Jeremiah 10:23
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New International Version
LORD, I know that people's lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps.

New Living Translation
I know, LORD, that our lives are not our own. We are not able to plan our own course.

English Standard Version
I know, O LORD, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.

New American Standard Bible
I know, O LORD, that a man's way is not in himself, Nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps.

King James Bible
O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I know, LORD, that a man's way of life is not his own; no one who walks determines his own steps.

International Standard Version
LORD, I know that a person's life is not his to control, nor does a person establish his way in life.

NET Bible
LORD, we know that people do not control their own destiny. It is not in their power to determine what will happen to them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
O LORD, I know that the way humans act is not under their control. Humans do not direct their steps as they walk.

JPS Tanakh 1917
O LORD, I know that man's way is not his own; It is not in man to direct his steps as he walketh.

New American Standard 1977
I know, O LORD, that a man’s way is not in himself;
            Nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps.

Jubilee Bible 2000
O LORD, I know that man is not the lord of his own way: it is not in man that walks to order his steps.

King James 2000 Bible
O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.

American King James Version
O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walks to direct his steps.

American Standard Version
O Jehovah, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I know, O Lord, that the way of a man is not his: neither is it in a man to walk, and to direct his steps.

Darby Bible Translation
I know, Jehovah, that the way of man is not his own; it is not in a man that walketh to direct his steps.

English Revised Version
O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

Webster's Bible Translation
O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

World English Bible
Yahweh, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.

Young's Literal Translation
I have known, O Jehovah, that not of man is his way, Not of man the going and establishing of his step.
Study Bible
Jeremiah's Prayer
22The sound of a report! Behold, it comes-- A great commotion out of the land of the north-- To make the cities of Judah A desolation, a haunt of jackals. 23I know, O LORD, that a man's way is not in himself, Nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps. 24Correct me, O LORD, but with justice; Not with Your anger, or You will bring me to nothing.…
Word Study

O LORD
Yhovah  (yeh-ho-vaw')
(the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God -- Jehovah, the Lord.

I know
yada`  (yaw-dah')
to know (properly, to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially

that the way
derek  (deh'-rek)
a road (as trodden); figuratively, a course of life or mode of action, often adverb

of man
'adam  (aw-dawm')
ruddy i.e. a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.) -- another, + hypocrite, + common sort, low, man (mean, of low degree), person.

is not in himself it is not in man
'iysh  (eesh)
a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation)

that walketh
halak  (haw-lak')
to walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively)

to direct
kuwn  (koon)
to be erect (i.e. stand perpendicular); hence (causatively) to set up, in a great variety of applications

his steps
tsa`ad  (tsah'-ad)
a pace or regular step -- pace, step.

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
10:17-25 The Jews who continued in their own land, felt secure. But, sooner or later, sinners will find all things as the word of God has declared, and that its threatenings are not empty terrors. Submission will support the believer under every grief allotted to him; but what can render the load of Divine vengeance easy to be borne by those who fall under it in sullen despair? Those cannot expect to prosper, who do not, by faith and prayer, take God with them in all their ways. The report of the enemy's approach was very dreadful. Yet the designs which men lay deep, and think well formed, are dashed to pieces in a moment. Events are often overruled, so as to be quite contrary to what we intended and expected. If the Lord has directed our steps into the ways of peace and righteousness, let us entreat him to enable us to walk therein. Say not, Lord, do not correct me; but, Lord, do not correct me in anger. We may bear the smart of God's rod, but we cannot bear the weight of his wrath. Those who restrain prayer, prove that they know not God; for those who know him will seek him, and seek his favour. If even severe corrections lead sinners to be convinced of wholesome truths, they will have abundant cause for gratitude. And they will then humble themselves before the Lord.
Cross References
Proverbs 3:6
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 16:1
The plans of the heart belong to man, But the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.

Proverbs 16:9
The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.

Proverbs 20:24
Man's steps are ordained by the LORD, How then can man understand his way?

Isaiah 26:7
The way of the righteous is smooth; O Upright One, make the path of the righteous level.

Daniel 5:23
but you have exalted yourself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of His house before you, and you and your nobles, your wives and your concubines have been drinking wine from them; and you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which do not see, hear or understand. But the God in whose hand are your life-breath and your ways, you have not glorified.
Treasury of Scripture

O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walks to direct his steps.

Psalm 17:5 Hold up my goings in your paths, that my footsteps slip not.

Psalm 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delights in his way.

Psalm 119:116,117 Uphold me according to your word, that I may live: and let me not …

Proverbs 16:1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, …

Proverbs 20:24 Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?

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