Feminine noun · From נפש (H5314)

From H5314; 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, × dead(-ly), desire, × (dis-) contented, × fish, ghost, greedy, he, heart(-y), (hath, × jeopardy of) life (× in jeopardy), lust, man, me, mind, mortally, one, own, person, pleasure, (her-, him-, my-, thy-) self, them (your) -selves, slay, soul, tablet, they, thing, (× she) will, × would have it.


  1. soul, self, life, creature, person, appetite, mind, living being, desire, emotion, passion
    1. that which breathes, the breathing substance or being, soul, the inner being of man
    2. living being
    3. living being (with life in the blood)
    4. the man himself, self, person or individual
    5. seat of the appetites
    6. seat of emotions and passions
    7. activity of mind
      1. dubious
    8. activity of the will
      1. dubious
    9. activity of the character
      1. dubious

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Genesis 1:20


Man is a creature (Mark 16:15, 2 Corinthians 5:17, 2 Esdras 8:45), i.e. man was made on the fifth day (2 Esdras 6:47). Creature merely means 'thing created'.

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Genesis 2:7


dust is two-fold. It is referring to literal dust (because all of the elements found in man can be found in the elements of the ground), but also confusion, i.e. man was taken out of his confused state and given the laws and order. breath The spirit, knowledge, wisdom and understanding (Wisdom 7:24-28, Ezekiel 37).


Wisdom 7:25

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