Proverbs 15:11
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!

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

New King James Version
Hell and Destruction are before the LORD; So how much more the hearts of the sons of men.

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

NASB 1995
Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the LORD, How much more the hearts of men!

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

Amplified Bible
Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead) and Abaddon (the abyss, the place of eternal punishment) lie open before the LORD— How much more the hearts and inner motives of the children of men.

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

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

American Standard Version
Sheol and Abaddon are before Jehovah: 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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Hell and destruction are manifest to the Lord; how shall not also be the hearts of men?

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hell and destruction are before the Lord: how much more 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!

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?

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
Sheol and destruction [are] before YHWH, Surely also the hearts of the sons of men.

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 human beings.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
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 consider 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 God, 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.


Treasury of Scripture

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

hell

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 hath no covering.

Psalm 139:8
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

the hearts

2 Chronicles 6:30
Then hear thou from heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and render unto every man according unto all his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou only knowest the hearts of the children of men:)

Psalm 7:9
Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.

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









(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.).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Sheol
שְׁא֣וֹל (šə·’ō·wl)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 7585: Underworld (place to which people descend at death)

and Abaddon
וַ֭אֲבַדּוֹן (wa·’ă·ḇad·dō·wn)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 11: Abaddon -- (place of) destruction or ruin, Abaddon

lie open before
נֶ֣גֶד (ne·ḡeḏ)
Preposition
Strong's 5048: A front, part opposite, a counterpart, mate, over against, before

the LORD—
יְהוָ֑ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3069: YHWH

how much more
אַ֝֗ף (’ap̄)
Conjunction
Strong's 637: Meaning accession, yea, adversatively though

the hearts
לִבּ֥וֹת (lib·bō·wṯ)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 3826: The heart

of men!
אָדָֽם׃ (’ā·ḏām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 120: Ruddy, a human being


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