'Mind' in the Bible
When the Lord saw that man’s wickedness was widespread on the earth and that every scheme his mind thought of was nothing but evil all the time,
His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
Why should the Egyptians say, ‘He brought them out with an evil intent to kill them in the mountains and wipe them off the face of the earth’? Turn from Your great anger and relent concerning this disaster planned for Your people.
So the Lord relented concerning the disaster He said He would bring on His people.
then the man is to bring his wife to the priest. He is also to bring an offering for her of two quarts of barley flour. He is not to pour oil over it or put frankincense on it because it is a grain offering of jealousy, a grain offering for remembrance that brings sin to mind.
God is not a man who lies,or a son of man who changes His mind.Does He speak and not act,or promise and not fulfill?
“Only be on your guard and diligently watch yourselves, so that you don’t forget the things your eyes have seen and so that they don’t slip from your mind as long as you live. Teach them to your children and your grandchildren.
Today, recognize and keep in mind that the Lord is God in heaven above and on earth below; there is no other.
Keep in mind that the Lord your God has been disciplining you just as a man disciplines his son.
Yet to this day the Lord has not given you a mind to understand, eyes to see, or ears to hear.
When someone hears the words of this oath, he may consider himself exempt, thinking, ‘I will have peace even though I follow my own stubborn heart.’ This will lead to the destruction of the well-watered land as well as the dry land.
“‘Then I will raise up a faithful priest for Myself. He will do whatever is in My heart and mind. I will establish a lasting dynasty for him, and he will walk before My anointed one for all time.
Furthermore, the Eternal One of Israel does not lie or change His mind, for He is not man who changes his mind.”
Joab son of Zeruiah observed that the king’s mind was on Absalom.
Indeed, I have kept all His ordinances in mindand have not disregarded His statutes.
and so that the Lord will carry out His promise that He made to me: ‘If your sons are careful to walk faithfully before Me with their whole mind and heart, you will never fail to have a man on the throne of Israel.’
and when they return to You with their whole mind and heartin the land of their enemies who took them captive,and when they pray to You in the direction of their landthat You gave their ancestors,the city You have chosen,and the temple I have built for Your name,
She came to Jerusalem with a very large entourage, with camels bearing spices, gold in great abundance, and precious stones. She came to Solomon and spoke to him about everything that was on her mind.
Next, the king stood by the pillar and made a covenant in the presence of the Lord to follow the Lord and to keep His commands, His decrees, and His statutes with all his mind and with all his heart, and to carry out the words of this covenant that were written in this book; all the people agreed to the covenant.
Before him there was no king like him who turned to the Lord with all his mind and with all his heart and with all his strength according to all the law of Moses, and no one like him arose after him.
So the God of Israel put it into the mind of Pul (that is, Tiglath-pileser) king of Assyria to take the Reubenites, Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh into exile. He took them to Halah, Habor, Hara, and Gozan’s river, where they are until today.
All these warriors, lined up in battle formation, came to Hebron fully determined to make David king over all Israel. All the rest of Israel was also of one mind to make David king.
Now determine in your mind and heart to seek the Lord your God. Get started building the Lord God’s sanctuary so that you may bring the ark of the Lord’s covenant and the holy articles of God to the temple that is to be built for the name of Yahweh.”
“As for you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands the intention of every thought. If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.
The plans contained everything he had in mind for the courts of the Lord’s house, all the surrounding chambers, the treasuries of God’s house, and the treasuries for what is dedicated.
and when they return to You with their whole mind and heartin the land of their captivity where they were taken captive,and when they pray in the direction of their landthat You gave their ancestors,and the city You have chosen,and toward the temple I have built for Your name,
The queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s fame, so she came to test Solomon with difficult questions at Jerusalem with a very large entourage, with camels bearing spices, gold in abundance, and precious stones. She came to Solomon and spoke with him about everything that was on her mind.
Then they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord God of their ancestors with all their mind and all their heart.
All Judah rejoiced over the oath, for they had sworn it with all their mind. They had sought Him with all their heart, and He was found by them. So the Lord gave them rest on every side.
His mind rejoiced in the Lord’s ways, and he again removed the high places and Asherah poles from Judah.
The Lord put it into the mind of the Philistines and the Arabs who live near the Cushites to attack Jehoram.
In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, the word of the Lord spoken through Jeremiah was fulfilled. The Lord put it into the mind of King Cyrus of Persia to issue a proclamation throughout his entire kingdom and also to put it in writing:
In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, the word of the Lord spoken through Jeremiah was fulfilled. The Lord put it into the mind of King Cyrus to issue a proclamation throughout his entire kingdom and to put it in writing:
Praise Yahweh the God of our fathers, who has put it into the king’s mind to glorify the house of the Lord in Jerusalem,
Then I replied to him, “There is nothing to these rumors you are spreading; you are inventing them in your own mind.”
Then my God put it into my mind to assemble the nobles, the officials, and the people to be registered by genealogy. I found the genealogical record of those who came back first, and I found the following written in it:
But I also have a mind;I am not inferior to you.Who doesn’t know the things you are talking about?
He will certainly accomplish what He has decreed for me,and He has many more things like these in mind.
If He put His mind to itand withdrew the spirit and breath He gave,
Who put wisdom in the heartor gave the mind understanding?
How long will I store up anxious concerns within me,agony in my mind every day?How long will my enemy dominate me?
I keep the Lord in mind always.Because He is at my right hand,I will not be shaken.
Indeed, I have kept all His ordinances in mindand have not disregarded His statutes.
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,who has not set his mind on what is false,and who has not sworn deceitfully.
Test me, Lord, and try me;examine my heart and mind.
For they have conspired with one mind;they form an alliance against You—
Teach me Your way, Yahweh,and I will live by Your truth.Give me an undivided mind to fear Your name.
For wisdom will enter your mind,and knowledge will delight your heart.
A man is praised for his insight,but a twisted mind is despised.
A discerning mind seeks knowledge,but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.
The mind of the righteous person thinks before answering,but the mouth of the wicked blurts out evil things.
One with a twisted mind will not succeed,and one with deceitful speech will fall into ruin.
The mind of the discerning acquires knowledge,and the ear of the wise seeks it.
Listen closely, pay attention to the words of the wise,and apply your mind to my knowledge.
Listen, my son, and be wise;keep your mind on the right course.
I applied my mind to seek and explore through wisdom all that is done under heaven. God has given people this miserable task to keep them occupied.
I said to myself, “Look, I have amassed wisdom far beyond all those who were over Jerusalem before me, and my mind has thoroughly grasped wisdom and knowledge.”
I applied my mind to know wisdom and knowledge, madness and folly; I learned that this too is a pursuit of the wind.
I explored with my mind how to let my body enjoy life with wine and how to grasp folly—my mind still guiding me with wisdom—until I could see what is good for people to do under heaven during the few days of their lives.
For all his days are filled with grief, and his occupation is sorrowful; even at night, his mind does not rest. This too is futile.
Surely, the practice of extortion turns a wise person into a fool,and a bribe destroys the mind.
All this I have seen, applying my mind to all the work that is done under the sun, at a time when one man has authority over another to his harm.
When I applied my mind to know wisdom and to observe the activity that is done on the earth (even though one’s eyes do not close in sleep day or night),
You will keep the mind that is dependent on Youin perfect peace,for it is trusting in You.
The reckless mind will gain knowledge,and the stammering tongue will speak clearly and fluently.
For a fool speaks foolishnessand his mind plots iniquity.He lives in a godless wayand speaks falsely about the Lord.He leaves the hungry emptyand deprives the thirsty of drink.
Your mind will meditate on the past terror:“Where is the accountant?Where is the tribute collector?Where is the one who spied out our defenses?”
He feeds on ashes.His deceived mind has led him astray,and he cannot deliver himself,or say, “Isn’t there a lie in my right hand?”
“For I will create a new heaven and a new earth;the past events will not be remembered or come to mind.
When you multiply and increase in the land, in those days”—the Lord’s declaration—“no one will say any longer, ‘The ark of the Lord’s covenant.’ It will never come to mind, and no one will remember or miss it. It will never again be made.
But, Lord of Hosts, who judges righteously,who tests heart and mind,let me see Your vengeance on them,for I have presented my case to You.
I, Yahweh, examine the mind,I test the heartto give to each according to his way,according to what his actions deserve.
Lord of Hosts, testing the righteousand seeing the heart and mind,let me see Your vengeance on them,for I have presented my case to You.
Set up road markers for yourself;establish signposts!Keep the highway in mind,the way you have traveled.Return, Virgin Israel!Return to these cities of yours.
I will take delight in them to do what is good for them, and with all My heart and mind I will faithfully plant them in this land.
“As for the incense you burned in Judah’s cities and in Jerusalem’s streets—you, your fathers, your kings, your officials, and the people of the land—did the Lord not remember them? He brought this to mind.
Sharpen the arrows!Fill the quivers!The Lord has put it into the mindof the kings of the Medesbecause His plan is aimed at Babylonto destroy her,for it is the Lord’s vengeance,vengeance for His temple.
You who have escaped the sword,go and do not stand still!Remember the Lord from far away,and let Jerusalem come to your mind.
Yet I call this to mind,and therefore I have hope:
Then the Spirit of the Lord came on me, and He told me, “You are to say: This is what the Lord says: That is what you are thinking, house of Israel; and I know the thoughts that arise in your mind.
“When you say, ‘Let us be like the nations, like the peoples of other countries, worshiping wood and stone,’ what you have in mind will never happen.
“This is what the Lord God says: On that day, thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will devise an evil plan.
But there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and He has let King Nebuchadnezzar know what will happen in the last days. Your dream and the visions that came into your mind as you lay in bed were these:
Your Majesty, while you were in your bed, thoughts came to your mind about what will happen in the future. The revealer of mysteries has let you know what will happen.
As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have more wisdom than anyone living, but in order that the interpretation might be made known to the king, and that you may understand the thoughts of your mind.
I had a dream, and it frightened me; while in my bed, the images and visions in my mind alarmed me.
In the visions of my mind as I was lying in bed, I saw this:There was a tree in the middle of the earth,and its height was great.
“As I was lying in my bed, I also saw in the visions of my mind an observer, a holy one, coming down from heaven.
Let his mind be changed from that of a man,and let him be given the mind of an animalfor seven periods of time.
He was driven away from people, his mind was like an animal’s, he lived with the wild donkeys, he was fed grass like cattle, and his body was drenched with dew from the sky until he acknowledged that the Most High God is ruler over the kingdom of men and sets anyone He wants over it.
As soon as the king heard this, he was very displeased; he set his mind on rescuing Daniel and made every effort until sundown to deliver him.
In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream with visions in his mind as he was lying in his bed. He wrote down the dream, and here is the summary of his account.
“The first was like a lion but had eagle’s wings. I continued watching until its wings were torn off. It was lifted up from the ground, set on its feet like a man, and given a human mind.
“As for me, Daniel, my spirit was deeply distressed within me, and the visions in my mind terrified me.
He will cause deceit to prosperthrough his cunning and by his influence,and in his own mind he will make himself great.He will destroy many in a time of peace;he will even stand against the Prince of princes.Yet he will be shattered—not by human hands.
So the Lord kept the disaster in mind and brought it on us, for the Lord our God is righteous in all He has done. But we have not obeyed Him.
“He answered, ‘I don’t want to!’ Yet later he changed his mind and went.
He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
When His family heard this, they set out to restrain Him, because they said, “He’s out of His mind.”
They came to Jesus and saw the man who had been demon-possessed by the legion, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.
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