Proverbs 16:9
New International Version
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.

New Living Translation
We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.

English Standard Version
The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.

Berean Study Bible
A man’s heart plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.

King James Bible
A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

New King James Version
A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.

New American Standard Bible
The mind of a person plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.

NASB 1995
The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.

NASB 1977
The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.

Amplified Bible
A man’s mind plans his way [as he journeys through life], But the LORD directs his steps and establishes them.

Christian Standard Bible
A person’s heart plans his way, but the LORD determines his steps.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A man's heart plans his way, but the LORD determines his steps.

American Standard Version
A man's heart deviseth his way; But Jehovah directeth his steps.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The heart of a son of man plans his ways and LORD JEHOVAH orders his steps.All of the works of the Lord are done with righteousness; and the ungodly man is kept for the evil day.

Contemporary English Version
We make our own plans, but the LORD decides where we will go.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The heart of man disposeth his way: but the Lord must direct his steps.

English Revised Version
A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

Good News Translation
You may make your plans, but God directs your actions.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A person may plan his own journey, but the LORD directs his steps.

International Standard Version
A person plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A man's heart deviseth his way; But the LORD directeth his steps.

Literal Standard Version
The heart of man devises his way, "" And YHWH establishes his step.

NET Bible
A person plans his course, but the LORD directs his steps.

New Heart English Bible
A man's heart plans his course, but the LORD directs his steps.

World English Bible
A man's heart plans his course, but Yahweh directs his steps.

Young's Literal Translation
The heart of man deviseth his way, And Jehovah establisheth his step.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Reply of the Tongue is from the LORD
8Better a little with righteousness than great gain with injustice. 9A man’s heart plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps. 10A divine verdict is on the lips of a king; his mouth must not betray justice.…

Cross References
Psalm 37:23
The steps of a man are ordered by the LORD who takes delight in his journey.

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

Proverbs 16:8
Better a little with righteousness than great gain with injustice.

Proverbs 19:21
Many plans are in a man's heart, but the purpose of the LORD will prevail.

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

Jeremiah 10:23
I know, O LORD, that a man's way is not his own; no one who walks directs his own steps.


Treasury of Scripture

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

Proverbs 16:1
The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.

Proverbs 19:21
There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.

Proverbs 20:24
Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?









(9) A man's heart deviseth his way . . .--"Man proposeth, God disposeth." (See below on Proverbs 20:24.)

Verse 9. - A man's heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps (ver. 1). "Man proposes, God disposes" or, as the Germans say, "Der Mensch denkt, Gott lenkt" (comp. Proverbs 20:24). The word rendered "deviseth" implies, by its spectra, intensity of thought and care. Man meditates and prepares his plans with the utmost solicitude, but it rests with God whether he shall carry them to completion or not, and whether, if they are to be accomplished, it be done with ease or with painful labour (comp. Genesis 24:12, etc.). We all remember Shakespeare's words in 'Hamlet' -

"There's a divinity that shapes our ends,
Rough-hew them how we will."
Septuagint, "Let the heart of man consider what is just, that his steps may be by God directed might" (comp. Jeremiah 10:23).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
A man’s
אָ֭דָם (’ā·ḏām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 120: Ruddy, a human being

heart
לֵ֣ב (lêḇ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

plans
יְחַשֵּׁ֣ב (yə·ḥaš·šêḇ)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 2803: To think, account

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

but the LORD
וַֽ֝יהוָ֗ה (Yah·weh)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

determines
יָכִ֥ין (yā·ḵîn)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3559: To be erect

his steps.
צַעֲדֽוֹ׃ (ṣa·‘ă·ḏōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 6806: A pace, regular step


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