1 SAMUEL 16:7

man looks at outward appearance, God looks at the heart

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In this verse, God tells Samuel that people judge others by their external appearance. Yet God looks for goodness and beauty within. The word God uses for “heart” is the Hebrew word לַלֵּבָֽב׃ pronounced lēbāb meaning heart, soul, mind, conscience and moral character among other definitions. So God sees all of us, our complete self, inside and out.

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“But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

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1 Samuel 16:7 Translation & Meaning

What does this verse really mean? Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew Scripture. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. Follow the buttons in the right-hand column for detailed definitions and verses that use the same root words. Use this reference information to gain deeper insight into the Bible and enrich your understanding. Information based on Strong's Exhaustive Concordance[1].

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But the Lord יְהוָ֜ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
said וַיֹּ֨אמֶר To say (used with great latitude) said
unto אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to unto
Samuel, שְׁמוּאֵ֗ל Shemuel, the name of three Israelites Samuel
Look תַּבֵּ֧ט To scan, i.e., look intently at; by implication, to regard with pleasure, favor or care Look
not אַל Not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing not
on אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to on
his countenance, מַרְאֵ֛הוּ A view (the act of seeing); also an appearance (the thing seen), whether (real) a shape (especially if handsome, comeliness; often plural the looks), or (mental) a vision countenance
or on וְאֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to or on
the height גְּבֹ֥הַּ Elevated (or elated), powerful, arrogant height
of his stature; קֽוֹמָת֖וֹ Height stature
because כִּ֣י (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed because
I have refused מְאַסְתִּ֑יהוּ To spurn; also (intransitively) to disappear refused
him: for כִּ֣י׀ (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed him for
the Lord seeth (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
not לֹ֗א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
as אֲשֶׁ֤ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc as
man הָֽאָדָ֔ם Ruddy i.e., a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.) man
seeth; יִרְאֶה֙ To see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitive, intransitive and causative) seeth
for כִּ֤י (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed for
man הָֽאָדָם֙ Ruddy i.e., a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.) man
looketh יִרְאֶ֣ה To see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitive, intransitive and causative) looketh
on the outward appearance, לַעֵינַ֔יִם An eye (literally or figuratively); by analogy, a fountain (as the eye of the landscape) outward appearance
but the Lord וַֽיהוָ֖ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
looketh יִרְאֶ֥ה To see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitive, intransitive and causative) looketh
on the heart. לַלֵּבָֽב׃ The heart (as the most interior organ) heart

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  • 5  And he said, Peaceably: I am come to sacrifice unto the Lord: sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice. And he sanctified Jesse and his sons, and called them to the sacrifice.

  • 6  And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the Lord's anointed is before him.

  • 7  But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

  • 8  Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither hath the Lord chosen this.

  • 9  Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said, Neither hath the Lord chosen this.




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