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When the enemy heard that Jonathan and his men were ready for battle, their hearts sank with fear and dread. They lighted fires and then withdrew. [1MACC 12:28]

May God bless you and remember his covenant with his faithful servants, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. May he give to all of you a heart to worship him and to do his will readily and generously. May he open your heart to his law and his commandments and grant you peace. May he hear your prayers, and be reconciled to you, and never forsake you in time of adversity. [2MACC 1:2-5]

You will find in the records, not only that Jeremiah the prophet ordered the deportees to take some of the aforementioned fire with them, but also that the prophet, in giving them the law, admonished them not to forget the commandments of the Lord or be led astray in their thoughts, when seeing the gold and silver idols and their ornaments. With other similar words he urged them not to let the law depart from their hearts. [2MACC 2:1-3]

But because of the orders he had from the king, Heliodorus said that in any case the money must be confiscated for the royal treasury. So on the day he had set he went in to take an inventory of the funds. There was great distress throughout the city. Priests prostrated themselves in their priestly robes before the altar, and loudly begged him in heaven who had given the law about deposits to keep the deposits safe for those who had made them. Whoever saw the appearance of the high priest was pierced to the heart, for the changed color of his face manifested the anguish of his soul. The terror and bodily trembling that had come over the man clearly showed those who saw him the pain that lodged in his heart. People rushed out of their houses in crowds to make public supplication, because the Place was in danger of being profaned. [Taken from 2MACC 3:13-18]

Most admirable and worthy of everlasting remembrance was the mother, who saw her seven sons perish in a single day, yet bore it courageously because of her hope in the Lord. Filled with a noble spirit that stirred her womanly heart with manly courage, she exhorted each of them in the language of their forefathers with these words: "I do not know how you came into existence in my womb; it was not I who gave you the breath of life, nor was it I who set in order the elements of which each of you is composed. Therefore, since it is the Creator of the universe who shapes each man's beginning, as he brings about the origin of everything, he, in his mercy, will give you back both breath and life, because you now disregard yourselves for the sake of his law." [Taken from 2MACC 7:20-23]

When Maccabeus and his men learned that Lysias was besieging the strongholds, they and all the people begged the Lord with lamentations and tears to send a good angel to save Israel. Maccabeus himself was the first to take up arms, and he exhorted the others to join him in risking their lives to help their kinsmen. Then they resolutely set out together. Suddenly, while they were still near Jerusalem, a horseman appeared at their head, clothed in white garments and brandishing gold weapons. Then all of them together thanked God for his mercy, and their hearts were filled with such courage [Taken from 2MACC 11:6-9]

Encouraged by Judas' noble words, which had power to instill valor and stir young hearts to courage, the Jews determined not to delay, but to charge gallantly and decide the issue by hand-to-hand combat with the utmost courage, since their city and its temple with the sacred vessels were in danger. [2MACC 15:17]

Nicanor and his men advanced to the sound of trumpets and battle songs. But Judas and his men met the army with supplication and prayers. Fighting with their hands and praying to God with their hearts, they laid low at least thirty-five thousand, and rejoiced greatly over this manifestation of God's power. [Taken from 2MACC 15:25-27]

God is wise in heart and mighty in strength; who has withstood him and remained unscathed? [JOB 9:4]

Yet these things you have hidden in your heart; I know that they are your purpose: If I should sin, you would keep a watch against me, and from my guilt you would not absolve me. If I should be wicked, alas for me! if righteous, I dare not hold up my head, filled with ignominy and sodden with affliction! [Taken from JOB 10:13-15]

If you set your heart aright and stretch out your hands toward him, If you remove all iniquity from your conduct, and let not injustice dwell in your tent, Surely then you may lift up your face in innocence; you may stand firm and unafraid. [JOB 11:13-15]

My days are passed away, my plans are at an end, the cherished purposes of my heart. [JOB 17:11]

Receive instruction from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart. If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored; if you put iniquity far from your tent, And treat raw gold like dust, and the fine gold of Ophir as pebbles from the brook, Then the Almighty himself shall be your gold and your sparkling silver. [JOB 22:22-25]

My foot has always walked in his steps; his way I have kept and have not turned aside. From the commands of his lips I have not departed; the words of his mouth I have treasured in my heart. [JOB 23:11-12]

My justice I maintain and I will not relinquish it; my heart does not reproach me for any of my days. [JOB 27:6]

For I rescued the poor who cried out for help, the orphans, and the unassisted; The blessing of those in extremity came upon me, and the heart of the widow I made joyful. I wore my honesty like a garment; justice was my robe and my turban. [JOB 29:12-14]

If I have walked in falsehood and my foot has hastened to deceit; If my steps have turned out of the way, and my heart has followed my eyes, or any stain clings to my hands, Then may I sow, but another eat of it, or may my planting be rooted up! [JOB 31:5-8]

Behold, God rejects the obstinate in heart; he preserves not the life of the wicked. [JOB 36:5]

The Almighty! we cannot discover him, pre-eminent in power and judgment; his great justice owes no one an accounting. Therefore men revere him, though none can see him, however wise their hearts. [JOB 37:23-24]

Who puts wisdom in the heart, and gives the cock its understanding? [JOB 38:36]

Many say, "May we see better times! LORD, show us the light of your face!" But you have given my heart more joy than they have when grain and wine abound. In peace I shall both lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me secure. [Taken from PS 4:7-9]

For there is no sincerity in their mouths; their hearts are corrupt. Their throats are open graves; on their tongues are subtle lies. [PS 5:10]

Bring the malice of the wicked to an end; uphold the innocent, O God of justice, who tries hearts and minds. [PS 7:10]

A shield before me is God who saves the honest heart. [PS 7:11]

I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart; I will declare all your wondrous deeds. [PS 9:2]

Why, LORD, do you stand at a distance and pay no heed to these troubled times? Arrogant scoundrels pursue the poor; they trap them by their cunning schemes. The wicked even boast of their greed; these robbers curse and scorn the LORD. In their insolence the wicked boast: "God doesn't care, doesn't even exist." Yet their affairs always succeed; they ignore your judgment on high; they sneer at all who oppose them. They say in their hearts, "We will never fall; never will we see misfortune." Their mouths are full of oaths, violence, and lies; discord and evil are under their tongues... The helpless are crushed, laid low; they fall into the power of the wicked, Who say in their hearts, "God pays no attention, shows no concern, never bothers to look." Rise up, LORD God! Raise your arm! Do not forget the poor! Why should the wicked scorn God, say in their hearts, "God doesn't care"? But you do see; you do observe this misery and sorrow; you take the matter in hand. To you the helpless can entrust their cause; you are the defender of orphans. [Taken from PS 10:1-7,10-14]

Help, LORD, for no one loyal remains; the faithful have vanished from the human race Those who tell lies to one another speak with deceiving lips and a double heart. [PS 12:2-3]

How long, LORD? Will you utterly forget me? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I carry sorrow in my soul, grief in my heart day after day? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look upon me, answer me, LORD, my God! Give light to my eyes lest I sleep in death, Lest my enemy say, "I have prevailed," lest my foes rejoice at my downfall. I trust in your faithfulness. Grant my heart joy in your help, That I may sing of the LORD, "How good our God has been to me!" [PS 13:2-6]

Fools say in their hearts, "There is no God." Their deeds are loathsome and corrupt; not one does what is right. [PS 14:1]

LORD, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy mountain? Whoever walks without blame, doing what is right, speaking truth from the heart; Who does not slander a neighbor, does no harm to another, never defames a friend; Who disdains the wicked, but honors those who fear the LORD; Who keeps an oath despite the cost, lends no money at interest, accepts no bribe against the innocent. Whoever acts like this shall never be shaken. [PS 15:1-5]

I bless the LORD who counsels me; even at night my heart exhorts me. I keep the LORD always before me; with the Lord at my right, I shall never be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, my soul rejoices; my body also dwells secure, For you will not abandon me to Sheol, nor let your faithful servant see the pit. You will show me the path to life, abounding joy in your presence, the delights at your right hand forever. [PS 16:7-11]

From you let my vindication come; your eyes see what is right. You have tested my heart, searched it in the night. You have tried me by fire, but find no malice in me. My mouth has not transgressed as humans often do. As your lips have instructed me, I have kept the way of the law. My steps have kept to your paths; my feet have not faltered. [PS 17:2-5]

My ravenous enemies press upon me; they close their hearts, they fill their mouths with proud roaring. [PS 17:10]

The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart. The command of the LORD is clear, enlightening the eye. [PS 19:9]

Let the words of my mouth meet with your favor, keep the thoughts of my heart before you, LORD, my rock and my redeemer. [PS 19:15]

LORD, the king finds joy in your power; in your victory how greatly he rejoices! You have granted him his heart's desire; you did not refuse the prayer of his lips. [Taken from PS 21:2-3]

Like water my life drains away; all my bones grow soft. My heart has become like wax, it melts away within me. [PS 22:15]

"The poor will eat their fill; those who seek the LORD will offer praise. May your hearts enjoy life forever!" [Taken from PS 22:27]

Who may go up the mountain of the LORD? Who can stand in his holy place? "The clean of hand and pure of heart, who are not devoted to idols, who have not sworn falsely. They will receive blessings from the LORD, and justice from their saving God. Such are the people that love the LORD, that seek the face of the God of Jacob." [Taken from PS 24:3-6]

Relieve the troubles of my heart; bring me out of my distress. [PS 25:17]

Test me, LORD, and try me; search my heart and mind. [PS 26:2]

Though an army encamp against me, my heart does not fear; Though war be waged against me, even then do I trust. [PS 27:3]

"Come," says my heart, "seek God's face"; your face, LORD, do I seek! Do not hide your face from me; do not repel your servant in anger. You are my help; do not cast me off; do not forsake me, God my savior! Even if my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will take me in. [PS 27:8-10]

Do not drag me off with the wicked, with those who do wrong, Who speak peace to their neighbors though evil is in their hearts. [PS 28:3]

The LORD is my strength and my shield, in whom my heart trusted and found help. So my heart rejoices; with my song I praise my God. [PS 28:7]

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD. [PS 31:25]

Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you just; exult, all you upright of heart. [PS 32:11]

The one who fashioned the hearts of them all knows all their works. [PS 33:15]

Our soul waits for the LORD, who is our help and shield. For in God our hearts rejoice; in your holy name we trust. May your kindness, LORD, be upon us; we have put our hope in you. [PS 33:20-22]

Oppose, LORD, those who oppose me; war upon those who make war upon me. Take up the shield and buckler; rise up in my defense. Brandish lance and battle-ax against my pursuers. Say to my heart, "I am your salvation." Let those who seek my life be put to shame and disgrace. Let those who plot evil against me be turned back and confounded. [Taken from PS 35:1-4]

Defend me because you are just, LORD; my God, do not let them gloat over me. Do not let them say in their hearts, "Aha! Just what we wanted!" Do not let them say, "We have devoured that one!" Put to shame and confound all who relish my misfortune. Clothe with shame and disgrace those who lord it over me. But let those who favor my just cause shout for joy and be glad. May they ever say, "Exalted be the LORD who delights in the peace of his loyal servant." Then my tongue shall recount your justice, declare your praise, all the day long. [PS 35:24-28]

Sin directs the heart of the wicked; their eyes are closed to the fear of God. For they live with the delusion: their guilt will not be known and hated. [PS 36:2-3]

Continue your kindness toward your friends, your just defense of the honest heart. [PS 36:11]

Find your delight in the LORD who will give you your heart's desire. [PS 37:4]

The wicked draw their swords; they string their bows To fell the poor and oppressed, to slaughter those whose way is honest. Their swords will pierce their own hearts; their bows will be broken. [PS 37:14-15]

The mouths of the just utter wisdom; their tongues speak what is right. God's teaching is in their hearts; their steps do not falter. [PS 37:30-31]

My loins burn with fever; my flesh is afflicted. I am numb and utterly crushed; I wail with anguish of heart. My Lord, my deepest yearning is before you; my groaning is not hidden from you. My heart shudders, my strength forsakes me; the very light of my eyes has failed. Friends and companions shun my pain; my neighbors stand far off. Those who seek my life lay snares for me; they seek my misfortune, they speak of ruin; they plot treachery all the day. [PS 38:8-13]

I said, "I will watch my ways, lest I sin with my tongue; I will set a curb on my mouth." Dumb and silent before the wicked, I refrained from any speech. But my sorrow increased; my heart smoldered within me. In my thoughts a fire blazed up, and I broke into speech [Taken from PS 39:2-4]

"To do your will is my delight; my God, your law is in my heart!" [Taken from PS 40:9]

Your deed I did not hide within my heart; your loyal deliverance I have proclaimed. I made no secret of your enduring kindness to a great assembly. [PS 40:11]

When people come to visit me, they speak without sincerity. Their hearts store up malice; they leave and spread their vicious lies. My foes all whisper against me; they imagine the worst about me: I have a deadly disease, they say; I will never rise from my sickbed. Even the friend who had my trust, who shared my table, has scorned me. [Taken from PS 41:7-10]

Our hearts have not turned back, nor have our steps strayed from your path. [PS 44:19]

If we had forgotten the name of our God, stretched out our hands to another god, Would not God have discovered this, God who knows the secrets of the heart? [PS 44:21-22]

My heart is stirred by a noble theme, as I sing my ode to the king. My tongue is the pen of a nimble scribe. [PS 45:2]

Hear this, all you peoples! Give ear, all who inhabit the world, You of lowly birth or high estate, rich and poor alike. My mouth shall speak wisdom, my heart shall offer insight. I will turn my attention to a problem, expound my question to the music of a lyre. [PS 49:2-5]

True, I was born guilty, a sinner, even as my mother conceived me. Still, you insist on sincerity of heart; in my inmost being teach me wisdom. Cleanse me with hyssop, that I may be pure; wash me, make me whiter than snow. [Taken from PS 51:7-9]

A clean heart create for me, God; renew in me a steadfast spirit. [PS 51:12]

My sacrifice, God, is a broken spirit; God, do not spurn a broken, humbled heart. [PS 51:19]

Fools say in their hearts, "There is no God." Their deeds are loathsome and corrupt; not one does what is right. [PS 53:2]

Listen, God, to my prayer; do not hide from my pleading; hear me and give answer. I rock with grief; I groan at the uproar of the enemy, the clamor of the wicked. They heap trouble upon me, savagely accuse me. My heart pounds within me; death's terrors fall upon me. Fear and trembling overwhelm me; shuddering sweeps over me. [PS 55:2-6]

Let death take them by surprise; let them go down alive to Sheol, for evil is in their homes and hearts. But I will call upon God, and the LORD will save me. At dusk, dawn, and noon I will grieve and complain, and my prayer will be heard. God will give me freedom and peace from those who war against me, though there are many who oppose me. God, who sits enthroned forever, will hear me and humble them. For they will not mend their ways; they have no fear of God. They strike out at friends and go back on their promises. Softer than butter is their speech, but war is in their hearts. Smoother than oil are their words, but they are unsheathed swords. Cast your care upon the LORD, who will give you support. God will never allow the righteous to stumble. But you, God, will bring them down to the pit of destruction. These bloodthirsty liars will not live half their days, but I put my trust in you. [PS 55:16-24]

My heart is steadfast, God, my heart is steadfast. I will sing and chant praise. [PS 57:8]

Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer! From the brink of Sheol I call; my heart grows faint. Raise me up, set me on a rock, for you are my refuge, a tower of strength against the foe. Then I will ever dwell in your tent, take refuge in the shelter of your wings. [Taken from PS 61:2-5]

Trust God at all times, my people! Pour out your hearts to God our refuge! [Taken from PS 62:9]

Mortals are a mere breath, the powerful but an illusion; On a balance they rise; together they are lighter than air. Do not trust in extortion; in plunder put no empty hope. Though wealth increase, do not set your heart upon it. One thing God has said; two things I have heard: Power belongs to God; so too, Lord, does kindness, And you render to each of us according to our deeds. [PS 62:10-13]

Hide me from the malicious crowd, the mob of evildoers. They sharpen their tongues like swords, ready their bows for arrows of poison words. They shoot at the innocent from ambush, shoot without risk, catch them unawares. They resolve on their wicked plan; they conspire to set snares; they say: "Who will see us?" They devise wicked schemes, conceal the schemes they devise; the designs of their hearts are hidden. [PS 64:3-7]

I called to the Lord with my mouth; praise was upon my tongue. Had I cherished evil in my heart, the Lord would not have heard. But God did hear and listened to my voice in prayer. Blessed be God, who did not refuse me the kindness I sought in prayer. [PS 66:17-20]

Insult has broken my heart, and I am weak; I looked for compassion, but there was none, for comforters, but found none. Instead they put gall in my food; for my thirst they gave me vinegar. [Taken from PS 69:21-22]

"See, you lowly ones, and be glad; you who seek God, take heart! For the LORD hears the poor, does not spurn those in bondage. Let the heavens and the earth sing praise, the seas and whatever moves in them!" [PS 69:33-35]

How good God is to the upright, the Lord, to those who are clean of heart! [PS 73:1]

Out of their stupidity comes sin; evil thoughts flood their hearts. [PS 73:7]

Is it in vain that I have kept my heart clean, washed my hands in innocence? For I am afflicted day after day, chastised every morning. Had I thought, "I will speak as they do," I would have betrayed your people. Though I tried to understand all this, it was too difficult for me, Till I entered the sanctuary of God and came to understand their end. You set them, indeed, on a slippery road; you hurl them down to ruin. How suddenly they are devastated; undone by disasters forever! [PS 73:13-19]

Since my heart was embittered and my soul deeply wounded, I was stupid and could not understand; I was like a brute beast in your presence. Yet I am always with you; you take hold of my right hand. With your counsel you guide me, and at the end receive me with honor. Whom else have I in the heavens? None beside you delights me on earth. Though my flesh and my heart fail, God is the rock of my heart, my portion forever. But those who are far from you perish; you destroy those unfaithful to you. As for me, to be near God is my good, to make the Lord GOD my refuge. I shall declare all your works in the gates of daughter Zion. [PS 73:21-28]

God ended their days abruptly, their years in sudden death. When he slew them, they began to seek him; they again inquired of their God. They remembered that God was their rock, God Most High, their redeemer. But they deceived him with their mouths, lied to him with their tongues. Their hearts were not constant toward him; they were not faithful to his covenant. But God is merciful and forgave their sin; he did not utterly destroy them. Time and again he turned back his anger, unwilling to unleash all his rage. [Taken from PS 78:33-38]

He chose David his servant, took him from the sheepfold. From tending sheep God brought him, to shepherd Jacob, his people, Israel, his heritage. He shepherded them with a pure heart; with skilled hands he guided them. [PS 78:70-72]

"But my people did not listen to my words; Israel did not obey me. So I gave them over to hardness of heart; they followed their own designs. But even now if my people would listen, if Israel would walk in my paths, In a moment I would subdue their foes, against their enemies unleash my hand. Those who hate the LORD would tremble, their doom sealed forever. But Israel I would feed with the finest wheat, satisfy them with honey from the rock." [Taken from PS 81:12-17]

How lovely your dwelling, O LORD of hosts! My soul yearns and pines for the courts of the LORD. My heart and flesh cry out for the living God. As the sparrow finds a home and the swallow a nest to settle her young, My home is by your altars, LORD of hosts, my king and my God! Happy are those who dwell in your house! They never cease to praise you. [PS 84:2-5]

Happy are those who find refuge in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrim roads. [PS 84:6]

Teach me, LORD, your way that I may walk in your truth, single-hearted and revering your name. I will praise you with all my heart, glorify your name forever, Lord my God. [PS 86:11-12]

Teach us to count our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart. [PS 90:12]

Judgment shall again be just, and all the upright of heart will follow it. [PS 94:15]

Oh, that today you would hear his voice: Do not harden your hearts as at Meribah, as on the day of Massah in the desert. There your ancestors tested me; they tried me though they had seen my works. Forty years I loathed that generation; I said: "This people's heart goes astray; they do not know my ways." Therefore I swore in my anger: "They shall never enter my rest." [Taken from PS 95:7-11]

The LORD loves those who hate evil, protects the lives of the faithful, rescues them from the hand of the wicked. Light dawns for the just; gladness, for the honest of heart. Rejoice in the LORD, you just, and praise his holy name. [PS 97:10-12]

I sing of love and justice; to you, LORD, I sing praise. I follow the way of integrity; when will you come to me? I act with integrity of heart within my royal court. I do not allow into my presence anyone who speaks perversely. Whoever acts shamefully I hate; no such person can be my friend. I shun the devious of heart; the wicked I do not tolerate. Whoever slanders another in secret I reduce to silence. Haughty eyes and arrogant hearts I cannot endure. [PS 101:1-5] 

You water the mountains from your palace; by your labor the earth abounds. You raise grass for the cattle and plants for our beasts of burden. You bring bread from the earth, and wine to gladden our hearts, Oil to make our faces gleam, food to build our strength. [PS 104:13-15]

Glory in his holy name; rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD! [PS 105:3]

Some lived in darkness and gloom, in prison, bound with chains, Because they rebelled against God's word, scorned the counsel of the Most High, Who humbled their hearts through hardship; they stumbled with no one to help. In their distress they cried to the LORD, who saved them in their peril, Led them forth from darkness and gloom and broke their chains asunder. Let them thank the LORD for such kindness, such wondrous deeds for mere mortals. [PS 107:10-15]

They saw the works of the LORD, the wonders of God in the deep. He spoke and roused a storm wind; it tossed the waves on high. They rose up to the heavens, sank to the depths; their hearts trembled at the danger. They reeled, staggered like drunkards; their skill was of no avail. In their distress they cried to the LORD, who brought them out of their peril, Hushed the storm to a murmur; the waves of the sea were stilled. They rejoiced that the sea grew calm, that God brought them to the harbor they longed for. [Taken from PS 107:24-30]

My heart is steadfast, God; my heart is steadfast. I will sing and chant praise. [PS 108:2]

For I am sorely in need; my heart is pierced within me. [PS 109:22]

Hallelujah. I will praise the LORD with all my heart in the assembled congregation of the upright. [PS 111:1]

Hallelujah! Happy are those who fear the LORD, who greatly delight in God's commands. Their descendants shall be mighty in the land, generation upright and blessed. Wealth and riches shall be in their homes; their prosperity shall endure forever. They shine through the darkness, a light for the upright; they are gracious, merciful, and just. All goes well for those gracious in lending, who conduct their affairs with justice. They shall never be shaken; the just shall be remembered forever. They shall not fear an ill report; their hearts are steadfast, trusting the LORD. Their hearts are tranquil, without fear, till at last they look down on their foes. Lavishly they give to the poor; their prosperity shall endure forever; their horn shall be exalted in honor. The wicked shall be angry to see this; they will gnash their teeth and waste away; the desires of the wicked come to nothing. [PS 112:1-10]

Happy those whose way is blameless, who walk by the teaching of the LORD. Happy those who observe God's decrees, who seek the LORD with all their heart. They do no wrong; they walk in God's ways. [PS 119:1-3]

I will praise you with sincere heart as I study your just edicts. [PS 119:7]

How can the young walk without fault? Only by keeping your words. With all my heart I seek you; do not let me stray from your commands. In my heart I treasure your promise, that I may not sin against you. [PS 119:9-11]

I will run the way of your commands, for you open my docile heart. [PS 119:32]

LORD, teach me the way of your laws; I shall observe them with care. Give me insight to observe your teaching, to keep it with all my heart. Lead me in the path of your commands, for that is my delight. Direct my heart toward your decrees and away from unjust gain. Avert my eyes from what is worthless; by your way give me life. For your servant fulfill your promise made to those who fear you. Turn away from me the taunts I dread, for your edicts bring good. See how I long for your precepts; in your justice give me life. [PS 119:33-40]

I entreat you with all my heart: have mercy on me in accord with your promise. [PS 119:58]

Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I hold to your promise. You are good and do what is good; teach me your laws. The arrogant smear me with lies, but I observe your precepts with all my heart. Their hearts are gross and fat; as for me, your teaching is my delight. It was good for me to be afflicted, in order to learn your laws. Teaching from your lips is more precious to me than heaps of silver and gold. [PS 119:67-72]

Your decrees are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart. My heart is set on fulfilling your laws; they are my reward forever. [PS 119:111-112]

I call with all my heart, O LORD; answer me that I may observe your laws. I call to you to save me that I may keep your decrees. [PS 119:145-146]

Princes persecute me without reason, but my heart reveres only your word. [PS 119:161]

Do good, LORD, to the good, to those who are upright of heart. [Taken from PS 125:4]

LORD, my heart is not proud; nor are my eyes haughty. I do not busy myself with great matters, with things too sublime for me. Rather, I have stilled my soul, hushed it like a weaned child. Like a weaned child on its mother's lap, so is my soul within me. [PS 131:1-2]

Probe me, God, know my heart; try me, know my concerns. See if my way is crooked, then lead me in the ancient paths. [PS 139:23-24]

Deliver me, LORD, from the wicked; preserve me from the violent, From those who plan evil in their hearts, who stir up conflicts every day, Who sharpen their tongues like serpents, venom of asps upon their lips. [Taken from PS 140:2-4]

Set a guard, LORD, before my mouth, a gatekeeper at my lips. Do not let my heart incline to evil, or yield to any sin. I will never feast upon the fine food of evildoers. [PS 141:3-4]

LORD, hear my prayer; in your faithfulness listen to my pleading; answer me in your justice. Do not enter into judgment with your servant; before you no living being can be just. The enemy has pursued me; they have crushed my life to the ground. They have left me in darkness like those long dead. My spirit is faint within me; my heart is dismayed. I remember the days of old; I ponder all your deeds; the works of your hands I recall. I stretch out my hands to you; I thirst for you like a parched land. Hasten to answer me, LORD; for my spirit fails me. Do not hide your face from me, lest I become like those descending to the pit. [Taken from PS 143:1-7]

My son, if you receive my words and treasure my commands, Turning your ear to wisdom, inclining your heart to understanding; Yes, if you call to intelligence, and to understanding raise your voice; If you seek her like silver, and like hidden treasures search her out: Then will you understand the fear of the LORD; the knowledge of God you will find; For the LORD gives wisdom, from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; He has counsel in store for the upright, he is the shield of those who walk honestly, Guarding the paths of justice, protecting the way of his pious ones. Then you will understand rectitude and justice, honesty, every good path; For wisdom will enter your heart, knowledge will please your soul, Discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you; Saving you from the way of evil men, from men of perverse speech, Who leave the straight paths to walk in the way of darkness, Who delight in doing evil, rejoice in perversity; Whose ways are crooked, and devious their paths [Taken from PROV 2:1-15]

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, on your own intelligence rely not; In all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths. [PROV 3:5-6]

When I was my father's child, frail, yet the darling of my mother, He taught me, and said to me: "Let your heart hold fast my words: keep my commands, that you may live!" [Taken from PROV 4:3-4]

My son, to my words be attentive, to my sayings incline your ear; Let them not slip out of your sight, keep them within your heart; For they are life to those who find them, to man's whole being they are health. [PROV 4:20-22]

With closest custody, guard your heart, for in it are the sources of life. Put away from you dishonest talk, deceitful speech put far from you. Let your eyes look straight ahead and your glance be directly forward. Survey the path for your feet, and let all your ways be sure. Turn neither to right nor to left, keep your foot far from evil. [PROV 4:23-27]

The lips of an adulteress drip with honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil; But in the end she is as bitter as wormwood, as sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death, to the nether world her steps attain; Lest you see before you the road to life, her paths will ramble, you know not where. So now, O children, listen to me, go not astray from the words of my mouth. Keep your way far from her, approach not the door of her house, Lest you give your honor to others, and your years to a merciless one; Lest strangers have their fill of your wealth, your hard-won earnings go to an alien's house; And you groan in the end, when your flesh and your body are consumed; And you say, "Oh, why did I hate instruction, and my heart spurn reproof! Why did I not listen to the voice of my teachers, nor to my instructors incline my ear! I have all but come to utter ruin, condemned by the public assembly!" [PROV 5:3-14]

A scoundrel, a villain, is he who deals in crooked talk. He winks his eyes, shuffles his feet, makes signs with his fingers; He has perversity in his heart, is always plotting evil, sows discord. Therefore suddenly ruin comes upon him; in an instant he is crushed beyond cure. [PROV 6:12-15]

There are six things the LORD hates, yes, seven are an abomination to him; Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood; A heart that plots wicked schemes, feet that run swiftly to evil, The false witness who utters lies, and he who sows discord among brothers. [PROV 6:16-19]

Observe, my son, your father's bidding, and reject not your mother's teaching; Keep them fastened over your heart always, put them around your neck; For the bidding is a lamp, and the teaching a light, and a way to life are the reproofs of discipline; To keep you from your neighbor's wife, from the smooth tongue of the adulteress. Lust not in your heart after her beauty, let her not captivate you with her glance! For the price of a loose woman may be scarcely a loaf of bread, But if she is married, she is a trap for your precious life. Can a man take fire to his bosom, and his garments not burned? Or can a man walk on live coals, and his feet not be scorched? So with him who goes in to his neighbor's wife - none who touches her shall go unpunished. [PROV 6:20-29]

My son, keep my words, and treasure my commands. Keep my commands and live, my teaching as the apple of your eye; Bind them on your fingers, write them on the tablet of your heart. [PROV 7:1-3]

Let not your heart turn to [an adulteress'] ways, go not astray in her paths; For many are those she has struck down dead, numerous, those she has slain. Her house is made up of ways to the nether world, leading down into the chambers of death. [Taken from PROV 7:25-27]

Like choice silver is the just man's tongue; the heart of the wicked is of little worth. [PROV 10:20]

The depraved in heart are an abomination to the LORD, but those who walk blamelessly are his delight. [PROV 11:20]

The just man takes care of his beast, but the heart of the wicked is merciless. [PROV 12:10]

A shrewd man conceals his knowledge, but the hearts of fools gush forth folly. [PROV 12:23]

Anxiety in a man's heart depresses it, but a kindly word makes it glad. [PROV 12:25]

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a wish fulfilled is a tree of life. [PROV 13:12]

The heart knows its own bitterness, and in its joy no one else shares. [PROV 14:10]

Even in laughter the heart may be sad, and the end of joy may be sorrow. [PROV 14:13]

In the heart of the intelligent wisdom abides, but in the bosom of fools it is unknown. [PROV 14:33]

The lips of the wise disseminate knowledge, but the heart of fools is perverted. [PROV 15:7]

The nether world and the abyss lie open before the LORD; how much more the hearts of men! [PROV 15:11]

A glad heart lights up the face, but by mental anguish the spirit is broken. [PROV 15:13]

A cheerful glance brings joy to the heart; good news invigorates the bones. [PROV 15:30]

Man may make plans in his heart, but what the tongue utters is from the LORD. [PROV 16:1]

The crucible for silver, and the furnace for gold, but the tester of hearts is the LORD. [PROV 17:3]

He who is perverse in heart finds no good, and a double-tongued man falls into trouble. [PROV 17:20]

A joyful heart is the health of the body, but a depressed spirit dries up the bones. [PROV 17:22]

Before his downfall a man's heart is haughty, but humility goes before honors. [PROV 18:12]

A man's own folly upsets his way, but his heart is resentful against the LORD. [PROV 19:3]

Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the decision of the LORD that endures. [PROV 19:21]

The intention in the human heart is like water far below the surface, but the man of intelligence draws it forth. [PROV 20:5]

Who can say, "I have made my heart clean, I am cleansed of my sin"? [PROV 20:9]

Like a stream is the king's heart in the hand of the LORD; wherever it pleases him, he directs it. [PROV 21:1]

All the ways of a man may be right in his own eyes, but it is the LORD who proves hearts. [PROV 21:2]

Haughty eyes and a proud heart - the tillage of the wicked is sin. [PROV 21:4]

The LORD loves the pure of heart; the man of winning speech has the king for his friend. [PROV 22:11]

Folly is close to the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him. [PROV 22:15]

The sayings of the wise: Incline your ear, and hear my words, and apply your heart to my doctrine; For it will be well if you keep them in your bosom, if they all are ready on your lips. [Taken from PROV 22:17-18]

Do not take food with a grudging man, and do not desire his dainties; For in his greed he is like a storm. "Eat and drink," he says to you, though his heart is not with you; The little you have eaten you will vomit up, and you will have wasted your agreeable words. [PROV 23:6-8]

Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to words of knowledge. [PROV 23:12]

My son, if your heart be wise, my own heart also will rejoice; And my inmost being will exult, when your lips speak what is right. [PROV 23:15-16]

Let not your heart emulate sinners, but be zealous for the fear of the LORD always; For you will surely have a future, and your hope will not be cut off. [PROV 23:17-18]

Hear, my son, and be wise, and guide your heart in the right way. [PROV 23:19]

My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes keep to my ways. [PROV 23:26]

Those who linger long over wine, those who engage in trials of blended wine. Look not on the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the glass. It goes down smoothly; but in the end it bites like a serpent, or like a poisonous adder. Your eyes behold strange sights, and your heart utters disordered thoughts; You are like one now lying in the depths of the sea, now sprawled at the top of the mast. "They struck me, but it pained me not; They beat me, but I felt it not; When shall I awake to seek wine once again?" [PROV 23:30-35]

Be not emulous of evil men, and desire not to be with them; For their hearts plot violence, and their lips speak of foul play. [PROV 24:1-2]

If you remain indifferent in time of adversity, your strength will depart from you. Rescue those who are being dragged to death, and from those tottering to execution withdraw not. If you say, "I know not this man!" does not he who tests hearts perceive it? He who guards your life knows it, and he will repay each one according to his deeds. [PROV 24:10-12]

Rejoice not when your enemy falls, and when he stumbles, let not your heart exult, Lest the LORD see it, be displeased with you, and withdraw his wrath from your enemy. [PROV 24:17-18]

As the heavens in height, and the earth in depth, the heart of kings is unfathomable. [PROV 25:3]

Like a moth in clothing, or a maggot in wood, sorrow gnaws at the human heart. [PROV 25:20]

Like a glazed finish on earthenware are smooth lips with a wicked heart. [PROV 26:23]

With his lips an enemy pretends, but in his inmost being he maintains deceit; When he speaks graciously, trust him not, for seven abominations are in his heart. [PROV 26:24-25]

Perfume and incense gladden the heart, but by grief the soul is torn asunder. [PROV 27:9]

If you are wise, my son, you will gladden my heart, and I will be able to rebut him who taunts me. [PROV 27:11]

As one face differs from another, so does one human heart from another. [PROV 27:19]

Happy the man who is always on his guard; but he who hardens his heart will fall into evil. [PROV 28:14]

When one finds a worthy wife, her value is far beyond pearls. Her husband, entrusting his heart to her, has an unfailing prize. She brings him good, and not evil, all the days of her life. [Taken from PROV 31:10-12]

Nothing that my eyes desired did I deny them, nor did I deprive myself of any joy, but my heart rejoiced in the fruit of all my toil. This was my share for all my toil. But when I turned to all the works that my hands had wrought, and to the toil at which I had taken such pains, behold! all was vanity and a chase after wind, with nothing gained under the sun. [ECCL 2:10-11]

For what profit comes to a man from all the toil and anxiety of heart with which he has labored under the sun? [ECCL 2:22]

I have considered the task which God has appointed for men to be busied about. He has made everything appropriate to its time, and has put the timeless into their hearts, without men's ever discovering, from beginning to end, the work which God has done. [Taken from ECCL 3:10-11]

Then the LORD said to me: Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem: Hear the words of this covenant and obey them. Urgently and constantly I warned your fathers to obey my voice, from the day I brought them up out of the land of Egypt even to this day. But they did not listen or give ear. Each one followed the hardness of his evil heart, till I brought upon them all the threats of this covenant which they had failed to observe as I commanded them. [JER 11:6-8]

Many shepherds have ravaged my vineyard, have trodden my heritage underfoot; The portion that delighted me they have turned into a desert waste. They have made it a mournful waste, desolate it lies before me, Desolate, all the land, because no one takes it to heart. [JER 12:10-11]

Again I went to the Parath, sought out and took the loincloth from the place where I had hid it. But it was rotted, good for nothing! Then the message came to me from the LORD: Thus says the LORD: So also I will allow the pride of Judah to rot, the great pride of Jerusalem. This wicked people who refuse to obey my words, who walk in the stubbornness of their hearts, and follow strange gods to serve and adore them, shall be like this loincloth which is good for nothing. For, as close as the loincloth clings to a man's loins, so had I made the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah cling to me, says the LORD; to be my people, my renown, my praise, my beauty. But they did not listen. [Taken from JER 13:7-11]

The LORD said to me: Even if Moses and Samuel stood before me, my heart would not turn toward this people. Send them away from me. If they ask you where they should go, tell them, Thus says the LORD: Whoever is marked for death, to death; whoever is marked for the sword, to the sword; whoever is marked for famine, to famine; whoever is marked for captivity, to captivity. Four kinds of scourge I have decreed against them, says the LORD [Taken from JER 15:1-3]

When I found your words, I devoured them; they became my joy and the happiness of my heart, Because I bore your name, O LORD, God of hosts. [JER 15:16]

For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Before your very eyes and during your lifetime I will silence from this place the cry of joy and the cry of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride. When you proclaim all these words to this people and they ask you: "Why has the LORD pronounced all these great evils against us? What is our crime? What sin have we committed against the LORD, our God?" - you shall answer them: It is because your fathers have forsaken me, says the LORD, and followed strange gods, which they served and worshiped; but me they have forsaken, and my law they have not observed. And you have done worse than your fathers. Here you are, every one of you, walking in the hardness of his evil heart instead of listening to me. I will cast you out of this land into a land that neither you nor your fathers have known; there you can serve strange gods day and night, because I will not grant you my mercy. [JER 16:9-13]

The sin of Judah is written with an iron stylus, Engraved with a diamond point upon the tablets of their hearts... Your wealth and all your treasures I will give as spoil. In recompense for all your sins throughout your borders, You will relinquish your hold on your heritage which I have given you. I will enslave you to your enemies in a land that you know not: For a fire has been kindled by my wrath that will burn forever. [Taken from JER 17:1,3-4]

Thus says the LORD: Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings, who seeks his strength in flesh, whose heart turns away from the LORD. He is like a barren bush in the desert that enjoys no change of season, But stands in a lava waste, a salt and empty earth. Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose hope is the LORD. He is like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its roots to the stream: It fears not the heat when it comes, its leaves stay green; In the year of drought it shows no distress, but still bears fruit. [JER 17:5-8]

More tortuous than all else is the human heart, beyond remedy; who can understand it? I, the LORD, alone probe the mind and test the heart, To reward everyone according to his ways, according to the merit of his deeds. [JER 17:9-10]

And now, tell this to the men of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem: Thus says the LORD: Take care! I am fashioning evil against you and making a plan. Return, each of you, from his evil way; reform your ways and your deeds. But they will say, "No use! We will follow our own devices; each one of us will behave according to the stubbornness of his evil heart!" [JER 18:11-12]

I say to myself, I will not mention him, I will speak in his name no more. But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones; I grow weary holding it in, I cannot endure it. [JER 20:9]

Must you prove your rank among kings by competing with them in cedar? Did not your father eat and drink? He did what was right and just, and it went well with him. Because he dispensed justice to the weak and the poor, it went well with him. Is this not true knowledge of me? says the LORD. But your eyes and heart are set on nothing except on your own gain, On shedding innocent blood, on practicing oppression and extortion. [Taken from JER 22:15-17]

Concerning the prophets: My heart within me is broken, my bones all tremble; I am like a man who is drunk, overcome by wine, Because of the LORD, because of his holy words. [JER 23:9]

Thus says the LORD of hosts: Listen not to the words of your prophets, who fill you with emptiness; Visions of their own fancy they speak, not from the mouth of the LORD. They say to those who despise the word of the LORD, "Peace shall be yours"; And to everyone who walks in hardness of heart, "No evil shall overtake you." [Taken from JER 23:16-17]

The anger of the LORD shall not abate until he has done and fulfilled what he has determined in his heart. When the time comes, you shall fully understand. [JER 23:20]

I will give them a heart with which to understand that I am the LORD. They shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart. [JER 24:7]

Thus says the LORD: Only after seventy years have elapsed for Babylon will I visit you and fulfill for you my promise to bring you back to this place. For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare, not for woe! plans to give you a future full of hope. When you call me, when you go to pray to me, I will listen to you. When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, you will find me with you, says the LORD, and I will change your lot; I will gather you together from all the nations and all the places to which I have banished you, says the LORD, and bring you back to the place from which I have exiled you. [Taken from JER 29:10-14]

Is Ephraim not my favored son, the child in whom I delight? Often as I threaten him, I still remember him with favor; My heart stirs for him, I must show him mercy, says the LORD. [JER 31:20]

The days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers the day I took them by the hand to lead them forth from the land of Egypt; for they broke my covenant and I had to show myself their master, says the LORD. But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD. I will place my law within them, and write it upon their hearts; I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer will they have need to teach their friends and kinsmen how to know the LORD. All, from least to greatest, shall know me, says the LORD, for I will forgive their evildoing and remember their sin no more. [JER 31:31-34]

Now, therefore, thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning this city, which as you say is handed over to the king of Babylon amid sword, famine, and pestilence: Behold, I will gather them together from all the lands to which in anger, wrath, and great rage I banish them; I will bring them back to this place and settle them here in safety. They shall be my people, and I will be their God. One heart and one way I will give them, that they may fear me always, to their own good and that of their children after them. I will make with them an eternal covenant, never to cease doing good to them; into their hearts I will put the fear of me, that they may never depart from me. I will take delight in doing good to them: I will replant them firmly in this land, with all my heart and soul. For thus says the LORD: Just as I brought upon this people all this great evil, so I will bring upon them all the good I promise them. the LORD. [JER 32:36-42]

Small will I make you among the nations, despised among men! The terror you spread beguiled you, and your presumption of heart; You that live in rocky crags, that hold the heights of the hill: Though you build your nest high as the eagle, from there I will drag you down, says the LORD. [JER 49:15-16]

"Look, O LORD, upon my distress: all within me is in ferment, My heart recoils within me from my monstrous rebellion. In the streets the sword bereaves, at home death stalks. Give heed to my groaning; there is no one to console me. All my enemies rejoice at my misfortune: it is you who have wrought it. Bring on the day you have proclaimed, that they may be even as I. Let all their evil come before you; deal with them As you have dealt with me for all my sins; My groans are many, and I am sick at heart." [LAM 1:20-22]

Cry out to the Lord; moan, O daughter Zion! Let your tears flow like a torrent day and night; Let there be no respite for you, no repose for your eyes. Rise up, shrill in the night, at the beginning of every watch; Pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord; Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your little ones [Taken from LAM 2:18-19]

Let us reach out our hearts toward God in heaven! [LAM 3:41]

The joy of our hearts has ceased, our dance has turned into mourning; The garlands have fallen from our heads: woe to us, for we have sinned! Over this our hearts are sick, at this our eyes grow dim: That Mount Zion should be desolate, with jackals roaming there! [LAM 5:15-18]

From the time the LORD led our fathers out of the land of Egypt until the present day, we have been disobedient to the LORD, our God, and only too ready to disregard his voice. And the evils and the curse which the LORD enjoined upon Moses, his servant, at the time he led our fathers forth from the land of Egypt to give us the land flowing with milk and honey, cling to us even today. For we did not heed the voice of the LORD, our God, in all the words of the prophets whom he sent us, but each one of us went off after the devices of our own wicked hearts, served other gods, and did evil in the sight of the LORD, our God. [BARUCH 1:19-22]

"Justice is with the LORD, our God; and we, like our fathers, are flushed with shame even today. All the evils of which the LORD had warned us have come upon us: and we did not plead before the LORD, or turn, each from the figments of his evil heart. And the LORD kept watch over the evils, and brought them home to us; for the LORD is just in all the works he commanded us to do, but we did not heed his voice, or follow the precepts of the LORD which he set before us." [Taken from BARUCH 2:6-10]

But with us, O Lord, our God, you have dealt in all your clemency and in all your great mercy. This was your warning through your servant Moses, the day you ordered him to write down your law in the presence of the Israelites: If you do not heed my voice, surely this great and numerous throng will dwindle away among the nations to which I will scatter them. For I know they will not heed me, because they are a stiff-necked people. But in the land of their captivity they shall have a change of heart; they shall know that I, the LORD, am their God. I will give them hearts, and heedful ears; and they shall praise me in the land of their captivity, and shall invoke my name. Then they shall turn back from their stiff-necked stubbornness, and from their evil deeds, because they shall remember the fate of their fathers who sinned against the LORD. And I will bring them back to the land which with my oath I promised to their fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; and they shall rule it. I will make them increase; they shall not then diminish. And I will establish for them, as an eternal covenant, that I will be their God, and they shall be my people; and I will not again remove my people Israel from the land I gave them. [BARUCH 2:27-35]

"Fear not, my children; call out to God! He who brought this upon you will remember you. As your hearts have been disposed to stray from God, turn now ten times the more to seek him; For he who has brought disaster upon you will, in saving you, bring you back enduring joy." [Taken from BARUCH 4:27-29]

When you reach Babylon you will be there many years, a period seven generations long; after which I will bring you back from there in peace. And now in Babylon you will see borne upon men's shoulders gods of silver and gold and wood, which cast fear upon the pagans. Take care that you yourselves do not imitate their alien example and stand in fear of them, when you see the crowd before them and behind worshiping them. Rather, say in your hearts, "You, O LORD, are to be worshiped!"; for my angel is with you, and he is the custodian of your lives. [Taken from BARUCH 6:2-6]

Son of man, go now to the house of Israel, and speak my words to them. Not to a people with difficult speech and barbarous language am I sending you, nor to the many peoples (with difficult speech and barbarous language) whose words you cannot understand. If I were to send you to these, they would listen to you; but the house of Israel will refuse to listen to you, since they will not listen to me. For the whole house of Israel is stubborn of brow and obstinate in heart. But I will make your face as hard as theirs, and your brow as stubborn as theirs, like diamond, harder than flint. Fear them not, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house. Son of man, he said to me, take into your heart all my words that I speak to you; hear them well. Now go to the exiles, to your countrymen, and say to them: Thus says the Lord GOD! - whether they heed or resist! [EZEK 3:4-11]

When some of your people have escaped to other nations from the sword, and have been scattered over the foreign lands, then those who have escaped will remember me among the nations to which they have been exiled, after I have broken their adulterous hearts that turned away from me (and their eyes which lusted after idols). They shall loathe themselves because of their evil deeds, all their abominations. Then they shall know that it was not in vain that I, the LORD, threatened to inflict this calamity upon them. [Taken from EZEK 6:8-10]

Thus the word of the LORD came to me: Son of man, it is about your kinsmen, your fellow exiles, and the whole house of Israel that the inhabitants of Jerusalem say, "They are far away from the LORD; to us the land of Israel has been given as our possession." Therefore say: Thus says the Lord GOD: Though I have removed them far among the nations and scattered them over foreign countries - and was for a while their only sanctuary in the countries to which they had gone - I will gather you from the nations and assemble you from the countries over which you have been scattered, and I will restore to you the land of Israel. They shall return to it and remove from it all its detestable abominations. I will give them a new heart and put a new spirit within them; I will remove the stony heart from their bodies, and replace it with a natural heart, so that they will live according to my statutes, and observe and carry out my ordinances; thus they shall be my people and I will be their God. But as for those whose hearts are devoted to their detestable abominations, I will bring down their conduct upon their heads, says the Lord GOD. [EZEK 11:14-21]

When certain elders of Israel came and sat down before me, the word of the LORD came to me: Son of man, these men have the memory of their idols fresh in their hearts, and they keep the occasion of their sin before them. Why should I allow myself to be consulted by them? [Taken from EZEK 14:1-3]

Therefore I will judge you, house of Israel, each one according to his ways, says the Lord GOD. Turn and be converted from all your crimes, that they may be no cause of guilt for you. Cast away from you all the crimes you have committed, and make for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. Why should you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies, says the Lord GOD. Return and live! [Taken from EZEK 18:30-32]

So much were their hearts devoted to their idols, they had not lived by my statutes, but despised my ordinances and desecrated my sabbaths. But I looked on them with pity, not wanting to destroy them, so I did not put an end to them in the desert. Then I said to their children in the desert: Do not observe the statutes of your parents or keep their ordinances; do not defile yourselves with their idols. I am the LORD, your God: observe my statutes and be careful to keep my ordinances; keep holy my sabbaths, as a sign between me and you to show that I am the LORD, your God. [EZEK 20:16-20]

As for you, son of man, groan! with shattered strength groan bitterly while they look on. And when they ask you, "Why are you groaning?", you shall say: Because of a report; when it comes every heart shall fail, every hand shall fall helpless, every spirit shall be daunted, and every knee shall run with water. See, it is coming, it is here! says the Lord GOD. [EZEK 21:11-12]

Thus the word of the LORD came to me: Son of man, prophesy! say: Thus says the LORD: A sword, a sword has been sharpened, a sword, a sword has been burnished: To work slaughter has it been sharpened, to flash lightning has it been burnished. Why should I now withdraw it? You have spurned the rod and every judgment! I have given it over to the burnisher that he might hold it in his hand, A sword sharpened and burnished to be put in the hand of a slayer. Cry out and wail, son of man, for it is destined for my people; It is for all the princes of Israel, victims of the sword with my people. Therefore, slap your thigh, for the sword has been tested; and why should it not be so? says the Lord GOD, since you have spurned the rod. As for you, son of man, prophesy, brushing one hand against the other: While the sword is doubled and tripled, this sword of slaughter, This great sword of slaughter which threatens all around, That every heart may tremble; for many will be the fallen. At all their gates I have appointed the sword for slaughter, Fashioned to flash lightning, burnished for slaughter. Cleave to the right! destroy! to the left! wherever your edge is turned. Then I, too, shall brush one hand against the other and wreak my fury. I, the LORD, have spoken. [EZEK 21:13-22]

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