| "I the LORD search the heart |
and examine the mind,
to reward a man according to his conduct,
according to what his deeds deserve."
|I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. |
| I, the LORD, search the heart, |
I test the mind,
Even to give to each man according to his ways,
According to the results of his deeds.
For the sin of man (vv. 1-4), for the barren man (vv. 5,6), or the blessed man (vv. 7,8), God is the final Judge and renders His judgment for their works (cf. Rev. 20:11-15). By Him, actions are weighed (1 Sam. 2:3).
MacArthur, J. J. (1997, c1997). The MacArthur Study Bible (electronic ed.) (Je 17:10). Nashville: Word Pub.
The heart (Heb. leb) refers to the mind, the source of thinking, feeling, and action. It is desperately deceitful and incurably sick. Yet God not only knows the heart, He searches it. The "heart" and the "mind" encompass human emotions and together cover the hidden elements in a person's character and personality.