Proverbs 20:18
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English Standard Version
Plans are established by counsel; by wise guidance wage war.

King James Bible
Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.

American Standard Version
Every purpose is established by counsel; And by wise guidance make thou war.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Designs are strengthened by counsels: and wars are to be managed by governments.

English Revised Version
Every purpose is established by counsel: and by wise guidance make thou war,

Webster's Bible Translation
Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye -

     Jahve hath created them both.

Lwenstein, like the lxx: the ear hears and the eye sees - it is enough to refer to the contrary to Proverbs 20:10 and Proverbs 17:15. In itself the proverb affirms a fact, and that is its sensus simplex; but besides, this fact may be seen from many points of view, and it has many consequences, none of which is to be rejected as contrary to the meaning: (1.) It lies nearest to draw the conclusion, vi eminentiae, which is drawn in Psalm 94:9. God is thus the All-hearing and the All-seeing, from which, on the one side, the consolation arises that everything that is seen stands under His protection and government, Proverbs 15:3; and on the other side, the warning, Aboth ii.:1: "Know what is above thee; a Seeing eye and a Hearing ear, and all thy conduct is marked in His book." (2.) With this also is connected the sense arising out of the combination in Psalm 40:7 : man ought then to use the ear and the eye in conformity with the design which they are intended to subserve, according to the purpose of the Creator (Hitzig compares Proverbs 16:4); it is not first applicable to man with reference to the natural, but to the moral life: he shall not make himself deaf and blind to that which it is his duty to hear and to see; but he ought also not to hear and to see with pleasure that from which he should turn away (Isaiah 33:15) - in all his hearing and seeing he is responsible to the Creator of the ear and the eye. (3.) One may thus interpret "hearing" and "seeing" as commendable properties, as Fleischer suggests from comparison of Proverbs 16:11 : an ear that truly hears (the word of God and the lessons of Wisdom) and an eye that truly sees (the works of God) are a gift of the Creator, and are (Arab.) lillhi, are to be held as high and precious. Thus the proverb, like a polished gem, may be turned now in one direction and now in another; it is to be regarded as a many-sided fact.

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Proverbs 15:22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.

Proverbs 24:6 For by wise counsel you shall make your war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.


Proverbs 25:8 Go not forth hastily to strive, lest you know not what to do in the end thereof, when your neighbor has put you to shame.

Judges 1:1,2 Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass, that the children of Israel asked the LORD, saying...

Judges 9:29 And would to God this people were under my hand! then would I remove Abimelech. And he said to Abimelech, Increase your army...

Judges 20:7,18,23,26-28 Behold, you are all children of Israel; give here your advice and counsel...

2 Samuel 2:26,27 Then Abner called to Joab, and said, Shall the sword devour for ever? know you not that it will be bitterness in the latter end...

2 Chronicles 25:17-23 Then Amaziah king of Judah took advice, and sent to Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, the son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, Come...

Luke 14:31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sits not down first...

Cross References
Luke 14:31
Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?

Proverbs 11:14
Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

Proverbs 15:22
Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.

Proverbs 24:6
for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.

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