'Heart' in the Bible
"Before I finished praying in my heart, along came Rebekah with her water jug on her shoulder! She went down to the spring and drew water. So I said to her, 'Please give me a drink.'
O my soul, do not come into their council, do not be united to their assembly, my heart, for in their anger they have killed men, and for pleasure they have hamstrung oxen.
Then the Lord became angry with Moses, and he said, "What about your brother Aaron the Levite? I know that he can speak very well. Moreover, he is coming to meet you, and when he sees you he will be glad in his heart.
The Lord said to Moses, "When you go back to Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the wonders I have put under your control. But I will harden his heart and he will not let the people go.
But I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and although I will multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt,
Yet Pharaoh's heart became hard, and he did not listen to them, just as the Lord had predicted.
The Lord said to Moses, "Pharaoh's heart is hard; he refuses to release the people.
But the magicians of Egypt did the same by their secret arts, and so Pharaoh's heart remained hard, and he refused to listen to Moses and Aaron -- just as the Lord had predicted.
But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and did not listen to them, just as the Lord had predicted.
The magicians said to Pharaoh, "It is the finger of God!" But Pharaoh's heart remained hard, and he did not listen to them, just as the Lord had predicted.
But Pharaoh hardened his heart this time also and did not release the people.
Pharaoh sent representatives to investigate, and indeed, not even one of the livestock of Israel had died. But Pharaoh's heart remained hard, and he did not release the people.
But the Lord hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he did not listen to them, just as the Lord had predicted to Moses.
So Pharaoh's heart remained hard, and he did not release the Israelites, as the Lord had predicted through Moses.
The Lord said to Moses, "Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the heart of his servants, in order to display these signs of mine before him,
But the Lord hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he did not release the Israelites.
But the Lord hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he was not willing to release them.
So Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh, but the Lord hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he did not release the Israelites from his land.
I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and he will chase after them. I will gain honor because of Pharaoh and because of all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord." So this is what they did.
When it was reported to the king of Egypt that the people had fled, the heart of Pharaoh and his servants was turned against the people, and the king and his servants said, "What in the world have we done? For we have released the people of Israel from serving us!"
But the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he chased after the Israelites. Now the Israelites were going out defiantly.
By the blast of your nostrils the waters were piled up, the flowing water stood upright like a heap, and the deep waters were solidified in the heart of the sea.
"Tell the Israelites to take an offering for me; from every person motivated by a willing heart you are to receive my offering.
Aaron will bear the names of the sons of Israel in the breastpiece of decision over his heart when he goes into the holy place, for a memorial before the Lord continually.
"You are to put the Urim and the Thummim into the breastpiece of decision; and they are to be over Aaron's heart when he goes in before the Lord. Aaron is to bear the decisions of the Israelites over his heart before the Lord continually.
Take an offering for the Lord. Let everyone who has a willing heart bring an offering to the Lord: gold, silver, bronze,
Everyone whose heart stirred him to action and everyone whose spirit was willing came and brought the offering for the Lord for the work of the tent of meeting, for all its service, and for the holy garments.
and all the women whose heart stirred them to action and who were skilled spun goats' hair.
The Israelites brought a freewill offering to the Lord, every man and woman whose heart was willing to bring materials for all the work that the Lord through Moses had commanded them to do.
And he has put it in his heart to teach, he and Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan.
Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab and every skilled person in whom the Lord had put skill -- everyone whose heart stirred him to volunteer to do the work,
You must not hate your brother in your heart. You must surely reprove your fellow citizen so that you do not incur sin on account of him.
You must have this tassel so that you may look at it and remember all the commandments of the Lord and obey them and so that you do not follow after your own heart and your own eyes that lead you to unfaithfulness.
But if you seek the Lord your God from there, you will find him, if, indeed, you seek him with all your heart and soul.
Therefore, cleanse your heart and stop being so stubborn!
the blessing if you take to heart the commandments of the Lord your God that I am giving you today,
If a fellow Israelite from one of your villages in the land that the Lord your God is giving you should be poor, you must not harden your heart or be insensitive to his impoverished condition.
In addition, the officers are to say to the troops, "Who among you is afraid and fainthearted? He may go home so that he will not make his fellow soldier's heart as fearful as his own."
Today the Lord your God is commanding you to keep these statutes and ordinances, something you must do with all your heart and soul.
Among those nations you will have no rest nor will there be a place of peaceful rest for the soles of your feet, for there the Lord will give you an anxious heart, failing eyesight, and a spirit of despair.
Beware that the heart of no man, woman, clan, or tribe among you turns away from the Lord our God today to pursue and serve the gods of those nations; beware that there is among you no root producing poisonous and bitter fruit.
The Lord your God will also cleanse your heart and the hearts of your descendants so that you may love him with all your mind and being and so that you may live.
But carefully obey the commands and instructions Moses the Lord's servant gave you. Love the Lord your God, follow all his instructions, obey his commands, be loyal to him, and serve him with all your heart and being!"
"Look, today I am about to die. You know with all your heart and being that not even one of all the faithful promises the Lord your God made to you is left unfulfilled; every one was realized -- not one promise is unfulfilled!
My heart went out to Israel's leaders, to the people who answered the call to war. Praise the Lord!
Issachar's leaders were with Deborah, the men of Issachar supported Barak; into the valley they were sent under Barak's command. Among the clans of Reuben there was intense heart searching.
Why do you remain among the sheepfolds, listening to the shepherds playing their pipes for their flocks? As for the clans of Reuben -- there was intense searching of heart.
The Israelite army took heart and once more arranged their battle lines, in the same place where they had taken their positions the day before.
Now Hannah was speaking from her heart. Although her lips were moving, her voice was inaudible. Eli therefore thought she was drunk.
Hannah prayed, "My heart rejoices in the Lord; my horn is exalted high because of the Lord. I loudly denounce my enemies, for I am happy that you delivered me.
Then I will raise up for myself a faithful priest. He will do what is in my heart and soul. I will build for him a secure dynasty and he will serve my chosen one for all time.
Then Samuel said to the people, "Don't be afraid. You have indeed sinned. However, don't turn aside from the Lord. Serve the Lord with all your heart.
However, fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. Just look at the great things he has done for you!
But the Lord said to Samuel, "Don't be impressed by his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. God does not view things the way men do. People look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."
and the Lord will fulfill his promise to me, 'If your descendants watch their step and live faithfully in my presence with all their heart and being, then,' he promised, 'you will not fail to have a successor on the throne of Israel.'
When they return to you with all their heart and being in the land where they are held prisoner, and direct their prayers to you toward the land you gave to their ancestors, your chosen city, and the temple I built for your honor,
Jehu aimed his bow and shot an arrow right between Jehoram's shoulders. The arrow went through his heart and he fell to his knees in his chariot.
The king stood by the pillar and renewed the covenant before the Lord, agreeing to follow the Lord and to obey his commandments, laws, and rules with all his heart and being, by carrying out the terms of this covenant recorded on this scroll. All the people agreed to keep the covenant.
No king before or after repented before the Lord as he did, with his whole heart, soul, and being in accordance with the whole law of Moses.
When they return to you with all their heart and being in the land where they are held prisoner and direct their prayers toward the land you gave to their ancestors, your chosen city, and the temple I built for your honor,
They solemnly agreed to seek the Lord God of their ancestors with their whole heart and being.
All Judah was happy about the oath, because they made the vow with their whole heart. They willingly sought the Lord and he responded to them. He made them secure on every side.
He looked for Ahaziah, who was captured while hiding in Samaria. They brought him to Jehu and then executed him. They did give him a burial, for they reasoned, "He is the son of Jehoshaphat, who sought the Lord with his whole heart." There was no one in Ahaziah's family strong enough to rule in his place.
The king stood by his pillar and renewed the covenant before the Lord, agreeing to follow the Lord and to obey his commandments, laws, and rules with all his heart and being, by carrying out the terms of this covenant recorded on this scroll.
Blessed be the Lord God of our fathers, who so moved in the heart of the king to so honor the temple of the Lord which is in Jerusalem!
So the king said to me, "Why do you appear to be depressed when you aren't sick? What can this be other than sadness of heart?" This made me very fearful.
I got up during the night, along with a few men who were with me. But I did not tell anyone what my God was putting on my heart to do for Jerusalem. There were no animals with me, except for the one I was riding.
My God placed it on my heart to gather the leaders, the officials, and the ordinary people so they could be enrolled on the basis of genealogy. I found the genealogical records of those who had formerly returned. Here is what I found written in that record:
When you perceived that his heart was faithful toward you, you established a covenant with him to give his descendants the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, and the Girgashites. You have fulfilled your promise, for you are righteous.
He is wise in heart and mighty in strength -- who has resisted him and remained safe?
"But these things you have concealed in your heart; I know that this is with you:
Why has your heart carried you away, and why do your eyes flash,
My days have passed, my plans are shattered, even the desires of my heart.
whom I will see for myself, and whom my own eyes will behold, and not another. My heart grows faint within me.
Accept instruction from his mouth and store up his words in your heart.
Indeed, God has made my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me.
the blessing of the dying man descended on me, and I made the widow's heart rejoice;
My heart is in turmoil unceasingly; the days of my affliction confront me.
If my footsteps have strayed from the way, if my heart has gone after my eyes, or if anything has defiled my hands,
If my heart has been enticed by a woman, and I have lain in wait at my neighbor's door,
whose heart did not bless me as he warmed himself with the fleece of my sheep,
so that my heart was secretly enticed, and my hand threw them a kiss from my mouth,
if I have covered my transgressions as men do, by hiding iniquity in my heart,
My words come from the uprightness of my heart, and my lips will utter knowledge sincerely.
If God were to set his heart on it, and gather in his spirit and his breath,
The godless at heart nourish anger, they do not cry out even when he binds them.
At this also my heart pounds and leaps from its place.
Therefore people fear him, for he does not regard all the wise in heart."
Who has put wisdom in the heart, or has imparted understanding to the mind?
Its heart is hard as rock, hard as a lower millstone.
For the music director; according to the alumoth-labben style; a psalm of David. I will thank the Lord with all my heart! I will tell about all your amazing deeds!
So my heart rejoices and I am happy; My life is safe.
My strength drains away like water; all my bones are dislocated; my heart is like wax; it melts away inside me.
My heart tells me to pray to you, and I do pray to you, O Lord.
The Lord strengthens and protects me; I trust in him with all my heart. I am rescued and my heart is full of joy; I will sing to him in gratitude.
So now my heart will sing to you and not be silent; O Lord my God, I will always give thanks to you.
He is the one who forms every human heart, and takes note of all their actions.
My heart beats quickly; my strength leaves me; I can hardly see.
For the music director; according to the tune of "Lilies;" by the Korahites, a well-written poem, a love song. My heart is stirred by a beautiful song. I say, "I have composed this special song for the king; my tongue is as skilled as the stylus of an experienced scribe."
Create for me a pure heart, O God! Renew a resolute spirit within me!
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