An English version Bible uses the word soul around 500 times when speaking about any living creature, including mankind; it is also used in describing the various aspects in which a living creature, man or animal, may be considered. In the case of a person, this can be the body, life, breath, or mind. Yet nowhere in the Bible is it used to express the idea of immortality or some entity which continues in existence after the bodily death of a person or animal.
“Then he said, 'Are you really my son Esau?' He said 'I am' He said, 'Bring it near to me and I will eat of my son's game, so that my soul may bless you.' So he brought it near to him, and he ate; and he brought him wine, and he drank” (Genesis 27:24,25).
“His soul was strongly attracted to Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the young woman and spoke kindly to the young woman” (Genesis 34:3).
“. . . and if you despise My statutes, or if your soul abhors My judgments, so that you do not perform all My commandments, but break My covenant . . .” (Leviticus 26:15).
“Hear, O Israel: *The LORD our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:4,5).
“Can flavourless food be eaten without salt? Or is there any taste in the white of an egg? My soul refuses to touch them; they are as loathsome food to me” (Job 6:6,7).
“Thus says the LORD: “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it’” (Jeremiah 6:16).
““Behold, all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine; the soul who sins shall die . . . The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself” (Ezekiel 18:4,20).
“. . . (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed” (Luke 2:35).
“And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?'” (Luke 12:19,20).
“And it shall be that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people” (Acts 3:23).
“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God” (Romans 13:1).
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(Quotations are from the New King James Version of the Bible)