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:

Proverbs 21:23: "his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles."
Proverbs 22:5: "are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from"
Proverbs 22:23: "will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled"
Proverbs 22:25: "his ways, and get a snare to thy soul."
Proverbs 23:2: "if thou be a man given to appetite."
Proverbs 23:7: "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink,"
Proverbs 23:14: "shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell."
Proverbs 24:12: "the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man"
Proverbs 24:14: "So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward,"
Proverbs 25:13: "messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters."
Proverbs 25:25: "waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country."
Proverbs 27:7: "The full soul loatheth a honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing"
Proverbs 27:7: "loatheth a honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet."
Proverbs 27:9: "the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel."
Proverbs 28:17: "A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no"
Proverbs 28:25: "He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat."
Proverbs 29:10: "hate the upright: but the just seek his soul."
Proverbs 29:17: "and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul."
Proverbs 29:24: "with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and betrayeth it not."
Proverbs 31:6: "unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts."
Ecclesiastes 2:24: "for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul good"
Ecclesiastes 4:8: "labor, and bereave my soul of good? This is also"
Ecclesiastes 6:2: "and honor, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth,"
Ecclesiastes 6:3: "of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with"
Ecclesiastes 6:7: "of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled."
Ecclesiastes 6:9: "is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity"
Ecclesiastes 7:28: "Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not: one man"
Song of Solomon 1:7: "Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest thyflock to rest"
Song of Solomon 3:1: "my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found"
Song of Solomon 3:2: "in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found"
Song of Solomon 3:3: "found me: to whom I said, Saw ye him whom my soul loveth?"
Song of Solomon 3:4: "from them, but I found him whom my soul loveth:"
Song of Solomon 5:6: "but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spoke: I sought him, but I could not"
Song of Solomon 6:12: "Or ever I was aware, my soul made me like the chariots of Ammi-nadib."
Isaiah 1:14: "Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary"
Isaiah 3:9: "they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil"
Isaiah 3:20: "The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings,"
Isaiah 5:14: "Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure:"
Isaiah 10:18: "the glory of his forest, and of his fruitful field, both soul and body: and they shall be as when a standard-bearer"
Isaiah 15:4: "therefore the armed soldiers of Moab shall cry out; his life shall be grievous"
Isaiah 19:10: "that make sluices and ponds for fish."
Isaiah 26:8: "O LORD, have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance"
Isaiah 26:9: " With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for"
Isaiah 29:8: "but he awaketh, and, behold, he is faint, and his soul hath appetite: so shall the multitude of all"
Isaiah 29:8: "and, behold, he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty: or as when a thirsty man dreameth,"
Isaiah 32:6: "against the LORD, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail."
Isaiah 38:15: "my years in the bitterness of my soul."
Isaiah 38:17: "I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption:"
Isaiah 42:1: "my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon"
Isaiah 43:4: "men for thee, and people for thy life."

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