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Proverbs and Jeremiah

June 21st, 2006

Proverbs 12:15

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkens unto counsel is wise.

So true. The problem for me is I can think that I’ve got a pretty good grasp on things already, and it may not occur to me to seek wisdom from somebody else.

Jeremiah 17:9

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

This one is kind of surprising. Those are some pretty strong words. So many times, well-meaning people will urge you to just “Follow your heart” in regards to some issue you have. But from this verse, it seems like just the opposite. Do we need to actually protect ourselves from our own hearts? Or is it just a matter of terminology? Obviously, nobody is referring to the physical heart.

Either way, it’s kind of interesting. Anybody have any thoughts on this? Oftentimes, people will warn “Guard your heart.” I think most people take that to mean protect your heart. But is it, in fact, the other way around?

EDIT:

I was searching for this verse, but I couldn’t find it until now. It’s Proverbs 4:23:

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.

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