Proverbs 15:11
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New International Version
Death and Destruction lie open before the LORD-- how much more do human hearts!

New Living Translation
Even Death and Destruction hold no secrets from the LORD. How much more does he know the human heart!

English Standard Version
Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the LORD; how much more the hearts of the children of man!

Berean Study Bible
Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the LORD—how much more the hearts of men!

New American Standard Bible
Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the LORD, How much more the hearts of men!

King James Bible
Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?

Christian Standard Bible
Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the LORD-- how much more, human hearts.

Contemporary English Version
If the LORD can see everything in the world of the dead, he can see in our hearts.

Good News Translation
Not even the world of the dead can keep the LORD from knowing what is there; how then can we hide our thoughts from God?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the LORD-- how much more, human hearts.

International Standard Version
Since Sheol and Abaddon lie open in the LORD's presence, how much more the hearts of human beings!

NET Bible
Death and Destruction are before the LORD--how much more the hearts of humans!

New Heart English Bible
Sheol and Abaddon are before the LORD--how much more then the hearts of the children of men.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Sheol and destruction are in front of Lord Jehovah, and also the hearts of the children of men.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If Sheol and Abaddon lie open in front of the LORD how much more the human heart!

JPS Tanakh 1917
The nether-world and Destruction are before the LORD; How much more then the hearts of the children of men!

New American Standard 1977
Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the LORD, How much more the hearts of men!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Sheol and hell are before the LORD; how much more then the hearts of men?

King James 2000 Bible
Sheol and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?

American King James Version
Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?

American Standard Version
Sheol and Abaddon are before Jehovah: How much more then the hearts of the children of men!

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hell and destruction are before the Lord: how much more the hearts of the children of men?

Darby Bible Translation
Sheol and destruction are before Jehovah; how much more then the hearts of the children of men!

English Revised Version
Sheol and Abaddon are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men!

Webster's Bible Translation
Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?

World English Bible
Sheol and Abaddon are before Yahweh-- how much more then the hearts of the children of men!

Young's Literal Translation
Sheol and destruction are before Jehovah, Surely also the hearts of the sons of men.
Study Bible
A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath
10Discipline is harsh for him who leaves the path; he who hates correction will die. 11Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the LORD— how much more the hearts of men! 12A mocker does not love to be reproved, nor will he consult the wise.…
Cross References
Acts 1:24
And they prayed, "Lord, You know everyone's heart. Show us which of these two You have chosen

Revelation 9:11
They were ruled by a king, the angel of the abyss. His name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek it is Apollyon.

1 Samuel 16:7
But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or height, for I have rejected him; The LORD does not see as man does. For man sees the outward appearance, but the LORD sees the heart."

2 Chronicles 6:30
be heard by You from heaven, Your dwelling place. And may You forgive and repay each man according to all his ways, since You know his heart--for You alone know the hearts of men--

Job 26:6
Sheol is naked before Him, and Abaddon has no covering.

Psalm 44:21
would not God have discovered, since He knows the secrets of the heart?

Psalm 139:8
If I ascend to the heavens, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, You are there.

Proverbs 15:10
Discipline is harsh for him who leaves the path; he who hates correction will die.

Proverbs 17:3
A crucible for silver and a furnace for gold, but the LORD is the tester of hearts.

Proverbs 27:20
Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

Treasury of Scripture

Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?

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Proverbs 27:20 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

Job 26:6 Hell is naked before him, and destruction has no covering.

Psalm 139:8 If I ascend up into heaven, you are there: if I make my bed in hell, …

Revelation 1:18 I am he that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for ever …

the hearts

2 Chronicles 6:30 Then hear you from heaven your dwelling place, and forgive, and render …

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

Psalm 44:21 Shall not God search this out? for he knows the secrets of the heart.

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

John 2:24,25 But Jesus did not commit himself to them, because he knew all men…

John 21:17 He said to him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, love you me? …

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 …

(11) Hell and destruction.--"Hell" is here the general name for the unseen world (Hades) beyond the grave, so called, according to one derivation, from its always "asking" for more victims, and never being satisfied. (Comp. Proverbs 27:20.) "Destruction" (Abaddon) is the lowest hell, corresponding to the "abyss" of Luke 8:31; Revelation 9:1; Revelation 9:11; the abode of evil spirits and the lost. (For the thought, comp. Job 26:6, and Psalm 139:8.)

Verse 11. - Hell and destruction are before the Lord. The two words rendered "hell" and "destruction" are respectively Sheol and Abaddon, Infernus and Perditio, Ἅιδης and ἀπώλεια (comp. Proverbs 27:20). The former is used generally as the place to which the souls of the dead are consigned - the receptacle of all departed spirits, whether good or bad. Abaddon is the lowest depth of hell, the "abyss" of Luke 8:31; Revelation 9:2, etc.; 20:l, etc. The clause means that God's eye penetrates even the most secret corners of the unseen world. As Job (Job 26:6) says, "Sheol is naked before him, and Abaddon hath no covering" (comp. Psalm 139:7, etc.). How much more then the hearts of the children of men? (For the form of the expression, comp. Proverbs 11:31 and Proverbs 19:7; and for the import, Proverbs 16:2; Proverbs 21:2; Jeremiah 17:10.) If God knows the secrets of the world beyond the grave, much more does he know the secret thoughts of men on earth. The heart is the source of action (see Matthew 15:19, etc.). Hell and destruction are before the Lord,.... Or "the grave" (a), which is the pit of destruction; where bodies being put, putrefy, and are destroyed by worms: this is known by the Lord, even the grave of everyone from the beginning; the graves of Adam, Abel, Abraham; he knows where their dust lies, and will raise it up again at the last day. Hades, or the invisible state of the departed, as the Septuagint has it, is manifest before him; he knows where departed spirits are; what their condition and employment be; and so the place and state of the damned, known by the name of "hell"; and may be called "destruction", where soul and body are destroyed by the Lord with an everlasting destruction; and is the destruction which the broad way of sin leads unto. Now though we know not where this place is, who are there, and what the torments endured in it; yet all is before the Lord, and known to him: "tophet" is ordained of old; everlasting fire is prepared by the Lord for devils and wicked men; see Job 26:6;

how much more then the hearts of the children of men? which, though desperately wicked, are known by him; who is the searcher of the hearts and the trier of the reins of the children of men: he to whom hell is naked, and can look into that outer darkness, the blackness of darkness, can look into a man's heart, a second hell, in which all manner of wickedness is, and observe it all; he needs no testimony of man; he knows what is in man, all his secret thoughts, wicked purposes, designs, and devices; see Jeremiah 17:9.

(a) "sepulchrum", Munster, Piscator, Mercerus, so Ben Melech. 11. Hell—(Ps 16:10).

destruction—or, "Abaddon," the place of the destroyer. All the unseen world is open to God, much more men's hearts.15:11. There is nothing that can be hid from the eyes of God, not even man's thoughts. 12. A scorner cannot bear to reflect seriously within his own heart. 13. A gloomy, impatient, unthankful spirit, springing from pride and undue attachment to worldly objects, renders a man uneasy to himself and others.
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