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Proverbs 20:27

The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man;
it searches out his inmost being. (NIV)

The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly. (KJV)

The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD,
Searching all the innermost parts of his being. (NASB)

Proverbs 20:27
20:27 the lamp of the Lord. The "spirit" represents the conscience of man which searches every secret place.

MacArthur, J. J. (1997, c1997). The MacArthur Study Bible (electronic ed.) (Pr 20:27). Nashville: Word Pub.

The term does not appear in the Old Testament but the concept does. David, for example, was smitten in his heart because of his lack of trust in the power of God (2 Sam. 24:10). But his guilt turned to joy when he sought the Lord's forgiveness (Psalm 32).

In the New Testament the term "conscience" is found most frequently in the writings of the apostle Paul. Some people argue erroneously that conscience takes the place of the external law in the Old Testament. However, the conscience is not the ultimate standard of moral goodness (1 Cor. 4:4). Under both the old covenant and the new covenant the conscience must be formed by the will of God. The law given to Israel was inscribed on the hearts of believers (Heb. 8:10; 10:16); so the sensitized conscience is able to discern God's judgment against sin (Rom. 2:14-15).

The conscience of the believer has been cleansed by the work of Jesus Christ; it no longer accuses and condemns (Heb. 9:14; 10:22). Believers are to work to maintain pure consciences. They also must be careful not to encourage others to act against their consciences. To act contrary to the urging of one's conscience is wrong, for actions that go against the conscience cannot arise out of faith (1 Cor. 8:7-13; 10:23-30).

Youngblood, R. F., Bruce, F. F., Harrison, R. K., & Thomas Nelson Publishers. (1995). Nelson's new illustrated Bible dictionary. Rev. ed. of: Nelson's illustrated Bible dictionary.; Includes index. Nashville: T. Nelson. : Many Editions > Same Daily Verse

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