Proverbs 21:30
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New International Version
There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.

New Living Translation
No human wisdom or understanding or plan can stand against the LORD.

English Standard Version
No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel can avail against the LORD.

New American Standard Bible
There is no wisdom and no understanding And no counsel against the LORD.

King James Bible
There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
No wisdom, no understanding, and no counsel will prevail against the LORD.

International Standard Version
No wisdom, insight, or counsel can prevail against the LORD.

NET Bible
There is no wisdom and there is no understanding, and there is no counsel against the LORD.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
There is no wisdom, neither intelligence, nor mind, like that of Lord Jehovah.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
No wisdom, no understanding, and no advice [can stand up] against the LORD.

Jubilee Bible 2000
There is no wisdom nor intelligence nor counsel against the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.

American King James Version
There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.

American Standard Version
There is no wisdom nor understanding Nor counsel against Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
There is no wisdom, there is no prudence, there is no counsel against the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
There is no wisdom, nor understanding, nor counsel against Jehovah.

English Revised Version
There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.

World English Bible
There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
There is no wisdom, nor understanding, Nor counsel, over-against Jehovah.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

21:9. It is best to shun bitter contention by pouring out the heart before God. For by prudence and patience, with constant prayer, the cross may be removed. 10. The evil desires of a wicked man's heart, lead to baseness in his conduct. 11. The simple may be made wise by punishments on the wicked, and by instructions to those who are willing to be taught. 12. Good men envy not the prosperity of evil-doers; they see there is a curse on them. 13. Such as oppress the poor by beating down wages, such as will not relieve according to their ability those in distress, and those in authority who neglect to do justice, stop their ears at the cry of the poor. But doubtless care is to be used in the exercise of charity. 14. If money can conquer the fury of the passions, shall reason, the fear of God, and the command of Christ, be too weak to bridle them? 15. There is true pleasure only in the practice of religion. 16. Of all wanderers in the ways of sin, those are in the most dangerous condition who turn aside into the ways of darkness. Yet there is hope even for them in the all-sufficient Saviour; but let them flee to him without delay. 17. A life of worldly pleasure brings ruin on men. 18. The righteous is often delivered out of trouble, and the wicked comes in his stead, and so seems as a ransom for him. 19. Unbridled passions spoil the comfort of all relations. 20. The plenty obtained by prudence, industry, and frugality, is desirable. But the foolish misspend what they have upon their lusts. 21. True repentance and faith will lead him that relies on the mercy of God in Christ, to follow after righteousness and mercy in his own conduct. 22. Those that have wisdom, often do great things, even against those confident of their strength. 23. It is our great concern to keep our souls from being entangled and disquieted. 24. Pride and haughtiness make men passionate; such continually deal in wrath, as if it were their trade to be angry. 25,26. Here is the misery of the slothful; their hands refuse to labour in an honest calling, by which they might get an honest livelihood; yet their hearts cease not to covet riches, pleasures, and honours, which cannot be obtained without labour. But the righteous and industrious have their desires satisfied. 27. When holiness is pretended, but wickedness intended, that especially is an abomination. 28. The doom of a false witness is certain. 29. A wicked man bids defiance to the terrors of the law and the rebukes of Providence. But a good man asks, What does God require of me? 30,31. Means are to be used, but, after all, our safety and salvation are only of the Lord. In our spiritual warfare we must arm ourselves with the whole armour of God; but our strength must be in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 30. - There is no wisdom, nor understanding, nor counsel against the Lord; i.e. in opposition to him, which can be compared with his, or which can avail against him (comp. Job 5:13; Psalm 33:10, 11; Isaiah 29:14; 1 Corinthians 1:20; 1 Corinthians 3:19). Septuagint, "There is no wisdom, there is no courage (ἀνδρεία), there is no counsel, in respect of the ungodly;" πρὸς τὸν ἀσεβῆ, neged Jahve, being taken as "that which is against Jahve," equivalent to "impious." Wordsworth quotes Horace, 'Carm.,' 3:6. 5, etc. -

"Dis te minorem quod geris, imperus:
Hino omne principium, huc refer exitum."
The following verse carries on and applies the import of this one: As men's wisdom is nothing worth, equally vain is all trust in external means and appliances.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

There is no wisdom nor understanding, nor counsel against the Lord. No human schemes whatever, formed with the greatest wisdom and prudence, can ever prevail against God, or set aside or hinder the execution of any design of his; nothing that is pointed against his church, his cause, and interest, his truths and ordinances, in the issue shall succeed; all that are found fighters against him shall not prosper, let them be men of ever so much sagacity and wisdom; though there may be ever so many devices in a man's heart, and these ever so well planned, they shall never defeat the counsel of the Lord; see Proverbs 19:21. The Targum is,

"there is no wisdom, &c. as God's;''

and so the Syriac version, "as the Lord's"; there is none like his, there is none to be compared with his; there is none of any value and worth but his; all is folly in comparison of that: or there is none "before the Lord" (n); no wisdom of the creature can stand before him, it presently vanishes and disappears.

(n) "in conspectu Jehovae", Gejerus; "coram Domino", Gussetius, p. 495.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

30, 31. Men's best devices and reliances are vain compared with God's, or without His aid (Pr 19:21; Ps 20:7; 33:17).

Proverbs 21:30 Additional Commentaries
Context
The King's Heart is in the Lord's Hand
29A wicked man displays a bold face, But as for the upright, he makes his way sure. 30There is no wisdom and no understanding And no counsel against the LORD. 31The horse is prepared for the day of battle, But victory belongs to the LORD.
Cross References
Acts 5:38
Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail.

Acts 5:39
But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God."

1 Corinthians 3:19
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight. As it is written: "He catches the wise in their craftiness";

1 Corinthians 3:20
and again, "The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile."

Ecclesiastes 6:10
Whatever exists has already been named, and what humanity is has been known; no one can contend with someone who is stronger.

Isaiah 45:9
"Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker, those who are nothing but potsherds among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, 'What are you making?' Does your work say, 'The potter has no hands'?

Jeremiah 9:23
This is what the LORD says: "Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches,
Treasury of Scripture

There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.

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

Isaiah 7:5-7 Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah, have taken evil …

Isaiah 8:9,10 Associate yourselves, O you people, and you shall be broken in pieces; …

Isaiah 14:27 For the LORD of hosts has purposed, and who shall cancel it? and …

Isaiah 46:10,11 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the …

Jeremiah 9:23 Thus said the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither …

Jonah 1:13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they …

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

Acts 5:39 But if it be of God, you cannot overthrow it; lest haply you be found …

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

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