Proverbs 20:5
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New International Version
The purposes of a person's heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.

New Living Translation
Though good advice lies deep within the heart, a person with understanding will draw it out.

English Standard Version
The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.

New American Standard Bible
A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water, But a man of understanding draws it out.

King James Bible
Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Counsel in a man's heart is deep water; but a man of understanding draws it out.

International Standard Version
The intentions of a person's heart are deep waters, but a discerning person reveals them.

NET Bible
Counsel in a person's heart is like deep water, but an understanding person draws it out.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The word in the heart of the King is deep, and a wise man will draw it out.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A motive in the human heart is like deep water, and a person who has understanding draws it out.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, but a man of intelligence will draw it out.

King James 2000 Bible
Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

American King James Version
Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

American Standard Version
Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; But a man of understanding will draw it out.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Counsel in the heart of a man is like deep water: but a wise man will draw it out.

Darby Bible Translation
Counsel in the heart of man is deep water, and a man of understanding draweth it out.

English Revised Version
Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

Webster's Bible Translation
Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

World English Bible
Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

Young's Literal Translation
Counsel in the heart of a man is deep water, And a man of understanding draweth it up.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

20:5. Though many capable of giving wise counsel are silent, yet something may be drawn from them, which will reward those who obtain it. 6. It is hard to find those that have done, and will do more good than they speak, or care to hear spoken of.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water. The thoughts and purposes of a man are hidden in his breast like deep water (Proverbs 18:4) in the bosom of the earth, hard to fathom, hard to get. But a man of understanding will draw it out. One who is intelligent and understands human nature penetrates the secret, and, by judicious questions and remarks, draws out (ἐξαντλήσει, Septuagint) the hidden thought.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water,.... Pure and undisturbed, but secret, hidden, and hard to be come at: such are the things of the spirit of a man, the thoughts of his mind, the devices of his heart; which, though easily known by the searcher of hearts, are not easily penetrated into by men; or it is not easily got out of them what is in them, especially in some men, who are very close and reserved. This is true of wicked men, who seek sleep to hide their counsel; and of good men, especially studious men, who have got a great deal of wisdom and knowledge in them, but not very communicative, being slow of speech, and silent in conversation;

but a man of understanding will draw it out; he will find ways and means to discover the secret designs of wicked men, whether against church or state; and, by asking proper questions, an understanding man will get out useful things from men of knowledge, the most reserved: some men must be pumped, and a good deal of pains must be taken with them, to get out anything of them, as in getting water out of a deep well, and which when got is very good; and so is that wisdom and knowledge which is gotten by an inquisitive man from another of superior knowledge, but not very diffusive of it.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. Counsel … water—that is, deeply hidden (Pr 18:4; Ps 13:2). The wise can discern well.

Proverbs 20:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Wine is a Mocker
4The sluggard does not plow after the autumn, So he begs during the harvest and has nothing. 5A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water, But a man of understanding draws it out. 6Many a man proclaims his own loyalty, But who can find a trustworthy man?…
Cross References
Proverbs 18:4
The words of the mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream.

Proverbs 20:4
Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing.

Proverbs 20:6
Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find?
Treasury of Scripture

Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

Proverbs 18:4 The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring …

Psalm 64:6 They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both …

1 Corinthians 2:11 For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which …

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