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:

Genesis 1:20: "Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above"
Genesis 1:21: "whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly,"
Genesis 1:24: "Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast"
Genesis 1:30: "upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green"
Genesis 2:7: "and man became a living soul."
Genesis 2:19: "them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name"
Genesis 9:4: "But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat."
Genesis 9:5: "And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every"
Genesis 9:5: "at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man."
Genesis 9:10: "And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle,"
Genesis 9:12: "between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:"
Genesis 9:15: "is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no"
Genesis 9:16: "God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon"
Genesis 12:5: "their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth"
Genesis 12:13: "that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of"
Genesis 14:21: "unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods"
Genesis 17:14: "is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken"
Genesis 19:17: "abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind"
Genesis 19:19: "unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape"
Genesis 19:20: "(is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live."
Genesis 23:8: "If it be your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight;"
Genesis 27:4: "and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die."
Genesis 27:19: "sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless"
Genesis 27:25: "of my son's venison, that my soul may bless thee. And he brought it near to him, and he did eat:"
Genesis 27:31: "of his son's venison, that thy soul may bless"
Genesis 32:30: "face to face, and my life is preserved."
Genesis 34:3: " And his soul cleaved unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel,"
Genesis 34:8: "communed with them, saying, The soul of my son Shechem longeth for your daughter:"
Genesis 35:18: "And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Ben-oni:"
Genesis 36:6: "and his sons, and his daughters, and all the persons of his house, and his cattle, and all his beasts,"
Genesis 42:21: "in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear;"
Genesis 44:30: "and the lad be not with us; seeing that his life is bound up in the lad's life;"
Genesis 44:30: "with us; seeing that his life is bound up in the lad's life;"
Genesis 46:15: "his daughter Dinah: all the souls of his sons and his daughters were thirty and three."
Genesis 46:18: "she bore unto Jacob, even sixteen souls."
Genesis 46:22: "were born to Jacob: all the souls were fourteen."
Genesis 46:25: "these unto Jacob: all the souls were seven."
Genesis 46:26: "All the souls that came with Jacob into Egypt, which came out of his loins, besides"
Genesis 46:26: "Jacob's sons' wives, all the souls were threescore and six;"
Genesis 46:27: "were born him in Egypt, were two souls: all the souls of the house of Jacob,"
Genesis 46:27: "were two souls: all the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt,"
Genesis 49:6: " O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honor, be not thou united:"
Exodus 1:5: "And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls:"
Exodus 1:5: "of Jacob were seventy souls: for Joseph was in Egypt"
Exodus 4:19: "are dead which sought thy life."
Exodus 12:4: "and his neighbor next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man"
Exodus 12:15: "from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off"
Exodus 12:16: "in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done"
Exodus 12:19: "eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel,"
Exodus 15:9: "I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand"

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