Okay, lev or leb is Hebrew for heart. I hope your lev life is right on track. In the Bible, we know that heart is often interchanged with spirit. Strong’s concordance, calls it the inner man or woman, again there are both masculine and feminine attachments. God is not always speaking of the physical organ that sends blood through our system and keeps us going. Yet, it can race, pound or become ill, grieve or beat for someone we love. Anxiety and fear can send us reeling with a chest full of tightness or cause us to skip a beat which is why we need His peace.
Let’s look at a few verses. Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source/ wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23 I recommend reading different translations. The Orthodox Jewish Bible, Set watch over and guard thy lev with all diligence; for out of it are the totze’ot chayyim (issues, wellsprings of life. ) with a note to Mark 7:20-23.
While the word issues here can mean to flow, just like our bloodstream works, all our lives and decisions are made from intelligence, thoughts, beliefs, everything flows from our souls, minds, wills and emotions. But what is in our minds and hearts, while determining our lives may not be the correct way to go. We should not pray or decide based on worry of fear, should we? Spur of the moment decisions may have lasting consequences. What you think about and say matters, the devil takes what God sows in our hearts if we do not understand it.
The good man brings good things out of the good treasure of his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil treasure of his heart. For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. Luke 6:45
The word for mouth is peh, like pay, and it speaks what it is full of, and what comes from the heart or lev. I like the Contemporary Version here, Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.
So your heart or spirit, ruach, can be pure or evil. If you are guided by your flesh or the world’s ideas, influenced by the enemy. Your ways and thoughts can become evil and well up in your heart/ lev and out your peh, mouth. Jesus also spoke of this in Matthew 12:34, and 15:18 and 19.
So our hearts control our thoughts and actions, and run over into our speech. So where is our treasure? Hopefully, it is in Yeshua. For where your treasure / otzarot is, there your heart / lev will be also. Matthew 6:21
Hope/ tikvah deferred makes the heart/ lev sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12 And a wholesome tongue is just that. To dream is kha lom. Lost dreams are very hurtful, even the waiting on God.
And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Colossians 3:15, and His peace, John 14:27
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phillipians 4:7, this is a verse that I came to rely on and I always will, the difference between me trying to guard my heart/ lev and letting Jesus do it, but in the verse before we are to not be anxious and pray, and after He tells us what to think on the pure, lovely, thinking God approves of and wants in our heart/lev.
Although we are studying the Hebrew words, the Greek for hearts is kardios, and I love the peace, eiréné: one, peace, quietness, rest. The heart is the seat of emotional and intellectual life, though is referred to in “maḥshebot libbo” thoughts of his heart, Psalm 33:11 and in “morashe lebabi”, possessions or thoughts of my heart, Job, 17:11
What a cute phrase, “dibber ‘im leb” Ecclesiastes 1: 16 “to speak to the heart” or “to oneself”. The heart knows and perceives, Deuteronomy 29:3, remembers and forgets, I Samuel 21:13 And a man with or without understanding either has heart or not, heart and soul are interchangeable and with it being mentioned over a thousand times in the Bible, I can promise you one post won’t begin to cover it. Sometimes it is literal and others is in reference to the soul.
Hearts should be the center of wit and joy, love and creativity, They should give the body the peace of Christ, by remaining in His rest. As a final note the word for dog is kelev or keleb, where we get the name Caleb, meaning faithful and dog. See the lev or leb in it. He knew we would love our pets and even put a heart in our dog or a dog in our heart. 🙂
I hope you have enjoyed learning about hearts, there are so many more verses. You don’t have to look up all thousand or so, but try a few, and then I might ask you again, how is your lev life?