Jeremiah 17:9
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?

Berean Study Bible
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure—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?

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

Contemporary English Version
You people of Judah are so deceitful that you even fool yourselves, and you can't change.

Good News Translation
"Who can understand the human heart? There is nothing else so deceitful; it is too sick to be healed.

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?

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

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The heart is deep beyond all things, and it is the man, and who can know him?

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?
Study Bible
The Sin and Punishment of Judah
8He will be like a tree planted by the waters that sends out its roots toward the stream. It does not fear when the heat comes, and its leaves are always green. It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit. 9The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure— who can understand it? 10I, the LORD, search the heart; I test the mind to reward a man according to his way, by what his deeds deserve.…
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
to put off your former way of life, your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;

Genesis 8:21
When the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, He said in His heart, "Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from his youth. And never again will I destroy all living creatures as I have done.

2 Samuel 11:15
In the letter he wrote: "Put Uriah at the front of the fiercest battle; then withdraw from him, so that he may be struck down and die."

Ecclesiastes 9:3
This is an evil in everything that is done under the sun: There is one fate for everyone. Furthermore, the hearts of men are full of evil and madness while they are alive, and afterward they join the dead.

Isaiah 1:5
Why do you want more beatings? Why do you keep rebelling? Your head has a massive wound, and your whole heart is afflicted.

Isaiah 1:6
From the sole of your foot to the top of your head, there is no soundness--only wounds and welts and festering sores not cleansed or bandaged or soothed with oil.

Isaiah 6:10
Make the hearts of this people calloused; deafen their ears and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.

Treasury of Scripture

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

Jeremiah 16:12
And ye have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, ye walk every one after the imagination of his evil heart, that they may not hearken unto me:

Genesis 6:5
And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Genesis 8:21
And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.







Lexicon
The heart
הַלֵּ֛ב (hal·lêḇ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

[is] deceitful
עָקֹ֥ב (‘ā·qōḇ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6121: Insidious, deceitful, tracked by footprints

above all things
מִכֹּ֖ל (mik·kōl)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

and beyond cure—
וְאָנֻ֣שׁ (wə·’ā·nuš)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 605: To be frail, feeble, melancholy

who
מִ֖י (mî)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

can understand it?
יֵדָעֶֽנּוּ׃ (yê·ḏā·‘en·nū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3045: To know
(9) The heart is deceitful . . .--The sequence of ideas seems as follows: If the blessing and the curse are thus so plainly marked, how is it that man chooses the curse and not the blessing, the portion of the "heath in the desert" rather than that of the "tree planted by the waters"? And the answer is found in the inscrutable self-deceit of his nature blinding his perceptions of good and evil.

Desperately wicked.--Rather, incurably diseased, as in Jeremiah 15:18; Jeremiah 30:12; Jeremiah 30:15; Isaiah 17:11, and elsewhere. Wickedness is, of course, implied, but it is regarded rather as a moral taint following on the deliberate choice, than as the choice itself.

Verses 9, 10. - The crocked devices of the human heart, which is characterized as deceitful above all things (or, as Delitzsch, ' Biblical Psychology,' English translation, p. 340, "proud;" literally, uneven or rugged; comp. Isaiah 40:4; Habakkuk 2:4, Hebrew; Psalm 131:2, Hebrew), and desperately wicked, or rather, desperately sick (see Jeremiah 15:18, where it is explained by the words, "which refuseth to be healed"). The Septuagint reads this verse differently, "The heart is deep above all things, and it is a man." 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.
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