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Jeremiah 17:9–10

The heart is deceitful above all things,

and desperately sick;

who can understand it?

10  i“I the Lord search the heart

jand test the mind,2

kto give every man according to his ways,

according to the fruit of his deeds.”

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Jeremiah 17:9–10 — The New International Version (NIV)

The heart is deceitful above all things

and beyond cure.

Who can understand it?

10 “I the Lord search the heart

and examine the mind,

to reward each person according to their conduct,

according to what their deeds deserve.”

Jeremiah 17:9–10 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? 10 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.

Jeremiah 17:9–10 — New Living Translation (NLT)

“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things,

and desperately wicked.

Who really knows how bad it is?

10 But I, the Lord, search all hearts

and examine secret motives.

I give all people their due rewards,

according to what their actions deserve.”

Jeremiah 17:9–10 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

“The heart is deceitful above all things,

And desperately wicked;

Who can know it?

10 I, the Lord, search the heart,

I test the mind,

Even to give every man according to his ways,

According to the fruit of his doings.

Jeremiah 17:9–10 — New Century Version (NCV)

“More than anything else, a person’s mind is evil

and cannot be healed.

Who can understand it?

10 But I, the Lord, look into a person’s heart

and test the mind.

So I can decide what each one deserves;

I can give each one the right payment for what he does.”

Jeremiah 17:9–10 — American Standard Version (ASV)

The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly corrupt: who can know it? 10 I, Jehovah, search the mind, I try the heart, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.

Jeremiah 17:9–10 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

The heart is deceitful above all things, and incurable; who can know it? 10 I Jehovah search the heart, I try the reins, even to give each one according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.

Jeremiah 17:9–10 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

“The human mind is the most deceitful of all things. It is incurable. 

No one can understand how deceitful it is. 

10 I, the Lord, search minds and test hearts. 

I will reward each person for what he has done. 

I will reward him for the results of his actions. 

Jeremiah 17:9–10 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The heart is more deceitful than anything else,

and incurable—who can understand it?

10 I, Yahweh, examine the mind,

I test the heart

to give to each according to his way,

according to what his actions deserve.

Jeremiah 17:9–10 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The heart is devious above all else;

it is perverse—

who can understand it?

10 I the Lord test the mind

and search the heart,

to give to all according to their ways,

according to the fruit of their doings.

Jeremiah 17:9–10 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

The heart is deceitful more than anything else,

and it is disastrous. Who can understand it?

10 I, Yahweh, examine the mind,

I test the heart,

and give to each one according to his way,

according to the fruit of his deeds.

Jeremiah 17:9–10 — New International Reader’s Version (1998) (NIrV)

A human heart is more dishonest than anything else.

It can’t be healed.

Who can understand it?

10 The Lord says, “I look deep down inside human hearts.

I see what is in people’s minds.

I reward a man in keeping with his conduct.

I bless him based on what he has done.”

Jeremiah 17:9–10 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

“The heart is more deceitful than all else

And is desperately sick;

Who can understand it?

10 “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.


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