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Lexicon :: Strong's H5397 - nᵊšāmâ

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feminine noun
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TWOT Reference: 1433a

Strong’s Definitions

נְשָׁמָה nᵉshâmâh, nesh-aw-maw'; from H5395; a puff, i.e. wind, angry or vital breath, divine inspiration, intellect. or (concretely) an animal:—blast, (that) breath(-eth), inspiration, soul, spirit.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 24x

The KJV translates Strong's H5397 in the following manner: breath (17x), blast (3x), spirit (2x), inspiration (1x), souls (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 24x
The KJV translates Strong's H5397 in the following manner: breath (17x), blast (3x), spirit (2x), inspiration (1x), souls (1x).
  1. breath, spirit

    1. breath (of God)

    2. breath (of man)

    3. every breathing thing

    4. spirit (of man)

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
נְשָׁמָה nᵉshâmâh, nesh-aw-maw'; from H5395; a puff, i.e. wind, angry or vital breath, divine inspiration, intellect. or (concretely) an animal:—blast, (that) breath(-eth), inspiration, soul, spirit.
STRONGS H5397: Abbreviations
נְשָׁמָה noun feminine breath; — נ׳ Deuteronomy 20:16 + 9 times; construct נִשְׁמַת (compare LagBN 82) Genesis 2:7 + 10 times; suffix נִשְׁמָתִי Job 27:3; נִשְׁמָתוֺ Job 34:14; plural נְשָׁמוֺת Isaiah 57:16; —
1. breath of God as hot wind kindling a flame Isaiah 30:33; as destroying wind 2 Samuel 22:16 = Psalm 18:16; Job 4:9; as cold wind producing ice Job 32:8; Job 33:4.
2. breath of man 1 Kings 17:17; Isaiah 42:5; Job 27:3; Daniel 10:7; breath of life נשׁמת חיים Genesis 2:7 (J); compare נִשְׁמַת רוּחַ חַיִּים Genesis 7:22 (J); as breathed in by God it is God's breath in man Job 34:14; Job 36:4; and is characteristic of man אדם אשׁר נשׁמה באפו Isaiah 2:22 man in whose nostrils is but a breath (late gloss).
3. synonym נפשׁ כָּל נְשָׁמָה every breathing thing Deuteronomy 20:16; Joshua 11:11, 14; 1 Kings 15:29; כָּלהַֿנְּשָׁמָה Joshua 10:14; Psalm 150:6; נְשָׁמוֺת Isaiah 57:16.
4. spirit of man, || רוּחַ, אָדָם נ׳ נֵר י׳ Proverbs 20:27 the spirit of man is a lamp of י׳.

See related BDB entry H5395.
See related Aramaic BDB entry H5396.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


2:7; 2:7; 7:22


20:16; 20:16


10:14; 11:11; 11:14

2 Samuel


1 Kings

15:29; 17:17


4:9; 27:3; 27:3; 32:8; 33:4; 34:14; 34:14; 36:4


18:16; 150:6




2:22; 30:33; 42:5; 57:16; 57:16




Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H5397 matches the Hebrew נְשָׁמָה (nᵊšāmâ),
which occurs 24 times in 24 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 2:7 - And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath H5397 of life; and man became a living soul.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 7:22 - All in whose nostrils was the breath H5397 of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 20:16 - But of the cities of these people, which the LORD thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth: H5397
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 10:40 - So Joshua smote all the country of the hills, and of the south, and of the vale, and of the springs, and all their kings: he left none remaining, but utterly destroyed all that breathed, H5397 as the LORD God of Israel commanded.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 11:11 - And they smote all the souls that were therein with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying them: there was not any left to breathe: H5397 and he burnt Hazor with fire.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 11:14 - And all the spoil of these cities, and the cattle, the children of Israel took for a prey unto themselves; but every man they smote with the edge of the sword, until they had destroyed them, neither left they any to breathe. H5397
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:16 - And the channels of the sea appeared, the foundations of the world were discovered, at the rebuking of the LORD, at the blast H5397 of the breath of his nostrils.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 15:29 - And it came to pass, when he reigned, that he smote all the house of Jeroboam; he left not to Jeroboam any that breathed, H5397 until he had destroyed him, according unto the saying of the LORD, which he spake by his servant Ahijah the Shilonite:
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 17:17 - And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath H5397 left in him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 4:9 - By the blast H5397 of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 26:4 - To whom hast thou uttered words? and whose spirit H5397 came from thee?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 27:3 - All the while my breath H5397 is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:8 - But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration H5397 of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:4 - The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath H5397 of the Almighty hath given me life.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:14 - If he set his heart upon man, if he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath; H5397
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 37:10 - By the breath H5397 of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:15 - Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O LORD, at the blast H5397 of the breath of thy nostrils.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 150:6 - Let every thing that hath breath H5397 praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:27 - The spirit H5397 of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 2:22 - Cease ye from man, whose breath H5397 is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 30:33 - For Tophet is ordained of old; yea, for the king it is prepared; he hath made it deep and large: the pile thereof is fire and much wood; the breath H5397 of the LORD, like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 42:5 - Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath H5397 unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 57:16 - For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls H5397 which I have made.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 10:17 - For how can the servant of this my lord talk with this my lord? for as for me, straightway there remained no strength in me, neither is there breath H5397 left in me.
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