• Variations of "broken spirit" are found three times in the New King James and New International versions of the Bible, and six times in the New American Standard Version. It is used in both positive and negative ways in the Bible.


    A broken spirit can be defined as crippled, crushed, maimed and/or shattered.

    Common Terms

    Other biblical words used to describe a broken spirit are contrite, crushed and wounded. All of them denote anguish in one form or another.


    Although the term "wounded" is often used interchangeably with "broken," they have different meanings. Those with wounded spirits often have negative opinions and attitudes and blame others for their problems.


    In contrast with a wounded spirit, those with a broken spirit are humble, acknowledge their wrong doing, have genuine sorrow and a desire to repent and make things right with God and others.


    According to Psalm 51:17, God is near to those with a broken spirit. He does not despise them.


    Being broken in spirit has a similar meaning to a horse that has been broken. A horse that is broken has submitted to the control and wishes of the rider. A person with a broken spirit has submitted to God and His will.


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