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lebab לֵבָב – Hebrew Word Study

This is one of my more in-depth blog posts, but I am excited to study the word לֵבָב used all throughout the scriptures.

לֵבָב

KJV Bible defines the word as such:

heart (231x)

consider (5x)

mind (4x)

understanding (3x)

The word is used about 250 times in 228 verses throughout the Hebrew Old Testament. (lebab) In the English language is pronounced (lā·väv’) and is most commonly translated as “heart, consider, mind, and understand.”  It is a masculine noun that comes from the root word “labab” which is a verb that means “to ravish, become intelligent, get a mind.”

Some key verses that lebab is found in.:

Deu 4:29

But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

Deu 10:12

And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,

Psa 28:3

Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief is in their hearts.

Psa 86:11

Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name

Psa 86:12

I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.

Comparison

These are only a small portion of where this word is found in the OT, but I want to focus on a specific verse and that is Deut. 10:12, read it again.

Deu 10:12

And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,

Now I want to bring you to a NT verse found in Mark.

Mar 12:30

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.’

The Greek word used here for “heart” in Mark is καρδία now I am not going to dig too deep into the greek word for heart, but I want you to notice the similarity of the verses. Mark new that people in this era new there OT, and that’s so cool, making the reference to the OT, in this case, is SO important. You see it shows that the God that we serve today is the same God that was served thousands of years ago in the OT times.

Prayer

Dear Lord, this post was defiantly more in depth. Lord, I tried to keep it on the simpler side but I pray that you just supernaturally empower those who read just to understand your message that you give through this post.

 

 

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