In the following passage from Leviticus, Moses used the word ‘nephesh’ eight times. In the N.K.J.V. it is correctly translated twice as ‘soul’; and wrongly translated three times as ‘life’, twice as ‘person’ and once as ‘one’. When we correct these errors, we find that once in verse 11 Moses writes the soul of the flesh is in the blood. Then twice in verse 14 Moses writes the soul of all flesh is in the blood.
Leviticus 17:10 And whatsoever man of the house of Israel, or of the strangers who sojourn among you, who eats any manner of blood, I will set My face against that soul who eats blood, and will cut him off from among his people. 11 For the soul of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul. 12 Therefore I said to the children of Israel, No soul among you shall eat blood, nor shall any stranger who sojourns among you eat blood. 13 Whatever man of the children of Israel, or of the strangers who sojourns among you, who hunts and catches any animal or bird that may be eaten, he shall pour out its blood and cover it with dust; 14 for it is the soul of all flesh; the blood of it is for the soul of it. Therefore I said to the children of Israel, You shall not eat the blood of any flesh, for the soul of all flesh is its blood. Whoever eats it shall be cut off. 15 And every soul that eats that which died naturally or what was torn by beast, whether he is one of your own country or a stranger, he shall both wash his clothes, and bathe in water, and be unclean until evening, then he shall be clean.
When the Israelites killed their lambs upon the altar, it was the blood poured out upon the altar that made atonement for the soul; for in the act of pouring out the blood, the soul was poured out.
Isaiah 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he has put him to grief: when you shall make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. 11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my just servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he has poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
When Jesus Christ died on the cross, in pouring out his blood he poured out his soul unto death. Christ poured out his sinless soul, to deliver the sinful souls of all mankind.
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this that a man lay down one’s soul for his friends.
John 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd gives his soul for the sheep.
Matthew 20:28 Just as the Son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His soul a ransom for many.
John 10:14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and are known by my own. 15 As the Father knows me, even so know I the Father; and I lay down my soul for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear my voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd. 17 Therefore my Father does love me, because I lay down my soul that I might take it again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
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