Proverbs 16:9

“A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

A mans heart deuiseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

A man's heart deviseth his way; But Jehovah directeth his steps.
- American Standard Version (1901)

A man may make designs for his way, but the Lord is the guide of his steps.
- Basic English Bible

The heart of man deviseth his way, but Jehovah directeth his steps.
- Darby Bible

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

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

The heart of man deviseth his way, And Jehovah establisheth his step.
- Youngs Literal Bible

A man's heart deviseth his way; but the LORD directeth his steps.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 16:9


16:9 Deviseth - Proposes what he will do. Directeth - Over - rules and disposes all his designs and actions.


Discussion for Proverbs 16

  • Mike
    Pride can interfere with our listening to the voice of Jehovah God and can lead us to take a disastrous course. We want to make sure they we do not think too highly of ourselves.
  • T
    A wise person studies and applies God's Word. And we want to apply the teachings we find in our life.
  • Irene123
    V. 33 - man proposes, but God disposes; so many, if not all of our 'adages' come from the Bible
  • Tim
    In verse 16 we see that acquiring godly wisdom, that is, gaining accurate knowledge of God’s Word, the Bible, and acting in harmony with it, helps us to walk in the way Jehovah approves
  • Paul
    This chapter spells out the sovereignty of God. He is in control of our words, steps and destinies. God controls and directs all. Check out Isa. 45. 7 and Rom. 9. Man is on His sovereign leash and He will direct him according to His will and pleasure.
  • Trusting in the Lord
    A day served happy adds to a long life.