The True Meaning Behind ‘God Breathed’ By Kanye West


The True Meaning Behind 'God Breathed' By Kanye West

Out of all of Kanye West’s religious-themed tracks on “Donda,” “God Breathed” truly stands above the rest. Kanye speaks like a preacher, with a very minimal instrumental backing. The track begins with a four-bar repetition of “I know God breathed on this,” which Genius notes is possibly a reference to 2 Timothy 3:16. In the epistle, it is noted that “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”

It is in this that we see how Kanye could’ve possibly used the scripture to influence his songwriting on “God Breathed.” With bars like “Before the sons and the daughters / Before the sun and the water / More than I can say for you / But the truth still for you / Once I saw what the Lord do / God, the Son, all the glory,” Ye goes all out in his praise for the man upstairs, implying that life’s truths emanate from God himself while also advocating for those to follow in his spiritual footsteps.

Kanye also tells listeners, “God will solve it all for me / Trust man, he a failure / Trust, and God’ll heal ya,'” — demonstrating that God is the answer to all of life’s shortcomings and that putting your trust in mankind is often fruitless and futile (in his opinion).


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