The heart of a man and those things a man’s heart sets his affections on are manifest and evident by the words he utters coupled with the labor of his hands. The Holy Scriptures declare;
(Jeremiah 17:9) “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
“The heart is deceitful above all things”
– God in his wisdom through his faithful servant Jeremiah thought it good to give us three key insights into the heart of a man. The first datum presented in this passage is concerning a heart that is deceitful, that is to say, the showing of a false appearance by the putting forth of false fruits for the specific purpose to conceal what is the true state of its self, to wit; the true state of a mans heart.
Not only does the heart of a man push forth false fruit to hide a mans true conscious and thoughts but it is written that the heart of a man is deceitful ABOVE ALL THINGS, it is placed number one in numerical rank above all others in comparison to any other “thing” that a man can be deceived by making it the most dangerous weapon and enemy of a mans soul. We understand this because of the second datum presented in this verse.
“and desperately wicked:”
– The wickedness of a mans heart is desperate. the Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary defines desperate as; A Feeling, showing, or involving a hopeless sense that a situation is so bad as to be impossible to deal with:
Yes, a mans heart is not only wicked but hopelessly wicked, without hope, stubborn in repentance, corrupt and steadfast in its constant ways of wickedness and dead in its present state.
“who can know it?”
– It is asked in this verse; “who can know it?” implying that it is in a constant state of deceit and that the heart is engaged in a constant war with the truth to hide its intent so that its wickedness will not be made manifest. What this datum of information does NOT mean is that a man who by the spirit cannot discern another mans heart for indeed it can be done! consider these two verses;
(Proverbs 16:1-3) “The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord. All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits. Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.”