Proverbs 20:5

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Counsell in the heart of man is like deepe water: but a man of vnderstanding will draw it out.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

A plan in the heart of a man is {like} deep water, But a man of understanding draws it out.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Counsel in the heart of man is `like' deep water; But a man of understanding will draw it out.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The purpose in the heart of a man is like deep water, but a man of good sense will get it out.
- Basic English Bible

Counsel in the heart of man is deep water, and a man of understanding draweth it out.
- Darby Bible

Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.
- Webster's 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 a man [is] deep water, And a man of understanding draweth it up.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 20:5


20:5 Counsel - Designs of doing something of moment. Deep water - Is secret and hard to be discovered.


Discussion for Proverbs 20

  • Valeie Lowery
    Understanding the word diverse, mixed or unblance weights and meassure.
    Meaning short changing or cheating people who are unaware of the actual cost of something. God don't like that!
    Ex: buyers something from the market and it weighs one amount, but when u get home u find something in it that added to the weigh and measure! Bummer
  • Lashon clark
    Its refreshing to no that if a person is truley of the spirit of god. And gossips on you . I will need to quickly separate from that false spirit
  • Gary Rodgers
    Verse 19
    Beware of people that try to pry into your affairs with their charm and flattery. Being known to be a gossiper they will surely carry their knowledge of you to the ears of others.
  • Bud
    To Yolanda Jones: Go to verse 23 and see if that helps. The LORD detest differing weights and dishonest scales.
  • Michael C.
    Hi Yolanda; We could simply say, that we should judge right and equal in all things; but that would not put that verse completely in context of the whole proverb (5-12); which is about how God searches and knows us by our walking in His counsel, which He has put in our hearts; and our drawing out that understanding, unto purity and integrity in all our ways. Nothing else can commend us before Him!
  • Yolanda Jones
    I do not understand verse 10.

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