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

New Living Translation
I know, LORD, that our lives are not our own. We are not able to plan our own course.

English Standard Version
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.

Berean Study Bible
I know, O LORD, that a man’s way is not his own; no one who walks directs his own steps.

New American Standard Bible
I know, O LORD, that a man's way is not in himself, Nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps.

King James Bible
O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

Christian Standard Bible
I know, LORD, that a person's way of life is not his own; no one who walks determines his own steps.

Contemporary English Version
I know, LORD, that we humans are not in control of our own lives.

Good News Translation
LORD, I know that none of us are in charge of our own destiny; none of us have control over our own life.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I know, LORD, that a man's way of life is not his own; no one who walks determines his own steps.

International Standard Version
LORD, I know that a person's life is not his to control, nor does a person establish his way in life.

NET Bible
LORD, we know that people do not control their own destiny. It is not in their power to determine what will happen to them.

New Heart English Bible
LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
O LORD, I know that the way humans act is not under their control. Humans do not direct their steps as they walk.

JPS Tanakh 1917
O LORD, I know that man's way is not his own; It is not in man to direct his steps as he walketh.

New American Standard 1977
I know, O LORD, that a man’s way is not in himself; Nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps.

Jubilee Bible 2000
O LORD, I know that man is not the lord of his own way: it is not in man that walks to order his steps.

King James 2000 Bible
O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.

American King James Version
O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walks to direct his steps.

American Standard Version
O Jehovah, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
I know, O Lord, that man's way is not his own; neither shall a man go, and direct his going.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I know, O Lord, that the way of a man is not his: neither is it in a man to walk, and to direct his steps.

Darby Bible Translation
I know, Jehovah, that the way of man is not his own; it is not in a man that walketh to direct his steps.

English Revised Version
O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

Webster's Bible Translation
O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

World English Bible
Yahweh, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.

Young's Literal Translation
I have known, O Jehovah, that not of man is his way, Not of man the going and establishing of his step.
Study Bible
Jeremiah's Prayer
23I know, O LORD, that a man’s way is not his own; no one who walks directs his own steps. 24Correct me, O LORD, but only with justice—not in Your anger, or You will bring me to nothing.…
Cross References
Proverbs 3:6
in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 16:1
The plans of the heart belong to man, but the reply of the tongue is from the LORD.

Proverbs 16:9
A man's heart plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.

Proverbs 20:24
A man's steps are from the LORD, so how can anyone understand his own way?

Isaiah 26:7
The path of the righteous is level; You clear a straight path for the righteous.

Daniel 5:23
Instead, you have exalted yourself against the Lord of heaven. The vessels from His house were brought to you, and as you drank wine from them with your nobles, wives, and concubines, you praised gods of silver and gold, bronze and iron, wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or understand. But you have failed to glorify the God who holds in His hand your very breath and all your ways.

Treasury of Scripture

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

Psalm 17:5
Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.

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

Psalm 119:116,117
Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope…







Lexicon
I know,
יָדַ֣עְתִּי (yā·ḏa‘·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3045: To know

O LORD,
יְהוָ֔ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

that
כִּ֛י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

a man’s
לָאָדָ֖ם (lā·’ā·ḏām)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 120: Ruddy, a human being

way
דַּרְכּ֑וֹ (dar·kōw)
Noun - common singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

is not his own;
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

no
לֹֽא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

one
לְאִ֣ישׁ (lə·’îš)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person

who walks
הֹלֵ֔ךְ (hō·lêḵ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1980: To go, come, walk

directs
וְהָכִ֖ין (wə·hā·ḵîn)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 3559: To be erect

his own steps.
צַעֲדֽוֹ׃ (ṣa·‘ă·ḏōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6806: A pace, regular step
(23) O Lord, I know . . .--The confession is made not by the prophet for himself, but as by and for Israel.

The way of man.--The path which a man takes for good or evil, for failure or success. His conduct in life depends, the prophet says, on something more than his own choice :--

"There's a divinity that shapes our ends,

Rough-hew them how we will."

Compare Proverbs 16:9; Proverbs 20:24, as expressing the same thought of the necessity of divine guidance. The two Hebrew words for "man" are used in the two clauses, the first expressing the weakness, the latter the strength of men. Even the strong man has to confess that he needs a hand other than his own to direct his steps.

Verses 23-25. - These verses confirm the view taken above, of the speaker of this whole section. Jeremiah and the people, each is, in a sense, the speaker; but here the prophetic faith seems to run rather in advance of that of his fellow-countrymen. They form, however, a fitting sequel to the charges brought against the people in Jeremiah 9. The speaker admits that he (either the People of Judah personified, or Jeremiah as a representative of its best portion) fully deserves chastisement for having attempted to go his own way (comp. Isaiah 57:17). He has now attained an insight into the truth that man's duty is simply to walk in the path which God has marked out for him. He only asks that Jehovah would chastise him with judgment, or,, more clearly, according to what is just. The contrast is between punishment inflicted in anger, the object of which is to cause pain to the criminal, and that inflicted as a duty of justice, and of which the object is the criminal's reformation" (Payne Smith). The fear expressed, however, is not exactly lest thou bring me to nothing, which is too strong for the Hebrew, but lest thou make me small. Israel was secured against annihilation by the promise of Jehovah, but feared he might possibly survive only as the shadow of his former self. 10:17-25 The Jews who continued in their own land, felt secure. But, sooner or later, sinners will find all things as the word of God has declared, and that its threatenings are not empty terrors. Submission will support the believer under every grief allotted to him; but what can render the load of Divine vengeance easy to be borne by those who fall under it in sullen despair? Those cannot expect to prosper, who do not, by faith and prayer, take God with them in all their ways. The report of the enemy's approach was very dreadful. Yet the designs which men lay deep, and think well formed, are dashed to pieces in a moment. Events are often overruled, so as to be quite contrary to what we intended and expected. If the Lord has directed our steps into the ways of peace and righteousness, let us entreat him to enable us to walk therein. Say not, Lord, do not correct me; but, Lord, do not correct me in anger. We may bear the smart of God's rod, but we cannot bear the weight of his wrath. Those who restrain prayer, prove that they know not God; for those who know him will seek him, and seek his favour. If even severe corrections lead sinners to be convinced of wholesome truths, they will have abundant cause for gratitude. And they will then humble themselves before the Lord.
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