|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (v. i.) To pass gradually from a sound, prosperous, or perfect state, to one of imperfection, adversity, or dissolution; to waste away; to decline; to fail; to become weak, corrupt, or disintegrated; to rot; to perish; as, a tree decays; fortunes decay; hopes decay.
2. (v. t.) To cause to decay; to impair.
3. (v. t.) To destroy.
4. (n.) Gradual failure of health, strength, soundness, prosperity, or of any species of excellence or perfection; tendency toward dissolution or extinction; corruption; rottenness; decline; deterioration; as, the decay of the body; the decay of virtue; the decay of the Roman empire; a castle in decay.
5. (n.) Destruction; death.
6. (n.) Cause of decay.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
de-ka': Although this word is still in good use in both its literal sense, of the putrefaction of either animal or vegetable matter, and its derived sense, denoting any deterioration, decline or gradual failure, the Revised Version (British and American) has replaced it by other expressions in Leviticus 25:35 Ecclesiastes 10:18 Isaiah 44:26 Hebrews 8:13; in some of these cases with a gain in accuracy of translation. In Nehemiah 4:10 (kashal, "to be feeble," "stumble") the Revised Version (British and American) retains "is decayed"; in Job 14:11 (charebh, "to be dried up") the American Standard Revised Version substitutes "wasteth," and in John 11:39 the American Standard Revised Version has "the body decayeth" instead of the more literal translation offensive to modern ears (ozei, "emits a smell").
F. K. Farr
Decay (18 Occurrences)
Acts 2:27 because you will not leave my soul in Hades, neither will you allow your Holy One to see decay. (WEB WEY NAS NIV)
Acts 2:31 he foreseeing this spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that neither was his soul left in Hades, nor did his flesh see decay. (WEB WEY NAS NIV)
Acts 13:34 And as to His having raised Him from among the dead, never again to be in the position of one soon to return to decay, He speaks thus: 'I will give you the holy and trustworthy promises made to David.' (WEY NAS NIV)
Acts 13:35 Therefore he says also in another psalm,'You will not allow your Holy One to see decay.' (WEB WEY NAS NIV)
Acts 13:36 For David, after he had in his own generation served the counsel of God, fell asleep, and was laid with his fathers, and saw decay. (WEB WEY NAS NIV)
Acts 13:37 But he whom God raised up saw no decay. (WEB WEY NAS NIV)
Romans 8:21 that the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of decay into the liberty of the glory of the children of God. (WEB WEY RSV NIV)
1 Corinthians 15:42 It is the same with the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in a state of decay, it is raised free from decay; (WEY)
1 Corinthians 15:52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the sounding of the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incapable of decay, and *we* shall be changed. (WEY)
2 Corinthians 4:16 Therefore we don't faint, but though our outward man is decaying, yet our inward man is renewed day by day. (Root in WEB ASV YLT NAS)
Leviticus 25:35 And if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee; then thou shalt relieve him: yea, though he be a stranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with thee. (KJV DBY WBS)
Job 21:20 Let his own eyes see his destruction. Let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty. (See NAS)
Psalms 16:10 For you will not leave my soul in Sheol, neither will you allow your holy one to see corruption. (See NAS NIV)
Psalms 49:9 That he should live on forever, that he should not see corruption. (See NAS NIV)
Psalms 49:14 They are appointed as a flock for Sheol. Death shall be their shepherd. The upright shall have dominion over them in the morning. Their beauty shall decay in Sheol, far from their mansion. (WEB NIV)
Proverbs 12:4 A woman of virtue is a crown to her husband; but she whose behaviour is a cause of shame is like a wasting disease in his bones. (See NIV)
Isaiah 5:24 For this cause, as the waste of the grain is burned up by tongues of fire, and as the dry grass goes down before the flame, so their root will be like the dry stems of grain, and their flower will go up in dust: because they have gone against the law of the Lord of armies, and have given no honour to the word of the Holy One of Israel. (See NIV)
Habakkuk 3:16 I heard, and my body trembled. My lips quivered at the voice. Rottenness enters into my bones, and I tremble in my place, because I must wait quietly for the day of trouble, for the coming up of the people who invade us. (See NAS NIV)