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and that you will keep alive my father and my mother and my brothers and my sisters and all that they have, and will deliver our lives from death.” Bible

“lives.” The Hebrew word “life” is nephesh (#05315 נֶפֶשׁ), often translated “soul” (the word is plural here). Nephesh has a number of meanings, including “life” (as here in Josh. 2:13), the “individual,” the life force that animates humans, land animals, and many sea creatures. For more information, see Appendix 7: Usages of “Soul.”


Commentary for: Joshua 2:13