Deceitful Heart : Jeremiah 17:9-10                                                                

Jessie Hodge “My Trampled Heart”

Deceitful Heart

“The heart[1] is deceitful[2] above all things and desperately wicked[3]. Who can know[4] it?

10 I the Lord search[5] the heart, I try[6] the reins[7], even to give[8] every man according to his ways[9], and according to the fruit[10] of his doings[11].” - Jeremiah 17:9-10 KJV

Jeremiah 17: 9-10 THV Version

9) The heart is the innermost core of self-existence and the seat of deep, primordial consciousness and intelligence, the bridge between mind and body, wave and particle, “heaven” and “earth” existence. The heart gives rise to your greatest hopes, dreams, strengths and emotions. The heart is certainly trampled, swollen, and wounded by the injurious events a person must endure in this life. In it’s easily dis-eased nature, frail and feeble, the heart is the place from which the person acts desperately and harmfully. The true sense of self is covered and manipulated by pain and ensuing fear. It is utterly difficult to truly understand and become acquainted with the sickness of the heart and how it plagues the thoughts, perceptions, emotions, actions, and habits that flow from it.

10) I AM the Great “I AM”, Self of selves, Heart of hearts, The I in “I”, and I intimately examine the inmost mind, desires and affections of the person. I AM well acquainted with the entangled roots of their deep-seated pains, struggles and knots that choke their life. I investigate what has been planted within the person. I, The Field of Creative-Life reflect back to you your own way of existing- thinking, emoting, feeling and acting. The conditions of your life are the time-released results and harvest of your own repetitive emotions and actions.


I want to start with the curious word in verse 10, “reins”, which comes from an ancient Hebrew word that can be translated as “kidney”. Ancient cultures of the East believed the organs were energy centers in which energy is stored and flows. It was their understanding that we must balance emotions (energy) so they do not become extreme while cultivating healthy energy and weeding out negativity like hate and anger which grow like weeds, faster than the flower.

The relationship between the heart and kidney is mysterious yet vital. It has been said that the kidney is the root of all substances in your body and is responsible for providing the tools you require to fulfill the instinct to survive and reproduce. The kidney is said to the organ most damaged by stress and has been considered as “innermost” as the heart. The connection between mental-emotional and physical health cannot be ignored.

The good news is: The Great “I AM” is Self of yourself, Heart of your heart, Intelligence and Wisdom of your intelligence and wisdom. That means you have access to the information of your existence and through meditation, or a practice of inner-focus, awareness, and prayer, you can access the knowledge of your own rooted torment, dis-ease, and lack of peace. You are part of The I AM, not separate, not sufficient without. The I AM is Consciousness of consciousness. The True I behind your “I”, as magical as the homophone itself. To ignore or be self-deluded about the One True Self is to betray oneself and, in some way, disconnect from your own life-source and functionality. Within the Great I AM you live and breathe and have your being. The Spirit or Breath of Life flows in and through you not as a result of your separation from the Divine but as evidence of your total connection. You are intrinsically connected. What the I AM, Mind of mind, knows, you have access to because you are one. If you keep listening to Bible Redefined you’ll see that this message is repeated over and over and over again throughout the pages of the ancient Hebrew scriptures and other ancient cultures. The problem is 1- our western-mindset and ideology 2- watered down translation 3- theology and religion. How can both the culture and religion be the problem when they are both saying the other is the problem? Because they are born from one another. They are a dysfunctional marriage and cannot be divorced because they are extremely codependent.

This passage makes it clear that we get what we give. We give, or sow (plant) into the soil of the Creative Field by thinking, feeling, and acting. This life is an utterly spiritual experience of creative expression. What we see in the physical realm, micro and macro, individual and communal, is but a reflection of the condition of our individual and collective heart.

Many of us have interpreted life’s hardships as a curse but what the actual message of the ancient Hebrew writings consistently report, when interpreted and read properly, is that the hardship is a mirror of natural accountability that shows us where we need to improve. If the experience you are having, if it is not loving, peaceful, or happy there is a reason and that reason begins with you for better and for worse! It’s a beautiful truth! There is meaning behind the experience; a why? You are meant to discover the answer and be part of the transformation.

See “Guard Your Heart : Proverbs 4:23-27” & “Sow & Reap : Galatians 6:7-10”

[1]H3820 lêb, labe; a form of H3824; the heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the centre of anything:—care for, comfortably, consent, × considered, courag(-eous), friend(-ly), ((broken-), (hard-), (merry-), (stiff-), (stout-), double) heart(-ed), × heed, × I, kindly, midst, mind(-ed), × regard(-ed), × themselves, × unawares, understanding, × well, willingly, wisdom.

H3824 lêbâb, lay-bawb'; used also like H3820 the heart (as the most interior organ);:— bethink themselves, breast, comfortably, courage, (faint), (tender-) heart(-ed), midst, mind, × unawares, understanding; the soul, life; the seat or center of the senses, affections, and emotions of the mind; the seat of will and purpose.

Aramaic- lebhon/leba; Any center from which life radiates – a sense of expansion plus generative power: vitality, desire, affection, courage and audacity all rolled into one. Refers not simply to the physical heart, but figuratively to the center of one’s feeling or intelligence, the pith or marrow of what we would call our mental – emotional life.

[2]H6121 ʻâqôb, aw-kobe'; from H6117; in the original sense, a knoll (as swelling up); in the denominative sense (transitive) fraudulent or (intransitive) tracked:—crooked, deceitful, polluted; a hill, acclivity (an upward slope); a hill is said to be so called from its retarding and keeping back those who go up); fraudulent, deceitful; trodden (trampled) in blood, i.e. full of bloody footprints.

H6117 âqab, aw-kab'; a primitive root; properly, to swell out or up; to seize by the heel; figuratively, to circumvent (as if tripping up the heels); also to restrain (as if holding by the heel):—take by the heel, stay, supplant, × utterly.

[3] H605 ʼânash, aw-nash'; a primitive root; to be frail, feeble, or (figuratively) melancholy:—desperate(-ly wicked), incurable, sick, woeful; sick, ill at ease; used of a disease or wound, such as is scarcely curable; of pain; of malignant disposition of mind.

[4] H3045 yâdaʻ, yaw-dah'; a primitive root; to know (properly, to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially (including observation, care, recognition; and causatively, instruction, designation, punishment, etc.):—acknowledge, acquaintance(-ted with), advise, answer, appoint, assuredly, be aware, (un-) awares, can(-not), certainly, comprehend, consider, × could they, cunning, declare, be diligent, (can, cause to) discern, discover, endued with, familiar friend, famous, feel, can have, be (ig-) norant, instruct, kinsfolk, kinsman, (cause to let, make) know, (come to give, have, take) knowledge, have (knowledge), (be, make, make to be, make self) known, be learned, lie by man, mark, perceive, privy to, × prognosticator, regard, have respect, skilful, shew, can (man of) skill, be sure, of a surety, teach, (can) tell, understand, have (understanding), × will be, wist, wit, wot.

[5] H2713 châqar, khaw-kar'; a primitive root; properly, to penetrate; hence, to examine intimately:—find out, (make) search (out), seek (out), sound, try; to search, to investigate; the primary idea is that of searching in the earth by digging for roots. To explore, to search out the mind of any one.

[6] H974 bâchan, baw-khan'; a primitive root; to test (especially metals); generally and figuratively, to investigate:—examine, prove, tempt, try (trial).

[7]H3629 kilyâh, kil-yaw'; feminine of H3627 (only in the plural); a kidney (as an essential organ); figuratively, the mind (as the interior self):—kidneys, reins; used of the inmost mind, as the seat of desires and affections.

H3627 kᵉlîy, kel-ee'; from H3615; something prepared, i.e. any apparatus (as an implement, utensil, dress, vessel or weapon):—armour(-bearer), artillery, bag, carriage, furnish, furniture, instrument, jewel, that is made of, × one from another, that which pertaineth, pot, psaltery, sack, stuff, thing, tool, vessel, ware, weapon, whatsoever.

H3615 kâlâh, kaw-law'; a primitive root; to end, whether intransitive (to cease, be finished, perish) or transitive (to complete, prepare, consume):—accomplish, cease, consume (away), determine, destroy (utterly), be (when... were) done, (be an) end (of), expire, (cause to) fail, faint, finish, fulfil, × fully, × have, leave (off), long, bring to pass, wholly reap, make clean riddance, spend, quite take away, waste.

[8] H5414 nâthan, naw-than'; a primitive root; to give, used with greatest latitude of application (put, make, etc.):—add, apply, appoint, ascribe, assign, × avenge, × be (healed), bestow, bring (forth, hither), cast, cause, charge, come, commit, consider, count, cry, deliver (up), direct, distribute, do, × doubtless, × without fail, fasten, frame, × get, give (forth, over, up), grant, hang (up), × have, × indeed, lay (unto charge, up), (give) leave, lend, let (out), lie, lift up, make, O that, occupy, offer, ordain, pay, perform, place, pour, print, × pull, put (forth), recompense, render, requite, restore, send (out), set (forth), shew, shoot forth (up), sing, slander, strike, (sub-) mit, suffer, × surely, × take, thrust, trade, turn, utter, weep, willingly, withdraw, would (to) God, yield; to cause to receive; to allow, to permit

[9] H1870 derek, deh'-rek; from H1869; a road (as trodden); figuratively, a course of life or mode of action, often adverb:—along, away, because of, by, conversation, custom, (east-) ward, journey, manner, passenger, through, toward, (high-) (path-) way(-side), whither(-soever); a going, walking; a journey, a way, a path.

H1869 dârak, daw-rak'; a primitive root; to tread; by implication, to walk; also to string a bow (by treading on it in bending):—archer, bend, come, draw, go (over), guide, lead (forth), thresh, tread (down), walk.

[10] H6529 pᵉrîy, per-ee'; from H6509; fruit (literally or figuratively):—bough, (first-)fruit(-ful), reward; metaphorically, the result of labor or endeavor

H6509 pârâh, paw-raw'; a primitive root; to bear fruit (literally or figuratively):—bear, bring forth (fruit), (be, cause to be, make) fruitful, grow, increase.

[11] H4611 maʻălâl, mah-al-awl'; from H5953; an act (good or bad):—doing, endeavour, invention, work; works, deeds.

H5953 ʻâlal, aw-lal'; a primitive root; to effect thoroughly; specifically, to glean (also figuratively); by implication (in a bad sense) to overdo, i.e. maltreat, be saucy to, pain, impose (also literal):—abuse, affect, × child, defile, do, glean, mock, practise, thoroughly, work (wonderfully); to drink again, after a draught, in order to quench thirst fully; to drink again and again; to drink deep; to glean; to satisfy one’s desire; to perform a work; to accomplish; to put forth all one’s power.