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

  • Maebelle Youngblood
    Hi, Proverbs 20:21 supports our. Sunday School lesson, The Gift of Faith. Just sharing--Love, Rachel
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  • Joel
    vs. 27 - O Spirit of the Lord, be my searcher today! Open me in the hidden areas, and lovingly reveal to me your grace in forgiveness of hidden sin. Thank you for your love and care, LORD.
  • 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.

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