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

  • 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.
  • BSP
    Verse 29 shows that young ones can use their strength and power to bring glory to God.
  • Maebelle Youngblood
    Hi, Proverbs 20:21 supports our. Sunday School lesson, The Gift of Faith. Just sharing--Love, Rachel
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  • 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.

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