Proverbs 3:6
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New International Version
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

New Living Translation
Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

English Standard Version
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

New American Standard Bible
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.

King James Bible
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.

International Standard Version
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

NET Bible
Acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Know him in all your ways and he straightens your paths.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths smooth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

King James 2000 Bible
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.

American King James Version
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.

American Standard Version
In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he will direct thy paths.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In all thy ways think on him, and he will direct thy steps.

Darby Bible Translation
in all thy ways acknowledge him, and he will make plain thy paths.

English Revised Version
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Webster's Bible Translation
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he will direct thy paths.

World English Bible
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Young's Literal Translation
In all thy ways know thou Him, And He doth make straight thy paths.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:1-6 In the way of believing obedience to God's commandments health and peace may commonly be enjoyed; and though our days may not be long upon earth, we shall live for ever in heaven. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee; God's mercy in promising, and his truth in performing: live up to them, keep up thine interest in them, and take the comfort of them. We must trust in the Lord with all our hearts, believing he is able and wise to do what is best. Those who know themselves, find their own understandings a broken reed, which, if they lean upon, will fail. Do not design any thing but what is lawful, and beg God to direct thee in every case, though it may seem quite plain. In all our ways that prove pleasant, in which we gain our point, we must acknowledge God with thankfulness. In all our ways that prove uncomfortable, and that are hedged up with thorns, we must acknowledge him with submission. It is promised, He shall direct thy paths; so that thy way shall be safe and good, and happy at last.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - In all thy ways. This expression covers the whole area of life's action - all its acts and undertakings, its spiritual and secular sides, no less than its public and private, It guards against our acknowledging God in great crises and solemn acts of worship only (Plumptre). Acknowledge (daehu); Vulgate, cogita; LXX., γνέριζε. The Hebrew verb yada signifies "to know, recognize." To acknowledge God is, therefore, to recognize, in all our dealings and undertakings, God's overruling providence, which "shapes our ends, rough hew them as we will." It is not a mere theoretical acknowledgment, but one that engages the whole energies of the soul (Delitzsch), and sees in God power, wisdom, providence, goodness, and justice. This meaning is conveyed by the Vulgate cogitare, which is "to consider" in all parts, "to reflect upon." David's advice to his son Solomon is, "Know thou (ola) the God of thy father." We may well acknowledge Jehovah; for he "knoweth the way of the righteous" (Psalm 1:6). Acknowledging God also implies that we first ascertain whether what we are about to take in hand is in accordance with his precepts, and then look for his direction and illumination (Wardlaw). And he shall direct thy paths (v'hu y'yashsher or'khotheyka); i.e. he himself shall make them straight, or level, removing all obstacles out of the way; or they shall, under God's direction, prosper and come to a successful issue; they shall be virtuous, inasmuch as deviation into vice will be guarded against, and happy, because they are prosperous. The pronoun v'hu is emphatic, "he himself;" Vulgate, et ipse. Yashar, piel. is "to make a way straight," as in Proverbs 9:15; Proverbs 15:21; Proverbs 11:5. Cf. the LXX. ὀρθοτομεῖν, "to cut straight" (see on Proverbs 11:5). God here binds himself by a covenant (Lapide). This power is properly attributed to God, for "it is not in man to direct his steps" (Jeremiah 10:23).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

In all thy ways acknowledge him,.... Or "know him" (l); the Lord: set him before thee; have him always in view; consider him as ever present with thee, observing every step thou takest; and take not one step without his leave, and without his advice; ask wisdom of him who gives liberally; consult his word, and make the Scriptures thy counsellors, or the men of thy counsel, as in Psalm 119:24; take him as your guide; observe the footsteps of his providence; follow the Lamb wheresoever he goes; walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit; when things go cross and adverse, and not to your mind, submit to his sovereignty; and be still and know that he is God, that does all things right, for his own glory and his people's good, Psalm 46:10; and when things succeed, give him the glory of all; own his hand in it, and the bounty of it; acknowledge that all you have, in providence and grace, come from him;

and he shall direct thy paths; man cannot direct his own; no, not a man: this is a blessing from the Lord; who steps of his people, keeps the feet of his saints, and directs them aright in things temporal and spiritual, Jeremiah 10:23.

(l) "scito eum", Pagninus, Montanus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. ways—(Ps 1:1).

acknowledge—by seeking His wise aid (Pr 16:3; Ps 37:5; Jer 9:23, 24).

direct—literally, "make plain" (compare Heb 12:13).

Proverbs 3:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Trust in the Lord
5Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. 6In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. 7Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.…
Cross References
Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

James 1:5
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

Numbers 9:20
Sometimes the cloud was over the tabernacle only a few days; at the LORD's command they would encamp, and then at his command they would set out.

1 Chronicles 28:9
"And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.

Nehemiah 7:5
So my God put it into my heart to assemble the nobles, the officials and the common people for registration by families. I found the genealogical record of those who had been the first to return. This is what I found written there:

Proverbs 11:5
The righteousness of the blameless makes their paths straight, but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.

Proverbs 16:3
Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.

Isaiah 30:21
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."

Isaiah 45:13
I will raise up Cyrus in my righteousness: I will make all his ways straight. He will rebuild my city and set my exiles free, but not for a price or reward, says the LORD Almighty."

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

Jeremiah 42:3
Pray that the LORD your God will tell us where we should go and what we should do."
Treasury of Scripture

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.

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Proverbs 16:3 Commit your works to the LORD, and your thoughts shall be established.

Proverbs 23:17 Let not your heart envy sinners: but be you in the fear of the LORD …

1 Samuel 4:11,12 And the ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and …

1 Samuel 30:8 And David inquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this …

1 Chronicles 28:9 And you, Solomon my son, know you the God of your father, and serve …

Ezra 7:27 Blessed be the LORD God of our fathers, which has put such a thing …

Ezra 8:22,23 For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen …

Nehemiah 1:11 O LORD, I beseech you, let now your ear be attentive to the prayer …

Nehemiah 2:4 Then the king said to me, For what do you make request? So I prayed …

1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do all to …

2 Corinthians 8:16 But thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart …

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication …

Colossians 3:17,23 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord …

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Proverbs 16:9 A man's heart devises his way: but the LORD directs his steps.

Psalm 25:8,9 Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way…

Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go: …

Isaiah 30:21 And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, …

Isaiah 48:17 Thus said the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the …

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

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all …

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