Proverbs 21:1
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New International Version
In the LORD's hand the king's heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him.

New Living Translation
The king's heart is like a stream of water directed by the LORD; he guides it wherever he pleases.

English Standard Version
The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will.

New American Standard Bible
The king's heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes.

King James Bible
The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A king's heart is like streams of water in the LORD's hand: He directs it wherever He chooses.

International Standard Version
A king's heart is a water stream that the LORD controls; he directs it wherever he pleases.

NET Bible
The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD like channels of water; he turns it wherever he wants.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The heart of the King is like a stream of waters in the hands of God, and he turns it wherever he chooses.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The king's heart is like streams of water. Both are under the LORD's control. He turns them in any direction he chooses.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the watercourses: He turneth it whithersoever He will.

New American Standard 1977
The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD;
            He turns it wherever He wishes.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water, he turns it wherever he will.

King James 2000 Bible
The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turns it wherever he will.

American King James Version
The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turns it wherever he will.

American Standard Version
The king's heart is in the hand of Jehovah as the watercourses: He turneth it whithersoever he will.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As the divisions of waters, so the heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord: whithersoever he will he shall turn it.

Darby Bible Translation
The king's heart in the hand of Jehovah is [as] brooks of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

English Revised Version
The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD as the watercourses: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

Webster's Bible Translation
The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

World English Bible
The king's heart is in Yahweh's hand like the watercourses. He turns it wherever he desires.

Young's Literal Translation
Rivulets of waters is the heart of a king in the hand of Jehovah, Wherever He pleaseth He inclineth it.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
21:1 The believer, perceiving that the Lord rules every heart as he sees fit, like the husbandman who turns the water through his grounds as he pleases, seeks to have his own heart, and the hearts of others, directed in his faith, fear, and love. 2. We are partial in judging ourselves and our actions. 3. Many deceive themselves with a conceit that outward devotions will excuse unrighteousness. 4. Sin is the pride, the ambition, the glory, the joy, and the business of wicked men. 5. The really diligent employ foresight as well as labour. 6. While men seek wealth by unlawful practices, they seek death. 7. Injustice will return upon the sinner, and will destroy him here and for ever. 8. The way of mankind by nature is froward and strange.
Study Bible
The King's Heart is in the Lord's Hand
1The king's heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes. 2Every man's way is right in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the hearts.…
Cross References
Ezra 6:22
And they observed the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with joy, for the LORD had caused them to rejoice, and had turned the heart of the king of Assyria toward them to encourage them in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.

Jeremiah 39:12
"Take him and look after him, and do nothing harmful to him, but rather deal with him just as he tells you."
Treasury of Scripture

The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turns it wherever he will.

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Psalm 74:15 You did split the fountain and the flood: you dried up mighty rivers.

Psalm 93:4 The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yes, …

Psalm 114:3,5 The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back…

Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall you …

Isaiah 44:27 That said to the deep, Be dry, and I will dry up your rivers:

Revelation 16:4,12 And the third angel poured out his vial on the rivers and fountains …

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