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There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath 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.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

8:8 to retain the spirit. A man’s spirit has been given him by God, and its continued presence in the body is beyond man’s power to assure. Only Jesus, in His humanity, was able arbitrarily to dismiss His spirit when He was ready; no man could have taken it from Him until then (Luke 23:46; John 10:17,18).

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