1 Samuel 16:7
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New International Version
But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

New Living Translation
But the LORD said to Samuel, "Don't judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn't see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

English Standard Version
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”

New American Standard Bible
But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

King James Bible
But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or his stature, because I have rejected him. Man does not see what the LORD sees, for man sees what is visible, but the LORD sees the heart."

International Standard Version
The LORD told Samuel, "Don't look at his appearance or his height, for I've rejected him. Truly, God does not see what man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD sees the heart."

NET Bible
But the LORD said to Samuel, "Don't be impressed by his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. God does not view things the way men do. People look on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

New Heart English Bible
But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look on his face, or on the height of his stature; because I have rejected him. For man does not see as God sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But the LORD told Samuel, "Don't look at his appearance or how tall he is, because I have rejected him. God does not see as humans see. Humans look at outward appearances, but the LORD looks into the heart."

JPS Tanakh 1917
But the LORD said unto Samuel: 'Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have rejected him; for it is not as man seeth: for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.'

New American Standard 1977
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the LORD replied unto Samuel, Do not look on his countenance or on the height of his stature because I have refused him, for it is not as man sees, for man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.

King James 2000 Bible
But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.

American King James Version
But the LORD said to Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.

American Standard Version
But Jehovah said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have rejected him: for Jehovah seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but Jehovah looketh on the heart.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord said to Samuel: Look not on his countenance, nor on the height of his stature: because I have rejected him, nor do I judge according to the look of man: for man seeth those things that appear, but the Lord beholdeth the heart.

Darby Bible Translation
But Jehovah said to Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have rejected him; for it is not as man seeth; for man looketh upon the outward appearance, but Jehovah looketh upon the heart.

English Revised Version
But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have rejected him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

Webster's Bible Translation
But the LORD said to Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the hight of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

World English Bible
But Yahweh said to Samuel, "Don't look on his face, or on the height of his stature; because I have rejected him: for [Yahweh sees] not as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but Yahweh looks at the heart."

Young's Literal Translation
And Jehovah saith unto Samuel, 'Look not unto his appearance, and unto the height of his stature, for I have rejected him; for it is not as man seeth -- for man looketh at the eyes, and Jehovah looketh at the heart.'
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
16:6-13 It was strange that Samuel, who had been so disappointed in Saul, whose countenance and stature recommended him, should judge of another man by that rule. We can tell how men look, but God can tell what they are. He judges of men by the heart. We often form a mistaken judgment of characters; but the Lord values only the faith, fear, and love, which are planted in the heart, beyond human discernment. And God does not favour our children according to our fond partiality, but often most honours and blesses those who have been least regarded. David at length was pitched upon. He was the youngest of the sons of Jesse; his name signifies Beloved; he was a type of God's beloved Son. It should seem, David was least set by of all the sons of Jesse. But the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. His anointing was not an empty ceremony, a Divine power went with that instituted sign; he found himself advanced in wisdom and courage, with all the qualifications of a prince, though not advanced in his outward circumstances. This would satisfy him that his election was of God. The best evidence of our being predestinated to the kingdom of glory, is, our being sealed with the Spirit of promise, and experience of a work of grace in our hearts.
Study Bible
Samuel Anoints David as King
6When they entered, he looked at Eliab and thought, "Surely the LORD'S anointed is before Him." 7But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." 8Then Jesse called Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, "The LORD has not chosen this one either."…
Cross References
Luke 16:15
So He said to them, "You are the ones who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is prized among men is detestable before God.

John 8:15
You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one.

Acts 1:24
And they prayed, "Lord, You know everyone's heart. Show us which of these two You have chosen

Genesis 4:5
but for Cain and for his offering He had no regard. So Cain became very angry and his countenance fell.

1 Samuel 2:3
"Boast no more so very proudly, Do not let arrogance come out of your mouth; For the LORD is a God of knowledge, And with Him actions are weighed.

2 Samuel 7:20
"Again what more can David say to You? For You know Your servant, O Lord GOD!

1 Kings 8:39
then hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive and act and render to each according to all his ways, whose heart You know, for You alone know the hearts of all the sons of men,

1 Chronicles 28:9
"As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.

2 Chronicles 6:30
then hear from heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive, and render to each according to all his ways, whose heart You know for You alone know the hearts of the sons of men,

Job 10:4
'Have You eyes of flesh? Or do You see as a man sees?
Treasury of Scripture

But the LORD said to Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.

Look not

1 Samuel 9:2 And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly…

1 Samuel 10:23,24 And they ran and fetched him there: and when he stood among the people…

2 Samuel 14:25 But in all Israel there was none to be so much praised as Absalom …

Psalm 147:10,11 He delights not in the strength of the horse: he takes not pleasure …

Proverbs 31:30 Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that fears the …

seeth not

Job 10:4 Have you eyes of flesh? or see you as man sees?

Isaiah 55:8,9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, …

Luke 16:15 And he said to them, You are they which justify yourselves before …

1 Peter 2:4 To whom coming, as to a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but …

1 Peter 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, …

looketh

John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

2 Corinthians 10:7,10 Do you look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust …

outward appearance [heb] eyes
on the heart

1 Kings 8:39 Then hear you in heaven your dwelling place, and forgive, and do, …

1 Chronicles 28:9 And you, Solomon my son, know you the God of your father, and serve …

2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth…

Psalm 7:9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish …

Psalm 139:2 You know my sitting down and my rising up, you understand my thought afar off.

Proverbs 15:11 Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the …

Proverbs 16:2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weighs …

Jeremiah 11:20 But, O LORD of hosts, that judge righteously, that try the reins …

Jeremiah 17:10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every …

Jeremiah 20:12 But, O LORD of hosts, that try the righteous, and see the reins and …

Acts 1:24 And they prayed, and said, You, Lord, which know the hearts of all …

Hebrews 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight…

Revelation 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall …

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