Outline…The Use Of The Word…NEPHESH…”AIR OR BREATH”…

The word….NEPHESH… occurs 754 times in the Hebrew Old Testament..

In the A.V. and R.V…. it is translated…“SOUL”…472 TIMES… while in other.. 282 places it is represented by 44 different words… or phrases… ( suggest you look up the word yourself… it’s a deep study)…

The English word…”SOUL”… is in every occurrence… the rendering of the Hebrew…NEPHESH…. except in Job 30:15…and Isa. 57: 16….

Though… with these two exceptions the English word “SOUL”… always represents the Hebrew….NEPHESH…NEPHESH is not always translated…”SOUL”..

THE usage of the word..NEPHESH… by the Holy Spirit in the word of God… is the only Guide.. to the true understanding of it…

The English word…”SOUL”… is from the Latin…SOLUS– alone or SOLE… because the maintenance of man… as a living organism and all that affects his health and well-being… is the one SOLE… or main thing in common with every living thing… which the Lord God has made…

THE correct Latin word for the theological term “SOUL”… (or NEPHESH) IS…”ANIMA”… and this is from the Greek…”ANEMOS”–AIR OR BREATH… because it is this which keeps the whole.. in life and in being…

Following is an outline:

1- NEPHESH… is used of the “lower animals only”… in 22 passages and is rendered and 9 different ways… I will give you one reference for each..Genesis 1: 21, 24….

2- NEPHESH… is used of the lower animals and man… in seven passages…and rendered in three different ways…”THE LIFE”… LEV 17: 11, 14, 14, 14…

3- NEPHESH… is used of…MAN… as an individual person… in 53 passages and is rendered six different ways…”SOUL”…GEN:2:7…

4- NEPHESH… is used of man as exercising certain powers… or performing certain Acts.. in 96 passages and 11 different renderings…”MAN”…EXODUS:12:16…

5- NEPHESH… is used of man as possessing animal appetites and Desires in 22 passages…rendered in five different ways… ( hath appetite)…MIC. 7:1…

6- NEPHESH… is used of man as exercising mental faculties… and manifesting certain feelings…and affections and Passions… in 231 passages… and rendered in 20 different ways…Genesis 34:8… (longeth)..

7- NEPHESH…. is used of man as being…”cut off”… by God… and as being slain or killed by man in 54 passages… and is rendered in eight different ways… Soul cut off by God… in 22 passages… and rendered….”soul”…Genesis 17: 14….

8- NEPHESH… is used of man as being mortal…. subject to death… of various kinds… from which it can be saved…and delivered… and life prolonged.. in 243 passages rendered… in 11 different ways…NUMBERS 16:38….

9- NEPHESH… is used of man as actually dead… in 13 passages and is rendered… in three different ways….”the dead”… Leviticus:19: 28…21:1….

10- NEPHESH… in 13 passages… ( all rendered…”SOUL”).. is spoken of as going to a place…described by four different words…. here is one example: SHEOL…THE GRAVE…GRAVEDOM… ( or the Dominion of death)…

Comments: Seems to me that God has a thorough knowledge… of his creation…. the Wonder and complexities of the human body… the functioning of man’s mind and psyche… we are here as human beings… because we received the life force or our soul… from God…. sorry…I don’t believe that we crawled out of some primordial ooze… received a life force from some mysterious place…or evolved from the Monkeys…. I have learned that only God through the power of the Holy Spirit… can remove the scales from our eyes… and open our ears….” Some people look at the world and creation…and say …where is God”?…. “I look at the world…. and creation…. and see him in everything”….

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