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רוּחַ 'ruach' meaning 'Spirit' Strong's 7307
Job to Isaiah

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Introduction 1.2

This is a thorough word study about the meaning of the Hebrew word רוּחַ, 'ruach' (Strong's 3707) translated Spirit. It gives every verse where the word 'ruach' appears in the Old Testament from Job to Isaiah. To obtain a true understanding of this word these scriptures need to be meditated on and notes made of their meaning in different contexts. This requires putting scriptures together where they seem to have a similar meaning, and then meditating even more. The truth will be revealed by the Holy Spirit, who has been given to guide us into all truth (John 16:13). Wherever this word ruach appears in the Hebrew, the translation of it is highlighted with bold and yellow. In Hebrew the suffixes and some prepositions are added to the basic word to enhance the meaning, and where this has been done the meaning of the suffix or preposition has been included in highlighted text. Every blessing be to those who seek the truth of God's word.

#1.2 Scriptures for רוּח 'ruach' meaning 'Spirit' Strong's 7307 Job to Isaiah

Job 1:19 And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell you.
4:9 By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.
4:15 Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:
6:4 For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison of which drinks up my spirit: the terrors of God set themselves in array against me.
6:26 Do you imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind?
7:7 O remember that my life is wind: my eye shall no more see good.
7:11 Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
8:2 How long will you speak these things? and how long shall the words of your mouth be like a strong wind?
9:18 He will not suffer me to take my breath, but fills me with bitterness.
10:12 You have granted me life and favour, and your visitation has preserved my spirit.
12:10 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.
15:2 Should a wise man utter vain knowledge (Lit knowledge of wind), and fill his belly with the east wind?
15:13 That you turn your spirit against God, and let such words go out of your mouth?
Job 15:30 He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away.
16:3 Shall vain words (Lit words of wind) have an end? or what emboldens you that you answer?
17:1 My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, the graves are ready for me.
19:17 My breath is strange to my wife, though I entreated for the children's sake of my own body.
20:3 I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causes me to answer.
21:4 As for me, is my complaint to man? and if it were so, why should not my spirit be troubled?
21:18 They are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm carries away.
26:13 By his spirit he has garnished the heavens; his hand has formed the crooked serpent.
27:3 All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;
28:25 To make the weight for the winds; and he weighs the waters by measure.
30:15 Terrors are turned upon me: they pursue my soul as the wind: and my welfare passes away as a cloud.
30:22 You lift me up to the wind; you cause me to ride upon it, and dissolve my substance.
32:8 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty gives them understanding.
3218 For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constrains me.
33:4 The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty has given me life.
34:14 If he set his heart upon man, if he gather to himself his spirit and his breath;
37:21 And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind passes, and cleanses them.
41:15 His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal.
41:16 One is so near to another, that no air can come between them.

Psalm 1:4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
11:6 Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.
18:10 (11) And he rode upon a cherub, and flew: yes, he flew upon the wings of the wind.
18:15 (16) Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at your rebuke, O Yahweh, at the blast of the breath of your nostrils.
18:42 (43) Then I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I cast them out as the dirt in the streets.
31:5 Into your hand I commit my spirit: you have redeemed me, O Yahweh God of truth.
32:2 Blessed is the man to whom Yahweh imputes not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
33:6 By the word of Yahweh were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.
34:18 (19) Yahweh is near to those who are of a broken heart; and saves such as be of a contrite spirit.
35:5 Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of Yahweh chase them.
47:7 (8) You break the ships of Tarshish with an east wind.
51:10 (12) Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
51:11 (13) Do not cast away from your presence; and do not take your holy spirit from me.
51:12 (14) Restore to me the joy of your salvation; and uphold me with your free spirit.
51:17 (19) The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Psalm 55:8 (9) I would hasten my escape from the windy storm (Lit. wind of storm) and tempest.
76:12 (13) He shall cut off the spirit of princes: he is terrible to the kings of the earth.
77:3 (4) I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah.
77:6 (7) I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with my own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.
78:8 And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that has not set their heart right, and whose spirit was not steadfast with God.
78:39 For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passes away, and comes not again.
83:13 (14) O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind.
103:16 For the wind passes over it, and it is gone; and the place of it shall know it no more.
104:3 Who lays the beams of his chambers in the waters: who makes the clouds his chariot: who walks upon the wings of the wind:
104:4 Who makes his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:
104:29 You hide your face, they are troubled: you take away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.
104:30 You send forth your spirit, they are created: and you renew the face of the earth.
106:33 Because they provoked his spirit, so that he spoke unadvisedly with his lips.
107:25 For he commands, and raises the stormy wind, which lifts up its waves.
135:7 He causes the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he makes lightning for the rain; he brings the wind out of his treasuries.
135:17 They have ears, but they do not hear; neither is there any breath in their mouths.
139:7 Where shall I go from your spirit? or where shall I flee from your presence?
142:3 (4) When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then you knew my path. In the way in which I walked have they secretly laid a snare for me.
143:4 Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.
143:7 Hear me speedily, O Yahweh: my spirit fails: do not hide your face from me, lest I be like to those who go down into the pit.
143:10 Teach me to do your will; for you are my God: your spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.
146:4 His breath goes forth, he returns to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.
147:18 He sends out his word, and melts them: he causes his wind to blow, and the waters flow.
148:8 Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word:

Proverbs 1:23 Turn at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words to you.
11:13 A talebearer reveals secrets: but he who is of a faithful spirit conceals the matter.
11:29 He who troubles his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.
14:29 He who is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he who is hasty of spirit exalts folly.
15:4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness in it is a breach in the spirit.
15:13 A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
16:2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but Yahweh weighs the spirits.
16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
16:19 Better it is to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the plunder with the proud.
16:32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
17:22 A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones.
17:27 He who has knowledge spares his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.
18:14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?
25:14 Whoever boasts himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.
25:23 The north wind drives away rain: so does an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
25:28 He who has no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
27:16 Whoever hides her hides the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which betrays itself.
29:11 A fool utters all his mind: but a wise man keeps it in till afterwards.
29:23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
30:4 Who has ascended up into heaven, or descended? who has gathered the wind in his fists? who has bound the waters in a garment? who has established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if you can tell?

Ecclesiastes 1:6 The wind goes toward the south, and turns about to the north; it whirls about continually, and the wind returns again according to his circuits.
1:14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
1:17 And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.
2:11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.
2:17 Therefore I hated life; because the work that is done under the sun is grievous to me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
2:26 For God gives to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he gives travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him who is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.
3:19 For that which befalls the sons of men befalls beasts; even one thing befalls them: as the one dies, so the other dies; yes, they all have one breath; so that a man has no pre-eminence above a beast: for all is vanity.
3:20 All go to one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.
3:21 Who knows the spirit of man that goes upward, and the spirit of the beast that goes downward to the earth?
Ecclesiastes 4:4 Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit.
4:6 Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit.
4:16 There is no end of all the people, even of all that have been before them: they also that come after shall not rejoice in him. Surely this also is vanity and vexation of spirit.
5:16 (15) And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit has he who has laboured for the wind?
6:9 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit.
7:8 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning of it: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
7:9 Do not be hasty in your spirit to be angry: for anger rests in the bosom of fools.
8:8 There is no man that has power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither has he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.
10:4 If the spirit of the ruler rise up against you, do not leave your place; for yielding pacifies great offences.
11:4 He who observes the wind shall not sow; and he who regards the clouds shall not reap.
11:5 As you do not know what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child: even so you do not know the works of God who makes all.
12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return to God who gave it.

Isaiah 4:4 When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from its midst by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.
7:2 And it was told the house of David, saying, Syria is confederate with Ephraim. And his heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the wood are moved with the wind.
11:2 And the spirit of Yahweh shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of Yahweh;
11:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
15 And Yahweh shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dry shod.
17:13 The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
19:3 And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in its midst; and I will destroy its counsel: and they shall seek to the idols, and to the charmers, and to those who have familiar spirits, and to the wizards.
19:14 Yahweh has mingled a perverse spirit in its midst: and they have caused Egypt to err in every work of it, as a drunken man staggers in his vomit.
25:4 For you have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.
26:9 With my soul have I desired you in the night; yes, with my spirit within me will I seek you early: for when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
26:18 We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not worked any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.
Isaiah 27:8 In measure, when it shoots forth, you will debate with it: he stays his rough wind in the day of the east wind.
28:6 And for a spirit of judgment to him who sits in judgment, and for strength to those who turn the battle to the gate.
29:10 For Yahweh has poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and has closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers has he covered.
29:24 They also who erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and those who murmured shall learn doctrine.
30:1 Woe to the rebellious children, says Yahweh, who take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:
30:28 And his breath, as an overflowing stream, shall reach to the midst of the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of vanity: and there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people, causing them to err.
31:3 Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit. When Yahweh shall stretch out his hand, both he who helps shall fall, and he who is helped shall fall down, and they all shall fail together.
32:2 And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.
32:15 Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest.
33:11 You shall conceive chaff, you shall bring forth stubble: your breath, as fire, shall devour you.
34:16 Seek out of the book of Yahweh, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it has commanded, and his spirit it has gathered them.
37:7 Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.
38:16 O Lord, by these things men live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit: so will you revive me, and make me to live.
40:7 The grass withers, the flower fades: because the spirit of Yahweh blows upon it: surely the people are grass.
41:16 You shall fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and you shall rejoice in Yahweh, and shall glory in the Holy One of Israel.
41:29 Behold, they are all vanity; their works are nothing: their melted images are wind and confusion.
42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; my elect, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
42:5 Thus says God Yahweh, he who created the heavens, and stretched them out; he who spread forth the earth, and that which comes out of it; he who gives breath to the people upon it, and spirit to those who walk in it:
Isaiah 44:3 For I will pour water upon him who is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon your seed, and my blessing upon your offspring:
48:16 Come near to me, hear this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord Yahweh, and his Spirit, has sent me.
54:6 For Yahweh has called you as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when you were refused, says your God.
57:13 When you cry, let your companies deliver you; but the wind shall carry them all away; vanity shall take them: but he who puts his trust in me shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain;
57:15 For thus says the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also who is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
57:16 For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always angry: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.
59:19 So shall they fear the name of Yahweh from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of Yahweh shall lift up a standard against him.
59:21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, says Yahweh; My spirit that is upon you, and my words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, nor out of the mouth of your seed, nor out of the mouth of your seed's seed, says Yahweh, from now on and for ever.
61:1 The Spirit of the Lord Yahweh is upon me; because Yahweh has anointed me to preach good tidings to the meek; he has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
61:3 To appoint to those who mourn in Zion, to give to them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of Yahweh, that he might be glorified.
63:10 But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.
63:11 Then he remembered the days of old, Moses, and his people, saying, Where is he who brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of his flock? where is he who put his holy Spirit within him?
63:14 As a beast goes down into the valley, the Spirit of Yahweh caused him to rest: so did you lead your people, to make yourself a glorious name.
64:6 (5) But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness is as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
65:14 Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but you shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit.
66:2 For all those things has my hand made, and all those things have been, says Yahweh: but to this man will I look, even to him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembles at my word.

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