."
Proverbs 10:3: "The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked."
Proverbs 11:17: "The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh."
Proverbs 11:25: "The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself."
Proverbs 11:30: "is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise."
Proverbs 12:10: "A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel."
Proverbs 13:2: "good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence."
Proverbs 13:3: "He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction."
Proverbs 13:4: " The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat."
Proverbs 13:4: "of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat."
Proverbs 13:8: "The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke."
Proverbs 13:19: "The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil."
Proverbs 13:25: "The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want."
Proverbs 14:10: "The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy."
Proverbs 14:25: "A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies."
Proverbs 15:32: "He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding."
Proverbs 16:17: "from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul."
Proverbs 16:24: "words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones."
Proverbs 16:26: " He that laboreth laboreth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of"
Proverbs 18:7: "is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul."
Proverbs 19:2: "Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet"
Proverbs 19:8: "He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good."
Proverbs 19:15: "casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger."
Proverbs 19:16: "He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die."
Proverbs 19:18: "there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying."
Proverbs 20:2: "of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul."
Proverbs 21:10: " The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbor findeth no favor in his eyes."

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