The following compilation provides a biblical concept of the heart. Feel free to use the list for personal use or group lesson material. Please keep in mind that the verses are taken out of the original context. In order to gain a better understanding of the intended meaning I would encourage you to study each passage thoroughly. A careful systematic study ensures accurate interpretation of the biblical text.
1 Samuel 16:7
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
1 Kings 11:4
As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been.
1 Kings 15:3
He committed all the sins his father had done before him; his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his forefather had been.
1 Chronicles 29:17
I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things have I given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you.
Who endowed the heart with wisdom or gave understanding to the mind?
The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false.
If we had forgotten the name of our God or spread out our hands to a foreign god, would not God have discovered it, since he knows the secrets of the heart?
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.
The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked is of little value.
A prudent man keeps his knowledge to himself, but the heart of fools blurts out folly.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
Even in laughter the heart may ache, and joy may end in grief.
Wisdom reposes in the heart of the discerning and even among fools she lets herself be known.
The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.
A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.
To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the reply of the tongue.
The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart.
The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.
Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin”?
All a man’s ways seem right to him, but the LORD weighs the heart.
He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him.
If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?
Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one’s friend springs from his earnest counsel.
Extortion turns a wise man into a fool, and a bribe corrupts the heart.
The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
“I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.”
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.
” ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean.’
For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.
“This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.”
Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning.
Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: ” ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.
But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.
And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight.
“Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God.
God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us.
For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.
And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.
That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
1 Corinthians 4:5
Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.
2 Corinthians 3:3
You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
2 Corinthians 5:12
We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart.
2 Corinthians 9:7
Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.
Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord,
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,
1 Timothy 1:5
The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
2 Timothy 2:22
Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.
1 Peter 1:22
Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.
1 John 3:19-22
This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.
Source: Holy Bible, New International Version