Proverbs 20:18
New International Version
Plans are established by seeking advice; so if you wage war, obtain guidance.

New Living Translation
Plans succeed through good counsel; don't go to war without wise advice.

English Standard Version
Plans are established by counsel; by wise guidance wage war.

Berean Study Bible
Set plans by consultation, and wage war under sound guidance.

New American Standard Bible
Prepare plans by consultation, And make war by wise guidance.

King James Bible
Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.

Christian Standard Bible
Finalize plans with counsel, and wage war with sound guidance.

Contemporary English Version
Be sure you have sound advice before making plans or starting a war.

Good News Translation
Get good advice and you will succeed; don't go charging into battle without a plan.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Finalize plans with counsel, and wage war with sound guidance.

International Standard Version
Make plans by seeking advice; make war by obtaining guidance.

NET Bible
Plans are established by counsel, so make war with guidance.

New Heart English Bible
Plans are established by advice; by wise guidance you wage war.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Counsel is acquired in the mind and in provocation war is made.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Plans are confirmed by getting advice, and with guidance one wages war.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Every purpose is established by counsel; And with good advice carry on war.

New American Standard 1977
Prepare plans by consultation, And make war by wise guidance.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Every thought must be ordered by counsel, and with intelligence war is made.

King James 2000 Bible
Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice wage war.

American King James Version
Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.

American Standard Version
Every purpose is established by counsel; And by wise guidance make thou war.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Designs are strengthened by counsels: and wars are to be managed by governments.

Darby Bible Translation
Plans are established by counsel; and with good advice make war.

English Revised Version
Every purpose is established by counsel: and by wise guidance make thou war,

Webster's Bible Translation
Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.

World English Bible
Plans are established by advice; by wise guidance you wage war!

Young's Literal Translation
Purposes by counsel thou dost establish, And with plans make thou war.
Study Bible
Wine is a Mocker
17Food gained by fraud is sweet to a man, but later his mouth is full of gravel. 18Set plans by consultation, and wage war under sound guidance. 19He who reveals secrets is a constant gossip; avoid the one who babbles with his lips.…
Cross References
Luke 14:31
Or what king on his way to war with another king will not first sit down and consider whether he can engage with ten thousand men the one coming against him with twenty thousand?

Proverbs 11:14
For lack of guidance, a nation falls, but with many counselors comes deliverance.

Proverbs 15:22
Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.

Proverbs 24:6
only with sound guidance should you wage war, and victory lies in a multitude of counselors.

Treasury of Scripture

Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.

purpose

Proverbs 15:22
Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellers they are established.

Proverbs 24:6
For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellers there is safety.

and

Proverbs 25:8
Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.

Judges 1:1,2
Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass, that the children of Israel asked the LORD, saying, Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites first, to fight against them? …

Judges 9:29
And would to God this people were under my hand! then would I remove Abimelech. And he said to Abimelech, Increase thine army, and come out.







Lexicon
Set
תִכּ֑וֹן (ṯik·kō·wn)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3559: To be erect

plans
מַ֭חֲשָׁבוֹת (ma·ḥă·šā·ḇō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4284: A contrivance, a texture, machine, intention, plan

by consultation,
בְּעֵצָ֣ה (bə·‘ê·ṣāh)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6098: Advice, plan, prudence

and wage
עֲשֵׂ֣ה (‘ă·śêh)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

war
מִלְחָמָֽה׃ (mil·ḥā·māh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4421: A battle, war

under sound guidance.
וּ֝בְתַחְבֻּל֗וֹת (ū·ḇə·ṯaḥ·bu·lō·wṯ)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8458: Steerage, guidance, a plan
Verse 18. - Every purpose is established by counsel (comp. Proverbs 15:22, where see note). The Talmud says, "Even the most prudent of men needs friends' counsels;" and none but the most conceited would deem himself superior to advice, or would fail to allow that, as the Vulgate puts it, cogitationes consillis roborantur. This is true in all relations of life, in great and small matters alike, in peace, and, as our moralist adds, in war. With good advice make war; Vulgate, Gubernaculis tractanda sunt bella; Revised Version, By wise guidance make thou war. The word here used is takebuloth, for which see note, Proverbs 1:5. It is a maritime metaphor, rightly retained by the Vulgate, and might be rendered "pilotings," "steerings." War is a necessary evil, but it must be undertaken prudently and with a due consideration of circumstances, means, etc. Our Lord illustrates the necessity of due circumspection in following him by the case of a threatened conflict between two contending kings (Luke 14:31, etc.). Grotius quotes the gnome -

Γνῶμαι πλέον κρατοῦσιν η} σθένος χερῶν.

"Titan strength of hands availeth counsel more." To which we may add -

Βουλῆς γὰρ ὀρθῆς οὐδὲν ἀσφαλέστερον.

"Good counsel is the safest thing of all." (Comp. Proverbs 24:6, where the hemistich is re-echoed.) 20:7. A good man is not liable to uneasiness in contriving what he shall do, or in reflecting on what he has done, as those who walk in deceit. And his family fare better for his sake. 8. If great men are good men, they may do much good, and prevent very much evil. 9. Some can say, Through grace, we are cleaner than we have been; but it was the work of the Holy Spirit. 10. See the various deceits men use, of which the love of money is the root. The Lord will not bless what is thus gotten. 11. Parents should observe their children, that they may manage them accordingly. 12. All our powers and faculties are from God, and are to be employed for him. 13. Those that indulge themselves, may expect to want necessaries, which should have been gotten by honest labour. 14. Men use arts to get a good bargain, and to buy cheap; whereas a man ought to be ashamed of a fraud and a lie. 15. He that prefers true knowledge to riches, follows the ways of religion and happiness. If we really believed this truth, the word of God would be valued as it deserves, and the world would lose its tempting influence. 16. Those ruin themselves who entangle themselves in rash suretiship. Also those who are in league with abandoned women. Place no confidence in either. 17. Wealth gotten by fraud may be sweet, for the carnal mind takes pleasure in the success of wicked devices; but it will be bitter in the reflection. 18. Especially we need advice in spiritual warfare. The word and Spirit of God are the best counsellors in every point. 19. Those dearly buy their own praise, who put confidence in a man because he speaks fairly. 20. An undutiful child will become very miserable. Never let him expect any peace or comfort. 21. An estate suddenly raised, is often as suddenly ruined. 22. Wait on the Lord, attend his pleasure, and he will protect thee.
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