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“My spirit is broken.
My days are extinct,
and the grave is ready for me. Bible

“spirit is broken.” If this is speaking of Job’s “spirit,” as most scholars maintain, then this is the use of “spirit” that refers to the activities of the mind: the thoughts, attitudes and emotions. It is possible, however, that Job is saying “my breath is corrupt,” referring to the sickness that he has which produces bad breath and portents of possible death in the near future (cp. Keil and Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament). [For more on the uses of “spirit” as breath or as activities of the mind, see Appendix 6, “Usages of ‘Spirit’”].


Commentary for: Job 17:1