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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
liv´ing krē´ṯū́r : (1) ( חיּה נפשׁ , nephesh ḥayyāh , or החיּה נפשׁ , nephesh haḥayyāh ( nephesh , "breath" or "living things"; ḥayyāh , "living"; compare Arabic nefs , "breath," ḥaiy , "living")): In the account of the creation this term is used of aquatic animals ( Genesis 1:21 ), of mammals (Genesis 1:24 ) and of any animals whatsoever (Genesis 2:19 ).
(2) ( חיּות , ḥayyōth , plural of חיּה , ḥayyāh ): The name of the "living creatures" of Ezekiel 1:5-25 , which had wings and the faces of a man, a lion, an ox, and an eagle; compare Ezekiel 10:1-22 . (3) ( ζῶον , zṓon , "living thing," "animal"): The four "living creatures" (the King James Version "beasts") of Revelation 4:6 , etc., the first like a lion, the second like a calf, the third having a face as of a man, and the fourth like an eagle, having each six wings. See CREATURE , LIVING .
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Living Creature'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/l/living-creature.html. 1915.