Proverbs 16:9
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New International Version
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.

New Living Translation
We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.

English Standard Version
The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.

New American Standard Bible
The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.

King James Bible
A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A man's heart plans his way, but the LORD determines his steps.

International Standard Version
A person plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.

NET Bible
A person plans his course, but the LORD directs his steps.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The heart of a son of man plans his ways and Lord Jehovah orders his steps.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A person may plan his own journey, but the LORD directs his steps.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The heart of man devises his way, but the LORD directs his steps.

King James 2000 Bible
A man's heart plans his way: but the LORD directs his steps.

American King James Version
A man's heart devises his way: but the LORD directs his steps.

American Standard Version
A man's heart deviseth his way; But Jehovah directeth his steps.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The heart of man disposeth his way: but the Lord must direct his steps.

Darby Bible Translation
The heart of man deviseth his way, but Jehovah directeth his steps.

English Revised Version
A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

Webster's Bible Translation
A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

World English Bible
A man's heart plans his course, but Yahweh directs his steps.

Young's Literal Translation
The heart of man deviseth his way, And Jehovah establisheth his step.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

16:4. God makes use of the wicked to execute righteous vengeance on each other; and he will be glorified by their destruction at last. 5. Though sinners strengthen themselves and one another, they shall not escape God's judgments. 6. By the mercy and truth of God in Christ Jesus, the sins of believers are taken away, and the power of sin is broken. 7. He that has all hearts in his hand, can make a man's enemies to be at peace with him. 8. A small estate, honestly come by, will turn to better account than a great estate ill-gotten. 9. If men make God's glory their end, and his will their rule, he will direct their steps by his Spirit and grace. 10. Let kings and judges of the earth be just, and rule in the fear of God. 11. To observe justice in dealings between man and man is God's appointment.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. - A man's heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps (ver. 1). "Man proposes, God disposes" or, as the Germans say, "Der Mensch denkt, Gott lenkt" (comp. Proverbs 20:24). The word rendered "deviseth" implies, by its spectra, intensity of thought and care. Man meditates and prepares his plans with the utmost solicitude, but it rests with God whether he shall carry them to completion or not, and whether, if they are to be accomplished, it be done with ease or with painful labour (comp. Genesis 24:12, etc.). We all remember Shakespeare's words in 'Hamlet' -

"There's a divinity that shapes our ends,
Rough-hew them how we will."
Septuagint, "Let the heart of man consider what is just, that his steps may be by God directed might" (comp. Jeremiah 10:23).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A man's heart deviseth his way,.... This is to be understood, not of a wicked man, in whose heart is frowardness, and who devises mischief and evil imaginations continually, Proverbs 6:14; for such are an abomination to the Lord; nor will he direct their goings, or prosper and succeed them in their ways: but of a good man, or righteous man, as Aben Ezra; who thinks of the way in which he should go, and desires to walk in a right way, as Jarchi; and who is influenced by the Spirit and grace of God to think and act in this manner; for otherwise the way of man is not in himself; it is not of his own devising and finding out; nor is his disposition to walk in it of himself; and it is only such a man, a good man, whose steps are ordered by the Lord, as follows; see Jeremiah 10:23;

but the Lord directeth his steps: to go right on, and not turn to the right hand or the left; and to walk safely and surely, through a variety of troubles and difficulties, to his kingdom and glory.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. (Compare Pr 16:3).

directeth—establisheth.

Proverbs 16:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Tongue's Answer is from the Lord
8Better is a little with righteousness Than great income with injustice. 9The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps. 10A divine decision is in the lips of the king; His mouth should not err in judgment.…
Cross References
Psalm 37:23
The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him;

Proverbs 16:1
To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the proper answer of the tongue.

Proverbs 16:8
Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.

Proverbs 19:21
Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.

Proverbs 20:24
A person's steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand their own way?

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

A man's heart devises his way: but the LORD directs his steps.

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

Proverbs 19:21 There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel …

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

Proverbs 21:30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.

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

Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the …

Jeremiah 10:23 O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in …

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