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The Heart Of The Proverbs

The English word "heart" originated from an old Anglo-Saxon word, heorte, which meant to leap (the word for some deer, a hart, originated from the same word as heart, apparently because both leap). Although "heart" now refers literally to the muscular organ that pumps blood through the body, it has also been used to refer to human emotions and intellect (as it also still does e.g. a "heart filled with love," or a "broken heart"), which nevertheless depend upon the heart pumping blood to the brain - the heart makes the brain function.

"Heart" is found nearly a thousand times in the Holy Scriptures. In the Old Testament, the word most-often translated as "heart," pronounced lay-bawb, refers to intellect and emotion, just like the English word does, although the ancient people also recognized the physical meaning of heart as well. Examples of the same Hebrew word referring to emotion/intellect, and to the blood-pumping organ (ironically, as shown in the example below, Michal despised King David "in her heart" after she saw him "leaping" - the literal English meaning of "heart"):

"6:16 And as the ark of the LORD came into The City of David [see also David, Future King Of Israel], Michal Saul's daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD [i.e. Jesus Christ - see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM']; and she despised him in her heart." (2 Samuel 6:16 KJV)

"18:14 Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with thee. And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak." (2 Samuel 18:14 KJV)

In the New Testament, the Greek word most-often translated as "heart," pronounced car-dee-ah (from which originated the modern-day English word cardiac) also means the same as the English word - either the physical organ, or the mind (keeping in mind that the English meaning came from the more ancient languages of Hebrew and Greek - English is only a few centuries old, while Hebrew and Greek are thousands of years old).

"So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding"

The Proverbs are a collection of Bible-based wisdom for everyday living. The "heart" of the Proverbs is based upon the "heart" of the LORD, the "life-blood" Spirit that flows to the emotions and intellect of God's people.

The Holy Scriptures

"2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; 2:2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; 2:3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; 2:4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; 2:5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. 2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. 2:7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. 2:8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.

2:9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path. 2:10 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; 2:11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:

2:12 To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; 2:13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; 2:14 Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked; 2:15 Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:

2:16 To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words; 2:17 Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God. 2:18 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead. 2:19 None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.

2:20 That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous. 2:21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it. 2:22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it." (Proverbs 2:1-22 KJV)

The Law of the LORD is the Wisdom of the LORD. God's Law never fails.

"3:1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: 3:2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.

3:3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: 3:4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." (Proverbs 3:1-6 KJV)

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