KJV LexiconThe king's
a king -- king, royal.
the heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect
is in the hand
a hand (the open one (indicating power, means, direction, etc.),
of the LORD
(the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God -- Jehovah, the Lord.
as the rivers
a rill (i.e. small channel of water, as in irrigation) -- river, stream.
water; figuratively, juice; by euphemism, urine, semen -- + piss, wasting, water(-ing, (-course, -flood, -spring).
to stretch or spread out; by implication, to bend away (including moral deflection); used in a great variety of application (out), stretch (forth, out), take (aside), turn (aside, away), wrest, cause to yield.
it whithersoever he will
to incline to; by implication (literally but rarely) to bend; figuratively, to be pleased with, desire
Parallel VersesNew American Standard Bible
The king's heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes.
King James Bible
The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
A king's heart is like streams of water in the LORD's hand: He directs it wherever He chooses.
International Standard Version
A king's heart is a water stream that the LORD controls; he directs it wherever he pleases.
The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD like channels of water; he turns it wherever he wants.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The heart of the King is like a stream of waters in the hands of God, and he turns it wherever he chooses.
GOD'S WORD® Translation
The king's heart is like streams of water. Both are under the LORD's control. He turns them in any direction he chooses.
King James 2000 Bible
The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turns it wherever he will.
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