Jeremiah 17:9
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New International Version
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?

New Living Translation
"The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?

English Standard Version
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

New American Standard Bible
"The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?

King James Bible
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The heart is more deceitful than anything else, and incurable--who can understand it?

International Standard Version
"The heart is more deceitful than anything. It is incurable— who can know it?

NET Bible
The human mind is more deceitful than anything else. It is incurably bad. Who can understand it?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"The human mind is the most deceitful of all things. It is incurable. No one can understand how deceitful it is.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The heart is deceitful above all things, And it is exceeding weak--who can know it?

New American Standard 1977
“The heart is more deceitful than all else
            And is desperately sick;
            Who can understand it?

Jubilee Bible 2000
The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked; who shall know it?

King James 2000 Bible
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

American King James Version
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

American Standard Version
The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly corrupt: who can know it?

Douay-Rheims Bible
The heart is perverse above all things, and unsearchable, who can know it?

Darby Bible Translation
The heart is deceitful above all things, and incurable; who can know it?

English Revised Version
The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is desperately sick: who can know it?

Webster's Bible Translation
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

World English Bible
The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly corrupt: who can know it?

Young's Literal Translation
Crooked is the heart above all things, And it is incurable -- who doth know it?
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
17:5-11 He who puts confidence in man, shall be like the heath in a desert, a naked tree, a sorry shrub, the product of barren ground, useless and worthless. Those who trust to their own righteousness and strength, and think they can do without Christ, make flesh their arm, and their souls cannot prosper in graces or comforts. Those who make God their Hope, shall flourish like a tree always green, whose leaf does not wither. They shall be fixed in peace and satisfaction of mind; they shall not be anxious in a year of drought. Those who make God their Hope, have enough in him to make up the want of all creature-comforts. They shall not cease from yielding fruit in holiness and good works. The heart, the conscience of man, in his corrupt and fallen state, is deceitful above all things. It calls evil good, and good evil; and cries peace to those to whom it does not belong. Herein the heart is desperately wicked; it is deadly, it is desperate. The case is bad indeed, if the conscience, which should set right the errors of other faculties, is a leader in the delusion. We cannot know our own hearts, nor what they will do in an hour of temptation. Who can understand his errors? Much less can we know the hearts of others, or depend upon them. He that believes God's testimony in this matter, and learns to watch his own heart, will find this is a correct, though a sad picture, and learns many lessons to direct his conduct. But much in our own hearts and in the hearts of others, will remain unknown. Yet whatever wickedness there is in the heart, God sees it. Men may be imposed upon, but God cannot be deceived. He that gets riches, and not by right, though he may make them his hope, never shall have joy of them. This shows what vexation it is to a worldly man at death, that he must leave his riches behind; but though the wealth will not follow to another world, guilt will, and everlasting torment. The rich man takes pains to get an estate, and sits brooding upon it, but never has any satisfaction in it; by sinful courses it comes to nothing. Let us be wise in time; what we get, let us get it honestly; and what we have, use it charitably, that we may be wise for eternity.
Study Bible
The Sin and Punishment of Judah
8"For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream And will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, And it will not be anxious in a year of drought Nor cease to yield fruit. 9"The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it? 10"I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give to each man according to his ways, According to the results of his deeds.…
Cross References
Matthew 13:15
For this people's heart has grown callous; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn, and I would heal them.'

Mark 2:17
On hearing this, Jesus told them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."

Mark 7:21
For from within the hearts of men come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery,

Mark 7:22
greed, wickedness, deceit, debauchery, envy, slander, arrogance, and foolishness.

Romans 1:21
For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking and darkened in their foolish hearts.

Romans 7:11
For sin, seizing its opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through the commandment put me to death.

Ephesians 4:22
You were taught to put off your former way of life, your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;

Genesis 8:21
The LORD smelled the soothing aroma; and the LORD said to Himself, "I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man's heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.

2 Samuel 11:15
He had written in the letter, saying, "Place Uriah in the front line of the fiercest battle and withdraw from him, so that he may be struck down and die."

Ecclesiastes 9:3
This is an evil in all that is done under the sun, that there is one fate for all men. Furthermore, the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil and insanity is in their hearts throughout their lives. Afterwards they go to the dead.
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Genesis 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet smell; and the LORD said in his heart, …

Job 15:14-16 What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, …

Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was shaped in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Psalm 53:1-3 The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, …

Proverbs 28:26 He that trusts in his own heart is a fool: but whoever walks wisely, …

Ecclesiastes 9:3 This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that …

Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, …

Mark 7:21,22 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, …

Hebrews 3:12 Take heed, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of …

James 1:14,15 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed…

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