…hristian scholars note the verse is misunderstood. The renowned Stephen Motyer says, in a footnote: “In fact, ‘deep’ is probably a better translation than ‘devious’, because the Hebrew word (‘ q b) simply (and vividly) expresses the way in which our own hearts can gang up on us and spring surprises that leave us gasping to understand ourselves.”
I read a translation of the ‘qb’’ that goes as follows:
In the Hebrew language exists a cluster of words that are formed around the pervasive form קב (qb), which appears to reflect a down- or inward notion, creating a hollow that contains or should contain something precious or related to growth.
Thank you so very much for writing this. This is a topic I was in the process of researching. Imagine if everyone believed we were actually made in the image God. Our essence, our innate nature, is good. No one is evil. We do evil things because we were lied to and now believe we are evil. Imagine the freedom that would come if we believed our humanity makes us good and that’s it.