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The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
King James Bible
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?
Young's Literal Translation
Crooked is the heart above all things, And it is incurable -- who doth know it?
Jeremiah 17:9 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The heart is deceitful - עקב הלב akob halleb, "the heart is supplanting - tortuous - full of windings - insidious;" lying ever at the catch; striving to avail itself of every favorable circumstance to gratify its propensities to pride, ambition, evil desire, and corruption of all kinds.
And desperately wicked - ואנש הוא veanush hu, and is wretched, or feeble; distressed beyond all things, in consequence of the wickedness that is in it. I am quite of Mr. Parkhurst's opinion, that this word is here badly translated as אנש anash is never used in Scripture to denote wickedness of any kind. My old MS. Bible translates thus: - Schrewid is the herte of a man: and unserchable: who schal knowen it?
Who can know it? - It even hides itself from itself; so that its owner does not know it. A corrupt heart is the worst enemy the fallen creature can have; it is full of evil devices, - of deceit, of folly, and abomination, and its owner knows not what is in him till it boils over, and is often past remedy before the evil is perceived. Therefore trust not in man whose purposes are continually changing, and who is actuated only by motives of self-interest.
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Jeremiah 16:12 And you have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, you walk every one after the imagination of his evil heart...
Genesis 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth...
Genesis 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet smell; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake...
Job 15:14-16 What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous...
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, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that does good...
Proverbs 28:26 He that trusts in his own heart is a fool: but whoever walks wisely, he shall be delivered.
Ecclesiastes 9:3 This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event to all: yes...
Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
Mark 7:21,22 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders...
Hebrews 3:12 Take heed, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
James 1:14,15 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed...
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Matthew 13:15 For this people's heart has become calloused; 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 said to 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 it is from within, out of a person's heart, that evil thoughts come--sexual immorality, theft, murder,
Mark 7:22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.
Romans 1:21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Romans 7:11 For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death.
Ephesians 4:22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;