|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (superl.) Easily yielding to pressure; easily impressed, molded, or cut; not firm in resisting; impressible; yielding; also, malleable; -- opposed to hard; as, a soft bed; a soft peach; soft earth; soft wood or metal.
2. (superl.) Not rough, rugged, or harsh to the touch; smooth; delicate; fine; as, soft silk; a soft skin.
3. (superl.) Hence, agreeable to feel, taste, or inhale; not irritating to the tissues; as, a soft liniment; soft wines.
4. (superl.) Not harsh or offensive to the sight; not glaring; pleasing to the eye; not exciting by intensity of color or violent contrast; as, soft hues or tints.
5. (superl.) Not harsh or rough in sound; gentle and pleasing to the ear; flowing; as, soft whispers of music.
6. (superl.) Easily yielding; susceptible to influence; flexible; gentle; kind.
7. (superl.) Expressing gentleness, tenderness, or the like; mild; conciliatory; courteous; kind; as, soft eyes.
8. (superl.) Effeminate; not courageous or manly, weak.
9. (superl.) Gentle in action or motion; easy.
10. (superl.) Weak in character; impressible.
11. (superl.) Somewhat weak in intellect.
12. (superl.) Quiet; undisturbed; peaceful; as, soft slumbers.
13. (superl.) Having, or consisting of, a gentle curve or curves; not angular or abrupt; as, soft outlines.
14. (superl.) Not tinged with mineral salts; adapted to decompose soap; as, soft water is the best for washing.
15. (superl.) Applied to a palatal, a sibilant, or a dental consonant (as g in gem, c in cent, etc.) as distinguished from a guttural mute (as g in go, c in cone, etc.); -- opposed to hard.
16. (superl.) Belonging to the class of sonant elements as distinguished from the surd, and considered as involving less force in utterance; as, b, d, g, z, v, etc., in contrast with p, t, k, s, f, etc.
17. (n.) A soft or foolish person; an idiot.
18. (adv.) Softly; without roughness or harshness; gently; quietly.
19. (interj.) Be quiet; hold; stop; not so fast.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
(malakos): In Matthew 11:8 English Versions of the Bible, where Jesus, speaking of John the Baptist, asks "What went ye out to see? a man clothed in soft raiment?" where "raiment," though implied, is not expressed in the best text, but was probably added from Luke 7:25 parallel. It is equivalent to "elegant clothing," such as courtiers wore, as shown by the words following, "Behold, they that wear soft raiment are in kings' houses." John had bravely refused to play courtier and had gone to prison for it. In the early days of Herod the Great some scribes who attached themselves to him laid aside their usual plain clothing and wore the gorgeous raiment of courtiers (Jost, in Plumptre).
George B. Eager
Soft (36 Occurrences)
Matthew 11:8 But what did you go out to see? A man in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in king's houses. (WEB KJV ASV WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Matthew 24:32 "Now learn from the fig-tree the lesson it teaches. As soon as its branches have now become soft and it is bursting into leaf, you all know that summer is near. (WEY BBE)
Mark 13:28 "Learn from the fig-tree the lesson it teaches. As soon as its branch has become soft and it is bursting into leaf, you know that summer is near. (WEY BBE)
Luke 6:49 But he who has heard and not practised is like a man who has built a house upon the soft soil without a foundation, against which the torrent bursts, and immediately it collapses, and terrible is the wreck and ruin of that house." (WEY)
Luke 7:25 But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft clothing? Behold, those who are gorgeously dressed, and live delicately, are in kings' courts. (WEB KJV ASV BBE WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Genesis 18:7 And running to the herd, he took a young ox, soft and fat, and gave it to the servant and he quickly made it ready; (BBE)
Deuteronomy 28:54 That man among you who is soft and used to comfort will be hard and cruel to his brother, and to his dear wife, and to of those his children who are still living; (BBE)
Deuteronomy 28:56 The most soft and delicate of your women, who would not so much as put her foot on the earth, so delicate is she, will be hard-hearted to her husband and to her son and to her daughter; (BBE)
1 Kings 7:16 And he made the two crowns to be put on the tops of the pillars, of brass made soft in the fire; the crowns were five cubits high. (BBE)
1 Kings 19:12 And after the earth-shock a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire, the sound of a soft breath. (BBE DBY)
2 Kings 22:19 Because your heart was soft, and you made yourself low before me, when you had word of what I said against this place and its people, that they would become a waste and a curse, and you gave signs of grief, weeping before me: truly, I have given ear to you, says the Lord. (BBE)
2 Chronicles 4:17 The king made them of liquid metal in the lowland of Jordan, in the soft earth between Succoth and Zeredah. (BBE)
2 Chronicles 34:27 And your heart was soft, and you made yourself low before God, on hearing his words about this place and its people, and with weeping and signs of grief have made yourself low before me, I have given ear to you, says the Lord God. (BBE)
Job 6:6 Will a man take food which has no taste without salt? or is there any taste in the soft substance of purslain? (BBE)
Job 23:16 For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me: (KJV DBY WBS YLT)
Job 41:3 Will he make many petitions to you, or will he speak soft words to you? (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS NAS RSV)
Job 41:27 Iron is to him as dry grass, and brass as soft wood. (BBE)
Psalms 22:14 I am flowing away like water, and all my bones are out of place: my heart is like wax, it has become soft in my body. (BBE)
Psalms 40:2 He took me up out of a deep waste place, out of the soft and sticky earth; he put my feet on a rock, and made my steps certain. (BBE)
Psalms 65:10 You drench its furrows. You level its ridges. You soften it with showers. You bless it with a crop. (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Psalms 68:2 Let them be like smoke before the driving wind; as wax turning soft before the fire, so let them come to an end before the power of God. (BBE)
Psalms 69:2 My feet are deep in the soft earth, where there is no support; I have come into deep waters, the waves are flowing over me. (BBE)
Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. (KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT RSV)
Proverbs 25:15 By patience a ruler is persuaded. A soft tongue breaks the bone. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Ecclesiastes 12:4 When the doors are shut in the street, and the sound of the crushing is low, and the voice of the bird is soft, and the daughters of music will be made low; (BBE NAS)
Isaiah 40:20 The wise workman makes selection of the mulberry-tree of the offering, a wood which will not become soft; so that the image may be fixed to it and not be moved. (BBE)
Jeremiah 9:7 So the Lord of armies has said, See, I will make them soft in the fire and put them to the test; this I will do because of their evil-doing. (BBE)
Ezekiel 17:22 This is what the Lord has said: Further, I will take the highest top of the cedar and put it in the earth; cutting off from the highest of his young branches a soft one, I will have it planted on a high and great mountain; (BBE)
Ezekiel 21:7 And when they say to you, Why are you making sounds of grief? then say, Because of the news, for it is coming: and every heart will become soft, and all hands will be feeble, and every spirit will be burning low, and all knees will be turned to water: see, it is coming and it will be done, says the Lord. (BBE)
Ezekiel 21:15 In order that hearts may become soft, and the number of those who are falling may be increased, I have sent death by the sword against all their doors: you are made like a flame, you are polished for death. (BBE)
Ezekiel 22:20 As they put silver and brass and iron and lead and tin together inside the oven, heating up the fire on it to make it soft; so will I get you together in my wrath and in my passion, and, heating the fire with my breath, will make you soft. (BBE)
Ezekiel 22:21 Yes, I will take you, breathing on you the fire of my wrath, and you will become soft in it. (BBE)
Ezekiel 22:22 As silver becomes soft in the oven, so you will become soft in it; and you will be certain that I the Lord have let loose my passion on you. (BBE)
Ezekiel 24:11 And I will put her on the coals so that she may be heated and her brass burned, so that what is unclean in her may become soft and her waste be completely taken away. (BBE)
Hosea 11:8 How may I give you up, O Ephraim? how may I be your saviour, O Israel? how may I make you like Admah? how may I do to you as I did to Zeboim? My heart is turned in me, it is soft with pity. (BBE)
Amos 6:4 Who are resting on beds of ivory, stretched out on soft seats, feasting on lambs from the flock and young oxen from the cattle-house; (BBE)