Broken Spirit

Could broken spirit or contrite heart point to a spiritual reference to the Elect having had to endure tribulation?


Pr 15:13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit <07307> is broken <05218>.

Pr 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken <05218> spirit <07307> drieth the bones.

Pr 18:14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded <05218> spirit <07307> who can bear?

Ps 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite <01793> spirit <07307>.

Ps 90:3 Thou turnest man to destruction <01793>; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.

Job 6:9 Even that it would please God to destroy <01792> me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!

Ps 143:3 For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten <01792> my life down <01792> to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead.

Job 6:10 Then should I yet have comfort; yea, I would harden myself in sorrow: let him not spare; for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One.

Ps 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Joh 16:6 But because I have said these things (Christ going away) unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart.

Joh 16:22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.

Ec 11:10 Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.

Ec 7:3 Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.

Lu 6:25 Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.

Ps 13:2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?

Re 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

Le 26:16 I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.

Isa 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite <01793> and humble <08217> spirit <07307>, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones <01792>.

Job 5:11 To set up on high those that be low <08217>; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety.

Mt 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Job 19:2 How long will ye vex my soul, and break <01792> me in pieces with words?

Ps 94:5 They break in pieces <01792> thy people, O LORD, and afflict thine heritage.


Pr 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

Ps 63:1 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

Am 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:

Eze 37:11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.

Eze 37:4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.

Eze 6:5 And I will lay the dead carcases of the children of Israel before their idols; and I will scatter your bones round about your altars.

Ps 141:7 Our bones are scattered at the grave’s mouth, as when one cutteth and cleaveth wood upon the earth.


La 3:65 Give them sorrow of heart, thy curse unto them.

Re 18:7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.

Isa 65:14 Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit.

De 28:65 And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the LORD shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind:

Job 22:9 Thou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken <01792>.

Job 5:4 His children are far from safety, and they are crushed <01792> in the gate, neither is there any to deliver them.

Isa 58:11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

Eze 37:7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.


The Bible appears to be associating a contrite heart or broken spirit to the elect in tribulation as judgment begins at the house of God. But because they’d been sealed, God obligated Himself to redeem them from Babylon at the revelation of Christ.