נֶפֶשׁ Strong’s #5315 nephesh

And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls: and Joseph was in Egypt already.

Exodus 1:5

A person is a unity of different parts: the mind, thought, emotion, personality, body, blood, organs, etc. This word is often translated as “soul,” implying an abstract entity contained within a person. However, the more Hebraic meaning of this word is “the whole of the person” and can be understood as a “being,” “person” or “entity.” This word can be used for man (as seen in Genesis 2:7) and animals (as seen in Genesis 1:21 where it usually translated as “creature”). The root of this word, naphash (Strongs #5314) means “to refresh” in the sense of restoring the whole of the person to its wholeness through rest and nutrition.

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