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

New Living Translation
You can make many plans, but the LORD's purpose will prevail.

English Standard Version
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.

New American Standard Bible
Many plans are in a man's heart, But the counsel of the LORD will stand.

King James Bible
There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Many plans are in a man's heart, but the LORD's decree will prevail.

International Standard Version
Many plans occupy the mind of a man, but the LORD's purposes will prevail.

NET Bible
There are many plans in a person's mind, but it is the counsel of the LORD which will stand.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Many are the thoughts in the heart of a man, and the counsel of Lord Jehovah will be confirmed.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Many plans are in the human heart, but the advice of the LORD will endure.

Jubilee Bible 2000
There are many thoughts in the heart of man; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD shall stand.

King James 2000 Bible
There are many plans in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.

American King James Version
There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.

American Standard Version
There are many devices in a man's heart; But the counsel of Jehovah, that shall stand.

Douay-Rheims Bible
There are many thoughts in the heart of a man: but the will of the Lord shall stand firm.

Darby Bible Translation
Many are the thoughts in a man's heart, but the counsel of Jehovah, that doth stand.

English Revised Version
There are many devices in a man's heart; but the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.

Webster's Bible Translation
There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.

World English Bible
There are many plans in a man's heart, but Yahweh's counsel will prevail.

Young's Literal Translation
Many are the purposes in a man's heart, And the counsel of Jehovah it standeth.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

19:19. The spared and spoiled child is likely to become a man of great wrath. 20. Those that would be wise in their latter end, must be taught and ruled when young. 21. What should we desire, but that all our purposes may agree with God's holy will? 22. It is far better to have a heart to do good, and want ability for it, than to have ability for it, and want a heart to it. 23. Those that live in the fear of God, shall get safety, satisfaction, and true and complete happiness. 24. Indolence, when indulged, so grows upon people, that they have no heart to do the most needful things for themselves. 25. A gentle rebuke goes farthest with a man of understanding. 26. The young man who wastes his father's substance, or makes his aged mother destitute, is hateful, and will come to disgrace.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 21. - The immutability of the counsel of God is contrasted with the shifting, fluctuating purposes of man (comp. Proverbs 16:1, 9; Numbers 23:19; Malachi 3:6). Aben Ezra connects this verse with the preceding, as though it gave the reason for the advice contained therein. But it is most natural to take the maxim in a general sense, as above Wisd. 9:14, "The thoughts of mortal men are miserable, and our devices are but uncertain." The counsel of the Lord, that shall stand; permanebit, Vulgate; εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα μενε1FC0;ι, "shall abide forever," Septuagint (Psalm 33:11).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

There are many devices in a man's heart,.... Some about civil things; to get wealth and riches: to obtain honour and glory among men; to attain to a long life, and to perpetuate their memories after death: some about sinful things; to gratify their carnal lusts and sensual appetites; and to do mischief to others, particularly the people of God, and the cause and interest of Christ: some about religious things; coming new doctrines, devising new ordinances and modes of worship; contriving other methods of salvation than by Christ; as by the light of nature; by the law of Moses; by mere morality, civility, and external justice between man and man; by keeping to the religion they were born and brought up in; and by a mere outward profession of religion, and submission to ordinances, and performance of duties, and a multitude more of the like kind;

nevertheless, the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand; and can never be frustrated by the devices of man's heart, though there are many, and that but one; see Psalm 33:10. This may be applied to the Gospel, and the scheme of salvation in it, called the whole counsel of God, Acts 20:27; it being the fruit of infinite wisdom, and the effect of a divine council between the eternal Three, and full of the best advice and instructions to the sons of men; and which has stood, and shall stand, notwithstanding the persecutions of wicked men, the craft of false teachers, and the ridicule of a profane world; it will continue till all the elect are gathered in, even, to the end of the world; and so will the ordinances of it, which are also called the counsel of God, Luke 7:30; and which will continue till the second coming of Christ. Moreover, the purposes of God, his counsels of old, or his eternal decrees, may be here meant; which are wisely formed in his own breast, and are not frustrable; and according to which counsel of his will all things are done in nature, providence, and grace; all things in this world are ordered as he pleases, and all things are done as he has ordered them; all his purposes are or will be fulfilled; his designs will be accomplished in the world and in his church, in spite of all the schemes, contrivances, and opposition of men and devils.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

21. (Compare Pr 16:1, 9; Ps 33:10, 11). The failure of man's devices is implied.

Proverbs 19:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
Better is the Poor Man with Integrity
20Listen to counsel and accept discipline, That you may be wise the rest of your days. 21Many plans are in a man's heart, But the counsel of the LORD will stand. 22What is desirable in a man is his kindness, And it is better to be a poor man than a liar.…
Cross References
Hebrews 6:17
Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath.

Psalm 33:10
The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.

Psalm 33:11
But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.

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

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

Proverbs 19:22
What a person desires is unfailing love; better to be poor than a liar.

Isaiah 14:26
This is the plan determined for the whole world; this is the hand stretched out over all nations.

Isaiah 14:27
For the LORD Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?

Isaiah 46:10
I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, 'My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.'

Jeremiah 44:29
"'This will be the sign to you that I will punish you in this place,' declares the LORD, 'so that you will know that my threats of harm against you will surely stand.'
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There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.

many

Proverbs 12:2 A good man obtains favor of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices …

Genesis 37:19,20 And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer comes…

Esther 9:25 But when Esther came before the king, he commanded by letters that …

Psalm 21:11 For they intended evil against you: they imagined a mischievous device, …

Psalm 33:10,11 The LORD brings the counsel of the heathen to nothing: he makes the …

Psalm 83:4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; …

Ecclesiastes 7:29 See, this only have I found, that God has made man upright; but they …

Isaiah 7:6,7 Let us go up against Judah, and vex it, and let us make a breach …

Daniel 11:24,25 He shall enter peaceably even on the fattest places of the province; …

Matthew 26:4,5 And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtlety, and kill him…

Matthew 27:63,64 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet …

nevertheless

Proverbs 16:1,9 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, …

Proverbs 21:1,30 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: …

Genesis 45:4-8 And Joseph said to his brothers, Come near to me, I pray you. And …

Genesis 50:20 But as for you, you thought evil against me; but God meant it to …

Job 23:13 But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desires, …

Isaiah 14:24,26,27 The LORD of hosts has sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so …

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

Daniel 4:35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and …

Acts 4:27,28 For of a truth against your holy child Jesus, whom you have anointed, …

Acts 5:38,39 And now I say to you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: …

Ephesians 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance…

Hebrews 6:17,18 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show to the heirs of promise …

1 Peter 2:8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense, even to them which …

Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old …

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