'Wish' in the Bible
and the children of Israel said to them, "We wish that we had died by the hand of Yahweh in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots, when we ate our fill of bread, for you have brought us out into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger."
Moses said to him, "Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all Yahweh's people were prophets, that Yahweh would put his Spirit on them!"
The people strove with Moses, and spoke, saying, "We wish that we had died when our brothers died before Yahweh!
Balaam said to the donkey, "Because you have mocked me, I wish there were a sword in my hand, for now I would have killed you."
In the morning you shall say, "I wish it were evening!" and at evening you shall say, "I wish it were morning!" for the fear of your heart which you shall fear, and for the sight of your eyes which you shall see.
Joshua said, "Alas, Lord Yahweh, why have you brought this people over the Jordan at all, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to cause us to perish? I wish that we had been content and lived beyond the Jordan!
The king was much moved, and went up to the room over the gate, and wept. As he went, he said, "My son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! I wish I had died for you, Absalom, my son, my son!"
She said to her mistress, "I wish that my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! Then he would heal him of his leprosy."
"'Why, then, have you brought me forth out of the womb? I wish I had given up the spirit, and no eye had seen me.
I wish that Job were tried to the end, because of his answering like wicked men.
Shall it be told him that I would speak? Or should a man wish that he were swallowed up?
The king was exceedingly sorry, but for the sake of his oaths, and of his dinner guests, he didn't wish to refuse her.
"I came to throw fire on the earth. I wish it were already kindled.
For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brothers' sake, my relatives according to the flesh,
You are already filled. You have already become rich. You have come to reign without us. Yes, and I wish that you did reign, that we also might reign with you.
Yet I wish that all men were like me. However each man has his own gift from God, one of this kind, and another of that kind.
For I do not wish to see you now in passing, but I hope to stay a while with you, if the Lord permits.
I wish that you would bear with me in a little foolishness, but indeed you do bear with me.
but I could wish to be present with you now, and to change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.
I wish that those who disturb you would cut themselves off.