Proverbs 20:5
New International Version
The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.

New Living Translation
Though good advice lies deep within the heart, a person with understanding will draw it out.

English Standard Version
The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.

Berean Study Bible
The intentions of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.

King James Bible
Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

New King James Version
Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, But a man of understanding will draw it out.

New American Standard Bible
A plan in the heart of a person is like deep water, But a person of understanding draws it out.

NASB 1995
A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water, But a man of understanding draws it out.

NASB 1977
A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water, But a man of understanding draws it out.

Amplified Bible
A plan (motive, wise counsel) in the heart of a man is like water in a deep well, But a man of understanding draws it out.

Christian Standard Bible
Counsel in a person’s heart is deep water; but a person of understanding draws it out.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Counsel in a man’s heart is deep water; but a man of understanding draws it out.

American Standard Version
Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; But a man of understanding will draw it out.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The word in the heart of the King is deep, and a wise man will draw it out.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Counsel in a man's heart is deep water; but a prudent man will draw it out.

Contemporary English Version
Someone's thoughts may be as deep as the ocean, but if you are smart, you will discover them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Counsel in the heart of a man is like deep water: but a wise man will draw it out.

English Revised Version
Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

Good News Translation
A person's thoughts are like water in a deep well, but someone with insight can draw them out.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A motive in the human heart is like deep water, and a person who has understanding draws it out.

International Standard Version
The intentions of a person's heart are deep waters, but a discerning person reveals them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; But a man of understanding will draw it out.

Literal Standard Version
Counsel in the heart of a man [is] deep water, And a man of understanding draws it up.

NET Bible
Counsel in a person's heart is like deep water, but an understanding person draws it out.

New Heart English Bible
Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

World English Bible
Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

Young's Literal Translation
Counsel in the heart of a man is deep water, And a man of understanding draweth it up.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Wine is a Mocker
4The slacker does not plow in season; at harvest time he looks, but nothing is there. 5The intentions of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out. 6Many a man proclaims his loving devotion, but who can find a trustworthy man?…

Cross References
Proverbs 18:4
The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.

Proverbs 20:4
The slacker does not plow in season; at harvest time he looks, but nothing is there.

Proverbs 20:6
Many a man proclaims his loving devotion, but who can find a trustworthy man?


Treasury of Scripture

Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

Proverbs 18:4
The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

Psalm 64:6
They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.

1 Corinthians 2:11
For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.









(5) Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water.--The wise thoughts of a "man," fitly so-called (comp. Proverbs 18:4), may be hid deep in his breast, like the waters of a well, but a man of understanding knows how to draw them out as by a windlass and bucket (Exodus 2:16).

Verse 5. - Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water. The thoughts and purposes of a man are hidden in his breast like deep water (Proverbs 18:4) in the bosom of the earth, hard to fathom, hard to get. But a man of understanding will draw it out. One who is intelligent and understands human nature penetrates the secret, and, by judicious questions and remarks, draws out (ἐξαντλήσει, Septuagint) the hidden thought.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The intentions
עֵצָ֣ה (‘ê·ṣāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 6098: Advice, plan, prudence

of a man’s
אִ֑ישׁ (’îš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 376: A man as an individual, a male person

heart
בְלֶב־ (ḇə·leḇ-)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

are deep
עֲ֭מֻקִּים (‘ă·muq·qîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 6013: Deep

waters,
מַ֣יִם (ma·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4325: Water, juice, urine, semen

but a man
וְאִ֖ישׁ (wə·’îš)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 376: A man as an individual, a male person

of understanding
תְּבוּנָ֣ה (tə·ḇū·nāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 8394: Intelligence, an argument, caprice

draws them out.
יִדְלֶֽנָּה׃ (yiḏ·len·nāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's 1802: To dangle, to let down a, bucket, to deliver


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