But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance,(A) but the Lord looks at the heart.”(B)

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17 I know, my God, that you test the heart(A) and are pleased with integrity. All these things I have given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you.(B)

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Bring to an end the violence of the wicked
    and make the righteous secure—(A)
you, the righteous God(B)
    who probes minds and hearts.(C)

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The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,(A)
    but the Lord tests the heart.(B)

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20 But you, Lord Almighty, who judge righteously(A)
    and test the heart(B) and mind,(C)
let me see your vengeance(D) on them,
    for to you I have committed my cause.

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23 I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds,(A) and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.(B)

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