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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 Samuel 16:7

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.

~ Hebrews 4:12

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 each person according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.

~ Jeremiah 17:9-10

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

~ Psalm 51:10

Test me, O LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth. I do not sit with deceitful men, nor do I consort with hypocrites; I abhor the assembly of evildoers and refuse to sit with the wicked. I wash my hands in innocence, and go about your altar, O LORD, proclaiming aloud your praise and telling of all your wonderful deeds. I love the house where you live, O LORD, the place where your glory dwells.

~ Psalm 26:2-8

Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in His holy place? 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. He will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God his Savior.

~ Psalm 24:3-5

Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgement, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.

~ Ecclesiastes 12:13


Today’s paintings are: Émile Signol’s “Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery”, 1842; Henrik Olrik’s “Sermon on the Mount”, 1880; Titian’s “Christ and the Good Thief”, circa 1563; James Tissot’s “He Heals the Lame”, 1886-1894; Jacques des Rousseaux’s “The Apostle Paul”, 1636; Ken Corbett’s “Daniel’s Faith”, 2014; and José de Ribera’s “Saint Andrew”, 1616.