inspire / in-spirit
Associated with Nature Walk “Inspire me, Lord!…”
Also with Isaiah 41:6-8 and the Hebrew word, chazaq, translated “courage” or “encourage”
–verb (used with object)
- to fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence
- to produce or arouse (a feeling, thought, etc.)
- to fill or affect with a specified feeling, thought, etc.
- to influence or impel
- to animate, as an influence, feeling, thought, or the like, does
- to communicate or suggest by a divine or supernatural influence
- to guide or control by divine influence.
- to prompt or instigate (utterances, acts, etc.) by influence, without avowal of responsibility.
- to give rise to, bring about, cause, etc.
- to take (air, gases, etc.) into the lungs in breathing; inhale.
- archaic: a) to infuse (breath, life, etc.) by breathing (usually fol. by into). b) to breathe into or upon.
- to give inspiration.
- to inhale.
Origin: 1300–50; ME inspiren < L inspīrāre to breathe upon or into, equiv. to in- in+ spīrāre to breathe
“inspired” only appears in the New King James Version once in Isaiah 41:7 and it is inserted. In the King James Version, the word does not appear. HOWEVER, I believe it is implied by the word “encouraged” and the “Be of good courage!” in verse 6.
Isaiah 41:6-8 NKJV
6 Everyone helped his neighbor, And said to his brother, “Be of good courage!” 7 So the craftsman encouraged the goldsmith; He who smooths with the hammer inspired him who strikes the anvil, Saying, “It is ready for the soldering”; Then he fastened it with pegs, That it might not totter. 8 “But you, Israel, are My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, The descendants of Abraham My friend.
Isaiah 41:6-8 KJV
6 They helped every one his neighbour; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage. 7 So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, and he that smootheth with the hammer him that smote the anvil, saying, It is ready for the sodering: and he fastened it with nails, that it should not be moved. 8 But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.
“courage” and “encouraged” in these translations are the same Hebrew word, chazaq. Strongs # 02388. (click the link as there are a lot of definitions). Even the sound of the word tickles me.
I was thinking that this inspired might be associated with when God breathed into man since one of its definitions is inhale.
But, it’s not the same word. I was curious about “soul” and looked up the Strong’s number: nephesh #05315 soul, self, life, creature, person, appetite, mind, living being, desire, emotion, passion
- that which breathes, the breathing substance or being, soul, the inner being of man, living being
- living being (with life in the blood)
- the man himself, self, person or individual
- seat of the appetites
- seat of emotions and passions
- activity of mind
- activity of the will
- activity of the character
Just for kicks looked up “inspirit” at dictionary.com and found it!
- to infuse spirit or life into; enliven.
- to instill courage or life into.
- See Synonyms at encourage.