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Sleep in the Bible 💤 - We all have to have sleep. Sometimes sleep is easier for some and harder for others. What does the Bible say about it? #Sleep #BGBG2

Sleep in the Bible 💤 – We all have to have sleep. Sometimes sleep is easier for some and harder for others. What does the Bible say about it? #Sleep #BGBG2

Sleep in the Bible #Sleep

Let us first see what the dictionary says sleep means.

a condition of body and mind such as that which typically recurs for several hours every night, in which the nervous system is relatively inactive, the eyes closed, the postural muscles relaxed, and consciousness practically suspended.

Oxford Dictionary

Sometimes we refer to sleep as peace in death.


tard锚m芒h /tar-day-maw’/ This is a deep sleep. See H8639

When God created woman, he put man (Adam) in a deep sleep. This is one of the most famous sleeps in the Bible. See below.

So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place.

Genesis 2;21 NASB

There are other Lexicons used as well for sleep both from Hebrew (Old Testament), Aramaic (Old Testament) and Greek (New Testament). See the charts below.

Here are the Hebrew uses …

H3462讬指砖址讈谉yashensleep, remained long, old, old store
H3463讬指砖值讈谉yashensleep, asleep
H7290专指讚址诐radam..deep sleep, was fast asleep, sleep, sleeper
H7901砖指讈讻址讘shakablie, sleep, lie down, rest, lien, misc
H8639转址旨专职讚值旨诪指讛tardemahdeep sleep

Here is the Aramaic use


Here are the Greek uses

G879峒蠁蠀蟺谓蠈蠅aphypno艒fall asleep
G1852峒愇鞠呄谓委味蠅exypniz艒awake out of sleep
G1853峒斘鞠呄谓慰蟼exypnosawake out of sleep
G2837魏慰喂渭维蠅koima艒sleep, fall asleep, be asleep, fall on sleep, be dead

These charts are from Blue Letter Bible.


hypnos / h眉’p-nos / This type was only used in 5 verses like this one below. This is where we get the word hypnosis. See G5258

I think most of us know about this incident of sleep in the bible where a man fell out of a window due to sleeping.

And there was a young man named Eutychus sitting on the window sill, sinking into a deep sleep; and as Paul kept on talking, he was overcome by sleep and fell down from the third floor and was picked up dead.

Acts 20:9

Don’t Count Sheep!

There you have it! A lot of sleep study to do!

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