Proverbs 20:24
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English Standard Version
A man’s steps are from the LORD; how then can man understand his way?

King James Bible
Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?

American Standard Version
A man's goings are of Jehovah; How then can man understand his way?

Douay-Rheims Bible
The steps of man are guided by the Lord: but who is the man that can understand his own way?

English Revised Version
A man's goings are of the LORD; how then can man understand his way?

Webster's Bible Translation
Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

18 Plans are established by counsel,

     And with prudent government make war.

From the conception of a thought, practically influencing the formation of our own life and the life of the community, to its accomplishment there is always a long way which does not lead to the end unless one goes forward with counsel and strength combined, and considers all means and eventualities. The Niph. of כּוּן means, in a passive sense: to be accomplished or realized (Psalm 141:2). The clause 18a is true for times of war as well as for times of peace; war is disastrous, unless it is directed with strategic skill (vid., regarding תּחבּות, Proverbs 1:5). Grotius compares the proverb, Γνῶμαι πλέον δρατοῦσιν ἢ σθένος χειρῶν. In Proverbs 24:6, the necessity of counsel is also referred to the case of war. Ewald would read [the infin.] עשׂה, or עשׂה: with management it is that one carries on war. But why? Because to him the challenge to carry on war appears to be contrary to the spirit of proverbial poetry. But the author of the proverb does certainly mean: if thou hast to carry on war, carry it on with the skill of a general; and the imper. is protected by Proverbs 24:6 against that infin., which is, besides, stylistically incongruous.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

man's

Psalm 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delights in his way.

Jeremiah 10:23 O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walks to direct his steps.

Daniel 5:23 But have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before you, and you...

Acts 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

how

Proverbs 14:8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.

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

Psalm 25:4,12 Show me your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths...

Isaiah 10:6,7 I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil...

Cross References
Proverbs 16:9
The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.

Jeremiah 10:23
I know, O LORD, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.

Daniel 5:23
but you have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven. And the vessels of his house have been brought in before you, and you and your lords, your wives, and your concubines have drunk wine from them. And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or know, but the God in whose hand is your breath, and whose are all your ways, you have not honored.

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