100 Bible Verses about Wicked Heart

Jeremiah 17:9 ESV / 297 helpful votes

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

Mark 7:21 ESV / 225 helpful votes

For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery,

Romans 1:21 ESV / 128 helpful votes

For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.

Romans 3:10-18 ESV / 99 helpful votes

As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.” “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.” ...

Psalm 118:8 ESV / 91 helpful votes

It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.

Psalm 51:5 ESV / 87 helpful votes

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Matthew 12:35 ESV / 77 helpful votes

The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.

1 John 1:9 ESV / 72 helpful votes

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Proverbs 4:23 ESV / 61 helpful votes

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

1 John 2:27 ESV / 53 helpful votes

But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.

James 1:22-25 ESV / 53 helpful votes

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

Genesis 6:5 ESV / 48 helpful votes

The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Ezekiel 36:26 ESV / 46 helpful votes

And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

Isaiah 64:6 ESV / 46 helpful votes

We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.

2 Timothy 3:2 ESV / 45 helpful votes

For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,

Hebrews 3:12 ESV / 43 helpful votes

Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.

Matthew 7:13-14 ESV / 38 helpful votes

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

Genesis 8:21 ESV / 37 helpful votes

And when the Lord smelled the pleasing aroma, the Lord said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man's heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done.

Romans 6:23 ESV / 36 helpful votes

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Luke 6:45 ESV / 36 helpful votes

The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Romans 3:23 ESV / 35 helpful votes

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Matthew 12:34 ESV / 34 helpful votes

You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

Psalm 51:10 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

John 3:20 ESV / 33 helpful votes

For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.

James 1:22 ESV / 31 helpful votes

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

Mark 7:21-23 ESV / 31 helpful votes

For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

Matthew 15:19 ESV / 29 helpful votes

For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 28 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

James 1:13-15 ESV / 25 helpful votes

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

Hebrews 11:6 ESV / 25 helpful votes

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Matthew 13:19 ESV / 23 helpful votes

When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path.

Jeremiah 17:9-10 ESV / 23 helpful votes

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? “I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”

Ephesians 4:18 ESV / 22 helpful votes

They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.

Proverbs 14:30 ESV / 22 helpful votes

A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.

Romans 3:10 ESV / 21 helpful votes

As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;

Proverbs 17:9 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.

Micah 2:1 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Woe to those who devise wickedness and work evil on their beds! When the morning dawns, they perform it, because it is in the power of their hand.

Psalm 119:1-176 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways! You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! ...

Psalm 10:1-18 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Why, O Lord, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor; let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised. For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the Lord. In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.” His ways prosper at all times; your judgments are on high, out of his sight; as for all his foes, he puffs at them. ...

Deuteronomy 15:9 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart and you say, ‘The seventh year, the year of release is near,’ and your eye look grudgingly on your poor brother, and you give him nothing, and he cry to the Lord against you, and you be guilty of sin.

1 Peter 2:2 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—

James 1:14-15 ESV / 18 helpful votes

But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

Romans 8:7 ESV / 18 helpful votes

For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot.

Ecclesiastes 9:3 ESV / 18 helpful votes

This is an evil in all that is done under the sun, that the same event happens to all. Also, the hearts of the children of man are full of evil, and madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead.

Proverbs 26:23 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Like the glaze covering an earthen vessel are fervent lips with an evil heart.

Acts 17:10-11 ESV / 17 helpful votes

The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

Proverbs 10:20 ESV / 17 helpful votes

The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; the heart of the wicked is of little worth.

Proverbs 6:18 ESV / 17 helpful votes

A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil,

Psalm 141:4 ESV / 17 helpful votes

Do not let my heart incline to any evil, to busy myself with wicked deeds in company with men who work iniquity, and let me not eat of their delicacies!

Psalm 36:1 ESV / 17 helpful votes

To the choirmaster. Of David, the servant of the Lord. Transgression speaks to the wicked deep in his heart; there is no fear of God before his eyes.

James 1:5 ESV / 16 helpful votes

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

2 Timothy 2:15 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

Colossians 3:1 ESV / 16 helpful votes

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

John 3:16 ESV / 16 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Mark 7:21-22 ESV / 16 helpful votes

For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.

Matthew 13:15 ESV / 16 helpful votes

For this people's heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’

Matthew 6:33 ESV / 16 helpful votes

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Proverbs 15:28 ESV / 16 helpful votes

The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

Psalm 91:1-16 ESV / 16 helpful votes

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, ...

Psalm 28:3 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Do not drag me off with the wicked, with the workers of evil, who speak peace with their neighbors while evil is in their hearts.

Matthew 22:37 ESV / 15 helpful votes

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.

Psalm 11:2 ESV / 15 helpful votes

For behold, the wicked bend the bow; they have fitted their arrow to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart;

1 Samuel 16:7 ESV / 15 helpful votes

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

1 Peter 3:15 ESV / 14 helpful votes

But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,

James 3:6 ESV / 14 helpful votes

And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.

Hebrews 4:12 ESV / 14 helpful votes

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Ephesians 6:17 ESV / 14 helpful votes

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,

Ephesians 4:22 ESV / 14 helpful votes

To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,

Ecclesiastes 3:17 ESV / 14 helpful votes

I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time for every matter and for every work.

Proverbs 27:19 ESV / 14 helpful votes

As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man.

Proverbs 21:4 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin.

Proverbs 19:21 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.

Hebrews 10:22 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Psalm 119:105 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Psalm 119:2 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart,

Psalm 10:13 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”?

Hebrews 3:18-19 ESV / 12 helpful votes

And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.

2 Timothy 2:22 ESV / 12 helpful votes

So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

Luke 1:37 ESV / 12 helpful votes

For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Mark 12:30 ESV / 12 helpful votes

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

Matthew 4:4 ESV / 12 helpful votes

But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Jeremiah 29:13 ESV / 12 helpful votes

You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.

Isaiah 32:6 ESV / 12 helpful votes

For the fool speaks folly, and his heart is busy with iniquity, to practice ungodliness, to utter error concerning the Lord, to leave the craving of the hungry unsatisfied, and to deprive the thirsty of drink.

Proverbs 4:1-27 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching. When I was a son with my father, tender, the only one in the sight of my mother, he taught me and said to me, “Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live. Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth. ...

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Psalm 119:1-127 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways! You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! ...

1 Peter 2:16 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.

Isaiah 26:10 ESV / 11 helpful votes

If favor is shown to the wicked, he does not learn righteousness; in the land of uprightness he deals corruptly and does not see the majesty of the Lord.

Isaiah 26:3 ESV / 11 helpful votes

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.

Isaiah 5:20 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

Revelation 12:9 ESV / 10 helpful votes

And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

1 Corinthians 15:33 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

Mark 7:20-23 ESV / 10 helpful votes

And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

Psalm 119:11 ESV / 10 helpful votes

I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

Revelation 2:2 ESV / 9 helpful votes

“‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false.

Jeremiah 20:9 ESV / 9 helpful votes

If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.

Psalm 101:4 ESV / 9 helpful votes

A perverse heart shall be far from me; I will know nothing of evil.

1 John 2:15 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

1 Peter 3:9 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.

Hebrews 8:8 ESV / 8 helpful votes

For he finds fault with them when he says: “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah,

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