The ♥ American King James Version of the Bible writes:
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
♥ Taken from an excerpt of Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary in regards to Jeremiah 17:9, it writes:
♥ ” … 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 …”
♥ Jesus in the Voice version of the Bible in Matthew 15:19 and Mark 7:21-22 stated:
For your heart harbors evil thoughts—fantasies of murder, adultery, and whoring; fantasies of stealing, lying, and slandering.
It’s what grows out of the hearts of people that leads to corruption: evil thoughts, immoral sex, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wicked acts, treachery, sensuality, jealousy, slander, pride, and foolishness. All of these come from within, and these are the sins that truly corrupt a person.
♥ The Apostle Paul in Galatians 5:19-21 in conjunction with Matthew 15:19 and Mark 7:21-22 gives us a dire warning when it comes to the works of the flesh …
It’s clear that our flesh entices us into practicing some of its most heinous acts: participating in corrupt sexual relationships, impurity, unbridled lust, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, arguing, jealousy, anger, selfishness, contentiousness, division, envy of others’ good fortune, drunkenness, drunken revelry, and other shameful vices that plague humankind. I told you this clearly before, and I only tell you again so there is no room for confusion:those who give in to these ways will not inherit the kingdom of God.
♥ And let us also heed the warning giving in Hebrews 3:12 and James 1:14-15 which gives the ramifications for those who desire to walk in a path of deceitfulness and desperation thus by their own free will ignore the call of the Spirit to come out of their rebellious ways and turn back to God while He yet affords them the grace to do so.
“Brothers and sisters, pay close attention so you won’t develop an evil and unbelieving heart that causes you to abandon the living God.”
“When a person is carried away with desire, lured by lust, and when desire becomes the focus and takes control, it gives birth to sin.When sin becomes fully grown, it produces death.”
“If you give in to temptation and desire, then sin is born. If you give in to sin long enough, it overpowers you and costs you your life.”
King James Version, American Edition (KJVA)
King James Version 1611, spelling, punctuation and text formatting modernized by ABS in 1962; typesetting © 2010 American Bible Society.
The Voice (VOICE)
The Voice Bible Copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc. The Voice™ translation © 2012 Ecclesia Bible Society All rights reserved.