New International Version
A person's steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand their own way?
King James Bible
Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?
Darby Bible Translation
The steps of a man are from Jehovah; and how can a man understand his own way?
World English Bible
A man's steps are from Yahweh; how then can man understand his way?
Young's Literal Translation
From Jehovah are the steps of a man, And man -- how understandeth he his way?
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Man's goings are of the Lord - He, by his providence, governs all the great concerns of the world. Man often traverses these operations; but he does it to his own damage. An old writer quaintly says: "They who will carve for themselves shall cut their fingers."
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryBread and Gravel
'"Bread of deceit" is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.'--PROVERBS xx. 17. 'Bread of deceit' is a somewhat ambiguous phrase, which may mean either of two things, and perhaps means both. It may either mean any good obtained by deceit, or good which deceives in its possession. In the former signification it would appear to have reference primarily to unjustly gotten gain, while in the latter it has a wider meaning and applies to all the worthless treasures and lying …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Sluggard's Reproof
The Tears of the Penitent.
How the Slothful and the Hasty are to be Admonished.
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.
LORD, I know that people's lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps.
Instead, you have set yourself up against the Lord of heaven. You had the goblets from his temple brought to you, and you and your nobles, your wives and your concubines drank wine from them. You praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or understand. But you did not honor the God who holds in his hand your life and all your ways.
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