Through His Word, the Bible, God gives us wise counsel concerning hearts — with special focus on your heart.
 
Proverbs 4:23
    23Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.
 

Father God guards you, and, if you ask Him, Holy Spirit will help you guard your heart.
 
Numbers 6:24-26
    24The Lord bless you and watch, guard, and keep you;
    25The Lord make His face to shine upon and enlighten you and be gracious (kind, merciful, and giving favor) to you;
    26The Lord lift up His [approving] countenance upon you and give you peace (tranquility of heart and life continually).
 

Let’s investigate other words of counsel about hearts.
 
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In many cultures, the heart is considered to be the center of belief and emotions.
 
Let’s look at what the Bible says about the heart on these topics:
 

  • Bible writers ask questions about the hearts of Mankind.
 
  • Psalmists vigorously complain about the wicked.
 
  • God grieves at the very wrong choices of the wicked and the foolish.
 
  • Psalmists rejoice in truths about God’s working in Man’s hearts.
 
  • As loving Father, God offers counsel about the heart of Man.
 
  • Jesus summarized the definition of a pure heart through these verses from Matthew.
 
  • The first step in achieving purity of heart is to ask Father God to search your heart. Why?
 
  • Psalmists pray to God for His help in changing their hearts.
 
  • King David wrote this prayer asking God to purify his heart.
 
  • Ask God your Father to cleanse and wash your heart with Jesus’ Blood.
 
  • Fathers of the faith wrote these things about purity of heart.
 
  • Apostle Paul describes the veil that covers men’s hearts and offers Man’s only solution.
 
  • As God your Father works in your life, He does not merely change your heart. He gives you a new heart. As you submit to His working in your life, your heart ministers to God your Father’s Heart.
 
  • People throughout the nations long for the desires of their hearts. Once God your Father has given you a new heart, He delights in giving you the desire of your heart.
 

The Old Testament is filled with verses having to do with the heart. Because the Book of Psalms demonstrates the type relationship in which God your Father delights — a relationship where the psalmists felt free to express every emotion with Him — many of the verses about the heart is found in this Book of Psalms. Yet, the entire Bible offers God's Fatherly counsel.

The Bible, comprised of 66 books, was written down by over 40 authors spanning almost 1,500 years.
 
Second Peter 1, verses 20-21, says: “But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”
 
The Apostle Paul, whom God used to write much of the New Testament, wrote in Galatians 1:12: “For I neither received it [the revelation of God’s Truth] from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.”
 
Though written down by men who lived thousands of years ago, these verses define and demonstrate the Loving Heart of God, Who names Himself your Father, toward you, today.
 
Said another way, no matter whether the Bible says that God or Jesus are speaking, or whether the Bible records psalms written down by worshipping men, or whether the Bible offers counsel from one of the fathers of the faith, still, the verses which follow are all God’s counsel to you concerning your heart.
 
 

God, Who names Himself your Father, assures:
 
Deuteronomy 5:29
    29Oh, that they had such a [mind and] heart in them always [reverently] to fear Me and keep all My commandments, that it might go well with them and with their children forever!
 
Deuteronomy 6:5-7
    5And you shall love the Lord your God with all your [mind and] heart and with your entire being and with all your might.
    6And these words which I am commanding you this day shall be [first] in your [own] minds and hearts; [then]
    7You shall whet and sharpen them so as to make them penetrate, and teach and impress them diligently upon the [minds and] hearts of your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up.
 
Deuteronomy 11:13-14
    13And if you will diligently heed My commandments which I command you this day--to love the Lord your God and to serve Him with all your [mind and] heart and with your entire being--
    14I will give the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil.
 
1 Samuel 2:35
    35And I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest, who shall do according to what is in My heart and mind. And I will build him a sure house, and he shall walk before My anointed (Anointed) forever.
 

1 Kings 9:3
    3The Lord told him, I have heard your prayer and supplication which you have made before Me; I have hallowed [sanctified] this house which you have built, and I have put My Name [and My Presence] there forever. My eyes and My heart shall be there perpetually.
 
2 Chronicles 7:16
    16For I have chosen and sanctified (set apart for holy use) this house, that My Name may be here forever, and My eyes and My heart will be here perpetually.
 
2 Chronicles 34:27
    27Because your heart was tender and penitent and you humbled yourself before God when you heard His words against this place and its inhabitants, and humbled yourself before Me and rent [tore] your clothes and wept before Me, I have heard you, says the Lord.
 
Isaiah 51:7
    7Listen to Me, you who know rightness and justice and right standing with God, the people in whose heart is My law and My instruction: fear not the reproach of men, neither be afraid nor dismayed at their revilings.
 
Isaiah 59:21
    21As for Me, this is My covenant with them, says the Lord: My Spirit, Who is upon you [and Who writes the law of God inwardly on the heart], and My words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouths of your [true, spiritual] children, or out of the mouths of your children's children, says the Lord, from henceforth and forever.
 
Isaiah 60:1-5
    1Arise [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you--rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!
    2For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and dense darkness [all] peoples, but the Lord shall arise upon you, and His glory shall be seen on you.
    3And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.
    4Lift up your eyes round about you and see! They all gather themselves together, they come to you. Your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be carried and nursed in the arms.
    5Then you shall see and be radiant, and your heart shall thrill and tremble with joy [at the glorious deliverance] and be enlarged; because the abundant wealth of the Sea shall be turned to you, unto you shall the nations come with their treasures.
 
Jeremiah 3:15-16
    15And I will give you [spiritual] shepherds after My own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding and judgment.
    16And it shall be that when you have multiplied and increased in the land in those days, says the Lord, they shall no more say, The ark of the covenant of the Lord. It shall not come to mind, nor shall they [seriously] remember it, nor shall they miss or visit it, nor shall it be repaired or made again [for instead of the ark, which represented God's presence, He will show Himself to be present throughout the nation].
 
Jeremiah 3:15
And I will give you [spiritual] shepherds after My own heart [in the final time], who will feed you with knowledge and understanding and judgment.
 
Jeremiah 17:10
    10I the Lord search the mind, I try the heart, even to give to every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.
 
Jeremiah 24:6-7
    6For I will set My eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land; and I will build them up and not pull them down, and I will plant them and not pluck them up.
    7And I will give them a heart to know (recognize, understand, and be acquainted with) Me, that I AM the Lord; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart.
 
Jeremiah 29:12-13
    12Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you.
    13Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
 
Jeremiah 32:38-41
    38And they will be My people, and I will be their God.
    39And I will give them one heart and one way, that they may [reverently] fear Me forever for the good of themselves and of their children after them.
    40And I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will not turn away from following them to do them good, and I will put My [reverential] fear in their hearts, so that they will not depart from Me.
    41Yes, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly and in truth with My whole heart and with My whole being.
 
Ezekiel 3:10
    10Moreover, He said to me, Son of man, all My words that I shall speak to you, receive in your heart and hear with your ears.
 
Ezekiel 11:19-20
    19And I will give them one heart [a new heart] and I will put a new spirit within them; and I will take the stony [unnaturally hardened] heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh [sensitive and responsive to the touch of their God],
    20That they may walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances, and do them. And they shall be My people, and I will be their God.
 
Ezekiel 34:16-22
    16I will seek that which was lost and bring back that which has strayed, and I will bandage the hurt and the crippled and will strengthen the weak and the sick, but I will destroy the fat and the strong [the selfish who have become hardhearted]; I will feed them with judgment and punishment.
    17And as for you, O My flock, thus says the Lord God: Behold, I judge between sheep and sheep, between the rams and the great he-goats [the malicious and the tyrants of the pasture].
    18Is it too little for you that you feed on the best pasture, but you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pasture? And to have drunk of the waters clarified by subsiding, but you must foul the rest of the water with your feet?
    19And My flock, must they feed on what your feet have trodden and drink what your feet have fouled?
    20Therefore thus says the Lord God to them: Behold, I, I Myself, will judge between fat [selfish] sheep and impoverished sheep, or fat goats and lean goats.
    21Because you push with side and with shoulder and thrust with your horns all those that have become weak and diseased, till you have scattered them abroad,
    22Therefore will I rescue My flock, and they shall no more be a prey; and I will judge between sheep and sheep.
 
Ezekiel 36:24-28
    24For I will take you from among the nations and gather you out of all countries and bring you into your own land.
    25Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleanness; and from all your idols will I cleanse you.
    26A new heart will I give you and a new spirit will I put within you, and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
    27And I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you shall heed My ordinances and do them.
    28And you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and you shall be My people, and I will be your God.
 
Hosea 2:14
    14Therefore, behold, I will allure her and bring her into the wilderness, and I will speak tenderly and to her heart.

Zechariah 7:9-10
    9Thus has the Lord of hosts spoken: Execute true judgment and show mercy and kindness and tender compassion, every man to his brother;
    10And oppress not the widow or the fatherless, the temporary resident or the poor, and let none of you devise or imagine or think evil against his brother in your heart.
 
Revelation 22:7
    7And behold, I AM coming speedily. Blessed (happy and to be envied) is he who observes and lays to heart and keeps the truths of the prophecy (the predictions, consolations, and warnings) contained in this [little] book.
 

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Jesus continues:
 
Matthew 4:17
    17From that time Jesus began to preach, crying out, Repent ( change your mind for the better, heartily amend your ways, with abhorrence of your past sins), for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
 
Matthew 5:2-9
    2Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
    3Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the poor in spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insignificant), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!
    4Blessed and enviably happy [with a happiness produced by the experience of God's favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His matchless grace] are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted!
    5Blessed (happy, blithesome, joyous, spiritually prosperous--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the meek (the mild, patient, long-suffering), for they shall inherit the earth!
    6Blessed and fortunate and happy and spiritually prosperous (in that state in which the born-again child of God enjoys His favor and salvation) are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God), for they shall be completely satisfied!
    7Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy!
    8Blessed (happy, enviably fortunate, and spiritually prosperous--possessing the happiness produced by the experience of God's favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His grace, regardless of their outward conditions) are the pure in heart, for they shall see God!
    9Blessed (enjoying enviable happiness, spiritually prosperous--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the makers and maintainers of peace, for they shall be called the sons of God!
 
Matthew 6:21
    21For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
 
Matthew 9:1-8
    1And Jesus, getting into a boat, crossed to the other side and came to His own town [Capernaum].
    2And behold, they brought to Him a man paralyzed and prostrated by illness, lying on a sleeping pad; and when Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralyzed man, Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven and the penalty remitted.
    3And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, This man blasphemes [He claims the rights and prerogatives of God]!
    4But Jesus, knowing (seeing) their thoughts, said, Why do you think evil and harbor malice in your hearts?
    5For which is easier: to say, Your sins are forgiven and the penalty remitted, or to say, Get up and walk?
    6But in order that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins and remit the penalty, He then said to the paralyzed man, Get up! Pick up your sleeping pad and go to your own house.
    7And he got up and went away to his own house.
    8When the crowds saw it, they were struck with fear and awe; and they recognized God and praised and thanked Him, Who had given such power and authority to men.
 
Matthew 11:28-30
    28Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]
    29Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I AM gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.
    30For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good--not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.
 
Matthew 13:18-23
    18Listen then to the [meaning of the] parable of the sower:
    19While anyone is hearing the Word of the kingdom and does not grasp and comprehend it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the roadside.
    20As for what was sown on thin (rocky) soil, this is he who hears the Word and at once welcomes and accepts it with joy;
    21Yet it has no real root in him, but is temporary (inconstant, lasts but a little while); and when affliction or trouble or persecution comes on account of the Word, at once he is caused to stumble [he is repelled and begins to distrust and desert Him Whom he ought to trust and obey] and he falls away.
    22As for what was sown among thorns, this is he who hears the Word, but the cares of the world and the pleasure and delight and glamour and deceitfulness of riches choke and suffocate the Word, and it yields no fruit.
    23As for what was sown on good soil, this is he who hears the Word and grasps and comprehends it; he indeed bears fruit and yields in one case a hundred times as much as was sown, in another sixty times as much, and in another thirty.
 
Matthew 18:21-35
    21Then Peter came up to Him and said, Lord, how many times may my brother sin against me and I forgive him and let it go? [As many as] up to seven times?
    22Jesus answered him, I tell you, not up to seven times, but seventy times seven!
    23Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a human king who wished to settle accounts with his attendants.
    24When he began the accounting, one was brought to him who owed him 10,000 talents [probably about $10,000,000],
    25And because he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and his children and everything that he possessed, and payment to be made.
    26So the attendant fell on his knees, begging him, Have patience with me and I will pay you everything.
    27And his master's heart was moved with compassion, and he released him and forgave him [cancelling] the debt.
    28But that same attendant, as he went out, found one of his fellow attendants who owed him a hundred denarii [about twenty dollars]; and he caught him by the throat and said, Pay what you owe!
    29So his fellow attendant fell down and begged him earnestly, Give me time, and I will pay you all !
    30But he was unwilling, and he went out and had him put in prison till he should pay the debt.
    31When his fellow attendants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and told everything that had taken place to their master.
    32Then his master called him and said to him, You contemptible and wicked attendant! I forgave and cancelled all that [great] debt of yours because you begged me to.
    33And should you not have had pity [compassion] and mercy on your fellow attendant, as I had pity [compassion] and mercy on you?
    34And in wrath his master turned him over to the torturers (the jailers), till he should pay all that he owed.
    35So also My heavenly Father will deal with every one of you if you do not freely forgive your brother from your heart his offenses.
 
Matthew 22:37-40
    37And He replied to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect).
    38This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment.
    39And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself.
    40These two commandments sum up and upon them depend all the Law and the Prophets.
 
Mark 2:1-12
    1And Jesus having returned to Capernaum, after some days it was rumored about that He was in the house [probably Peter's].
    2And so many people gathered together there that there was no longer room [for them], not even around the door; and He was discussing the Word.
    3Then they came, bringing a paralytic to Him, who had been picked up and was being carried by four men.
    4And when they could not get him to a place in front of Jesus because of the throng, they dug through the roof above Him; and when they had scooped out an opening, they let down the [thickly padded] quilt or mat upon which the paralyzed man lay.
    5And when Jesus saw their faith [their confidence in God through Him], He said to the paralyzed man, Son, your sins are forgiven [you] and put away [that is, the penalty is remitted, the sense of guilt removed, and you are made upright and in right standing with God].
    6Now some of the scribes were sitting there, holding a dialogue with themselves as they questioned in their hearts,
    7Why does this Man talk like this? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins [remove guilt, remit the penalty, and bestow righteousness instead] except God alone?
    8And at once Jesus, becoming fully aware in His spirit that they thus debated within themselves, said to them, Why do you argue (debate, reason) about all this in your hearts?
    9Which is easier: to say to the paralyzed man, Your sins are forgiven and put away, or to say, Rise, take up your sleeping pad or mat, and start walking about [and keep on walking]?
    10But that you may know positively and beyond a doubt that the Son of Man has right and authority and power on earth to forgive sins--He said to the paralyzed man,
    11I say to you, arise, pick up and carry your sleeping pad or mat, and be going on home.
    12And he arose at once and picked up the sleeping pad or mat and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and recognized and praised and thanked God, saying, We have never seen anything like this before!
 
Mark 4:1-20
    1Again Jesus began to teach beside the lake. And a very great crowd gathered about Him, so that He got into a ship in order to sit in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was at the lakeside on the shore.
    2And He taught them many things in parables (illustrations or comparisons put beside truths to explain them), and in His teaching He said to them:
    3Give attention to this! Behold, a sower went out to sow.
    4And as he was sowing, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.
    5Other seed [of the same kind] fell on ground full of rocks, where it had not much soil; and at once it sprang up, because it had no depth of soil;
    6And when the sun came up, it was scorched, and because it had not taken root, it withered away.
    7Other seed [of the same kind] fell among thorn plants, and the thistles grew and pressed together and utterly choked and suffocated it, and it yielded no grain.
    8And other seed [of the same kind] fell into good (well-adapted) soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing, and yielded up to thirty times as much, and sixty times as much, and even a hundred times as much as had been sown.
    9And He said, He who has ears to hear, let him be hearing [and let him consider, and comprehend].
    10And as soon as He was alone, those who were around Him, with the Twelve [apostles], began to ask Him about the parables.
    11And He said to them, To you has been entrusted the mystery of the kingdom of God [that is, the secret counsels of God which are hidden from the ungodly]; but for those outside [of our circle] everything becomes a parable,
    12In order that they may [indeed] look and look but not see and perceive, and may hear and hear but not grasp and comprehend, lest haply they should turn again, and it [their willful rejection of the truth] should be forgiven them.
    13And He said to them, Do you not discern and understand this parable? How then is it possible for you to discern and understand all the parables?
    14The sower sows the Word.
    15The ones along the path are those who have the Word sown [in their hearts], but when they hear, Satan comes at once and [by force] takes away the message which is sown in them.
    16And in the same way the ones sown upon stony ground are those who, when they hear the Word, at once receive and accept and welcome it with joy;
    17And they have no real root in themselves, and so they endure for a little while; then when trouble or persecution arises on account of the Word, they immediately are offended (become displeased, indignant, resentful) and they stumble and fall away.
    18And the ones sown among the thorns are others who hear the Word;
    19Then the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless.
    20And those sown on the good (well-adapted) soil are the ones who hear the Word and receive and accept and welcome it and bear fruit--some thirty times as much as was sown, some sixty times as much, and some [even] a hundred times as much.
 
Mark 7:14-23
    14And He called the people to [Him] again and said to them, Listen to Me, all of you, and understand [what I say].
    15There is not [even] one thing outside a man which by going into him can pollute and defile him; but the things which come out of a man are what defile him and make him unhallowed and unclean.
    16If any man has ears to hear, let him be listening [and let him perceive and comprehend by hearing].
    17And when He had left the crowd and had gone into the house, His disciples began asking Him about the parable.
    18And He said to them,
Then are you also without understanding? Do you not discern and see that whatever goes into a man from the outside cannot make him unhallowed or unclean,
    19Since it does not reach and enter his heart but [only his] digestive tract, and so passes on [into the place designed to receive waste]? Thus He was making and declaring all foods [ceremonially] clean [that is, abolishing the ceremonial distinctions of the Levitical Law].
    20And He said, What comes out of a man is what makes a man unclean and renders [him] unhallowed.
    21For from within, [that is] out of the hearts of men, come base and wicked thoughts, sexual immorality, stealing, murder, adultery,
    22Coveting (a greedy desire to have more wealth), dangerous and destructive wickedness, deceit; unrestrained (indecent) conduct; an evil eye (envy), slander (evil speaking, malicious misrepresentation, abusiveness), pride (the sin of an uplifted heart against God and man), foolishness (folly, lack of sense, recklessness, thoughtlessness).
    23All these evil [purposes and desires] come from within, and they make the man unclean and render him unhallowed [unholy].
 
Mark 8:1-8
    1In those days when [again] an immense crowd had gathered and they had nothing to eat, Jesus called His disciples to Him and told them,
    2I have pity [compassion] and sympathy for the people and My heart goes out to them, for they have been with Me now three days and have nothing [left] to eat;
    3And if I send them away to their homes hungry, they will be feeble through exhaustion and faint along the road; and some of them have come a long way.
    4And His disciples replied to Him, How can anyone fill and satisfy [these many people] with loaves of bread here in [this] desolate and uninhabited region?
    5And He asked them, How many loaves have you? They said, Seven.
    6And He commanded the multitude to recline upon the ground, and He [then] took the seven loaves [of bread] and, having given thanks, He broke them and kept on giving them to His disciples to put before [the people], and they placed them before the crowd.
    7And they had a few small fish; and when He had praised God and given thanks and asked Him to bless them [to their use], He ordered that these also should be set before [them].
    8And they ate and were satisfied; and they took up seven [large provision] baskets full of the broken pieces left over.
 
Mark 11:22-24
    22And Jesus, replying, said to them, Have faith in God [constantly].
    23Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him.
    24For this reason I AM telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it].
 
Mark 12:30-34
    30And you shall love the Lord your God out of and with your whole heart and out of and with all your soul (your life) and out of and with all your mind (with your faculty of thought and your moral understanding) and out of and with all your strength. This is the first and principal commandment.
    31The second is like it and is this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.
    32And the scribe said to Him, Excellently and fitly and admirably answered, Teacher! You have said truly that He is One, and there is no other but Him;
    33And to love Him out of and with all the heart and with all the understanding [with the faculty of quick apprehension and intelligence and keenness of discernment] and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is much more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. [I Samuel 15:22; Hosea 6:6; Micah 6:6-8; Hebrews 10:8.]
    34And when Jesus saw that he answered intelligently (discreetly and having his wits about him), He said to him, You are not far from the kingdom of God. And after that no one ventured or dared to ask Him any further question.
 
Luke 5:17-25
    17One of those days, as He was teaching, there were Pharisees and teachers of the Law sitting by, who had come from every village and town of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was [present] with Him to heal them.
    18And behold, some men were bringing on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed, and they tried to carry him in and lay him before [Jesus].
    19But finding no way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him with his stretcher through the tiles into the midst, in front of Jesus.
    20And when He saw [their confidence in Him, springing from] their faith, He said, Man, your sins are forgiven you!
    21And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason and question and argue, saying, Who is this [Man] Who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?
    22But Jesus, knowing their thoughts and questionings, answered them, Why do you question in your hearts?
    23Which is easier: to say, Your sins are forgiven you, or to say, Arise and walk [about]?
    24But that you may know that the Son of Man has the [power of] authority and right on earth to forgive sins, He said to the paralyzed man, I say to you, arise, pick up your litter (stretcher), and go to your own house!
    25And instantly [the man] stood up before them and picked up what he had been lying on and went away to his house, recognizing and praising and thanking God.
 
Luke 5:29-32
    29And Levi (Matthew) made a great banquet for Him in his own house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others who were reclining [at the table] with them.
    30Now the Pharisees and their scribes were grumbling against Jesus' disciples, saying, Why are you eating and drinking with tax collectors and [preeminently] sinful people?
    31And Jesus replied to them, It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick.
    32I have not come to arouse and invite and call the righteous, but the erring ones (those not free from sin) to repentance [to change their minds for the better and heartily to amend their ways, with abhorrence of their past sins].
 
Luke 6:39-45
    39He further told them a proverb: Can a blind [man] guide and direct a blind [man]? Will they not both stumble into a ditch or a hole in the ground?
    40A pupil is not superior to his teacher, but everyone [when he is] completely trained (readjusted, restored, set to rights, and perfected) will be like his teacher.
    41Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye but do not notice or consider the beam [of timber] that is in your own eye?
    42Or how can you say to your brother, Brother, allow me to take out the speck that is in your eye, when you yourself do not see the beam that is in your own eye? You actor (pretender, hypocrite)! First take the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother's eye.
    43For there is no good (healthy) tree that bears decayed (worthless, stale) fruit, nor on the other hand does a decayed (worthless, sickly) tree bear good fruit.
    44For each tree is known and identified by its own fruit; for figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor is a cluster of grapes picked from a bramblebush.
    45The upright (honorable, intrinsically good) man out of the good treasure [stored] in his heart produces what is upright (honorable and intrinsically good), and the evil man out of the evil storehouse brings forth that which is depraved (wicked and intrinsically evil); for out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth speaks.