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

  • Those who gossip about your mistakes and reveals your secrets their lips are gossiping with slanders therefore don't be friends with these people.
  • Nadine nelson-hawkins
    It means that as men we need to be humble and that it's not about us, let our spirit of God represent him because if we are the light then we must shine because as a servant of the Lord it's the closet people will see of him. Our spirit should show his work.
  • Reinarudo Watanabe
    PROVERBS 2O:1 COMMENT 4 27 2015 1:15 AM Sarah, Here a references I have gather in my Bible about wine and strong drink. Prov.23:29-35 Isa. 5:11 28:7 56:10,12 Hos.4:11 Nah.1:10 Matt.24:49,50 Eph.5:18 A believer in Christ we Abstain from all appearance of evil. 1Thess.5:22. God bless, A-men.
  • Reinarudo Watanabe
    PROVERBS 20:24 COMMENTS 4 26 2015 11:58 PM This verse is a various people of moral virtues, and their counter vices. JEREMIAH 10:23 ROMANS 8:26. Thank you Lord for teach and lead us unto your path and have a salvation for our soul. A-men.
  • Vicente for verse 27
    I believe it to mean that the Lord uses our spirit to lead and guide.
  • One
    Listen People This walk with God Meaning relationship is not about wine, or the bad decisions That we make: Jesus made it easy for us, what had seem to be what God wants us to do. And all falls under are you ready for this LOVE! Love is the only goal in our lives for us to obtain in our hearts Love for God first, then everyone else, especially our enemies.... 1 Corithians 13:1-13, is something that we are suppose to be reading, studing, and meditating on everyday, that we know which directions we are headed...Nothing else matters but Love for if you Love truly, or even try going after truly loving, then will everything that is not Godly risen out of you: You will stop desiring to do anything that is not pleasing to God......God has already covered our sin, with Jesus Christ so now there is nothing you can or cannot do to gain or lose your salvation except deny that Jesus is Lord and savior, and not believe that he suffered with pain and agony till death for the payment of everyone who believes that he did it for our sins Past or present. Just simply for Love, Which is now or job!

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