|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Breathe.
2. (n.) Respiration; the act of inhaling and exhaling air.
3. (n.) Air in gentle motion.
4. (n.) Any gentle influence or operation; inspiration; as, the breathings of the Spirit.
5. (n.) Aspiration; secret prayer.
6. (n.) Exercising; promotion of respiration.
7. (n.) Utterance; communication or publicity by words.
8. (n.) Breathing place; vent.
9. (n.) Stop; pause; delay.
10. (n.) Also, in a wider sense, the sound caused by the friction of the outgoing breath in the throat, mouth, etc., when the glottis is wide open; aspiration; the sound expressed by the letter h.
11. (n.) A mark to indicate aspiration or its absence. See Rough breathing, Smooth breathing, below.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BREATH; BREATHE; BREATHING
breth, breth, breath'-ing: In the English Versions of the Bible of the Old Testament "breath" is the rendering of neshamah, and of ruach. These words differ but slightly in meaning, both signifying primarily "wind," then "breath," though the former suggests a gentler blowing, the latter often a blast. As applied to persons there is no very clear distinction between the words. Yet in general one may say that of the two neshamah is employed preferably of breath regarded physiologically: "vital breath," hence, the vital principle, "Soul (animal) life" (compare Genesis 2:7; Genesis 7:22 Job 27:3, where both words occur; Da 5:23); while ruach (though it, too, sometimes signifies "vital breath") is the word generally employed where the breath is regarded physically-breath or blast as an act or force-and so is related to the will or the emotions, whence the meaning "spirit," also sometimes "thought," "purpose" (compare Job 4:9; Job 9:18 Psalm 18:15; Psalm 146:4 Ezekiel 37:5, 6, 8, 9, 10). The examples cited, however, and other passages reveal a lack of uniformity of usage. Yet generally ruach is the expression, neshamah, the principle, of life. Yet when employed of God they of course signify the principle, not of His own life, but of that imparted to His creatures. "Breathe" in English Versions of the Bible of the Old Testament requires no remark except at Psalm 27:12 ("such as breathe out cruelty"), from yaphach, "to breathe hard," "to snort" (compare Acts 9:1). In the New Testament "breath" (pnoe) occurs once Acts 17:25 in the plain sense of vital principle, the gift of God. "Breathed" is employed in John 20:22 of our Lord's concrete symbolism of the giving of the Spirit. In Acts 9:1 Saul's "breathing threatening and slaughter" is literally "snorting," etc., and the nouns are partitive genitives, being the element of which he breathed.
See also SPIRIT.
J. R. Van Pelt
Breathing (25 Occurrences)
John 20:22 And when he had said this, breathing on them, he said to them, Let the Holy Spirit come on you: (BBE)
Acts 9:1 But Saul, still breathing threats and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest, (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God made man from the dust of the earth, breathing into him the breath of life: and man became a living soul. (BBE)
Deuteronomy 20:16 Only, of the cities of these peoples which Jehovah thy God is giving to thee 'for' an inheritance, thou dost not keep alive any breathing; (YLT)
Joshua 11:11 and they smite every person who 'is' in it by the mouth of the sword; he hath devoted -- he hath not left any one breathing, and Hazor he hath burnt with fire; (YLT)
Joshua 11:14 and all the spoil of these cities, and the cattle, have the sons of Israel spoiled for themselves; only, every human being they have smitten by the mouth of the sword, till their destroying them; they have not left any one breathing. (YLT)
1 Kings 15:29 And it cometh to pass, at his reigning, he hath smitten the whole house of Jeroboam, he hath not left any breathing to Jeroboam till his destroying him, according to the word of Jehovah, that He spake by the hand of His servant Ahijah the Shilonite, (YLT)
1 Kings 17:17 And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him. (See NIV)
Job 11:20 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and all refuge shall vanish from them, and their hope shall be the breathing out of life. (DBY YLT)
Psalms 27:12 Do not give me into their hands, because false witnesses have come out against me, and men breathing destruction. (BBE NIV)
Proverbs 6:19 A false witness, breathing out untrue words, and one who lets loose violent acts among brothers. (BBE)
Proverbs 12:17 The breathing out of true words gives knowledge of righteousness; but a false witness gives out deceit. (BBE)
Proverbs 14:5 A true witness does not say what is false, but a false witness is breathing out deceit. (BBE)
Isaiah 42:14 I have long been quiet, I have kept myself in and done nothing: now I will make sounds of pain like a woman in childbirth, breathing hard and quickly. (BBE)
Jeremiah 2:24 An untrained ass, used to the waste land, breathing up the wind in her desire; at her time, who is able to send her away? all those who are looking for her will have no need to make themselves tired; in her month they will get her. (BBE)
Jeremiah 8:16 The loud breathing of the horses comes to our ears from Dan: at the sound of the outcry of his war-horses, all the land is shaking with fear; for they have come, and have made a meal of the land and everything in it; the town and the people living in it. (BBE)
Jeremiah 15:9 Languished hath the bearer of seven, She hath breathed out her spirit, Gone in hath her sun while yet day, It hath been ashamed and confounded, And their residue to the sword I give up before their enemies, An affirmation of Jehovah. (See NAS)
Lamentations 1:4 The ways of Zion are sad, because no one comes to the holy meeting; all her doorways are made waste, her priests are breathing out sorrow: her virgins are troubled, and it is bitter for her. (BBE)
Lamentations 1:8 Great is the sin of Jerusalem; for this cause she has become an unclean thing: all those who gave her honour are looking down on her, because they have seen her shame: now truly, breathing out grief, she is turned back. (BBE)
Lamentations 1:11 Breathing out grief all her people are looking for bread; they have given their desired things for food to give them life: see, O Lord, and take note; for she has become a thing of shame. (BBE)
Lamentations 1:19 I sent for my lovers, but they were false to me: my priests and my responsible men were breathing their last breath in the town, while they were looking for food to give them new life. (BBE)
Lamentations 3:56 You heard my voice; don't hide your ear at my breathing, at my cry. (WEB KJV ASV BBE WBS YLT)
Ezekiel 21:31 And I will let loose my burning passion on you, breathing out on you the fire of my wrath: and I will give you up into the hands of men like beasts, trained to destruction. (BBE)
Ezekiel 22:21 Yes, I will take you, breathing on you the fire of my wrath, and you will become soft in it. (BBE)
Ezekiel 37:9 And he said to me, Be a prophet to the wind, be a prophet, son of man, and say to the wind, The Lord has said: Come from the four winds, O wind, breathing on these dead so that they may come to life. (BBE)