Pr 16:2 ¶ All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits. Ac 1:24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, 1Sa 16:7 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. Mt 12:34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. Ge 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Ge 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. Pr 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Jer 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Words and actions are mere manifestations of the heart. Therefore, the state or condition of the heart determines the nature of the words and actions rather than the appearance of those words and actions. For example, Jesus said that the outward life of the Pharisee was "whited" or "clean" in the sight of men. However, Christ told the pharisees that the inside must first be clean so that the outside could be clean in God's sight: Mt. 23:26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. 27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. 28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. Therefore, outward actions that appear righteous "to men" are not righteous in God's sight unless the inside is cleansed "first" (Mt. 23:26). No man is able to cleanse his own heart any more than he can forgive himself. Even though man is commanded to "be ye perfect even as God is perfect" no man has that ability. As Job says no man can bring something clean out of an unclean thing. The MOTIVE of the heart determines the condition or state of the heart behind words and actions. The only right heart motive for all we say or do is to say and do all things "for the glory of God" and to come short of the glory of God is the essence of sin.