Daily Devotions

Sunday, 24 January 2021

Proverbs 4:23

Mind Your Heart

The Proverbs was written in Hebrew and therefore must be interpreted the way the ancients would have understood them. The Hebrew word leb is translated as 'heart' in Proverbs 4:23. But a quick look through your Bible would give you plenty of other words into which leb was translated, including: mind, understanding, wisdom, and many others.

It seems that the West's usage of 'heart' - as in "I love my wife with all my heart" - would have been said by the Hebrews using the word 'kidneys', meaning deep within my bowels. And, where the Hebrews use 'heart', the West might instead use the word 'mind'. So we need to keep this in mind, or take it to heart, when see the word 'heart' in Scriptures.

"As a man thinketh, so is he" (Proverbs 23:7) and Jesus adds "for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." (Matthew 12:34) This is more troubling because Jeremiah warned that "the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9)

So what does one do? If out of the heart are the issues of life and it is wicked and deceitful, then it appears one needs a new heart. God takes care of that when he tells us, "A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh" (Ezekiel 36:26)

After receiving Christ and the new heart, one must guard their heart with all diligence. How? "Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind." (Romans 12:2) Read your Bible. Pray. Fellowship. (VAL)

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