H7725 – shuwb – שׁוּב to return, turn away from

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a primitive root
, to turn, return
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Find “shuwb” in the Bible (Old Testament)

Equip God’s People Hebrew Lexicon

1) to return
2) to turn away from

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At its core, the word “shuwb” is about a change of direction. In a physical sense, it describes someone turning back or returning to a specific location. Spiritually, it is associated with the idea of repentance by both “turning away from sin” and “returning to God."

Covenantally, “shuwb” is used to describe God’s faithfulness in restoring His people when they turn back to Him. It also carries a sense of spiritual renewal and restoration. , calls for a return to God with all one’s heart, fasting, weeping, and mourning, expressing a profound desire for spiritual revival.

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Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon

a primitive root; to turn back (hence, away) transitively or intransitively, literally or figuratively (not necessarily with the idea of return to the starting point); generally to retreat; often adverbial, again:—([break, build, circumcise, dig, do anything, do evil, feed, lay down, lie down, lodge, make, rejoice, send, take, weep]) X again, (cause to) answer (+ again), X in any case (wise), X at all, averse, bring (again, back, home again), call [to mind], carry again (back), cease, X certainly, come again (back), X consider, + continually, convert, deliver (again), + deny, draw back, fetch home again, X fro, get [oneself] (back) again, X give (again), go again (back, home), [go] out, hinder, let, [see] more, X needs, be past, X pay, pervert, pull in again, put (again, up again), recall, recompense, recover, refresh, relieve, render (again), requite, rescue, restore, retrieve, (cause to, make to) return, reverse, reward, + say nay, send back, set again, slide back, still, X surely, take back (off), (cause to, make to) turn (again, self again, away, back, back again, backward, from, off), withdraw.