Proverbs 21:1

“The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

The kings heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the riuers of water: hee turneth it whithersoeuer he will.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The king's heart is {like} channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

The king's heart is in the hand of Jehovah as the watercourses: He turneth it whithersoever he will.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The king's heart in the hands of the Lord is like the water streams, and by him it is turned in any direction at his pleasure.
- Basic English Bible

The king's heart in the hand of Jehovah is [as] brooks of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
- Darby Bible

The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
- Webster's Bible

The king's heart is in Yahweh's hand like the watercourses. He turns it wherever he desires.
- World English Bible

Rivulets of waters [is] the heart of a king in the hand of Jehovah, Wherever He pleaseth He inclineth it.
- Youngs Literal Bible

The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the watercourses: He turneth it whithersoever He will.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 21:1


21:1 The kings - He names kings not to exclude other men, but because they are more arbitrary and uncontrollable than others. As rivers - Which husband - men draw by little channels into the adjacent grounds as they please.


Discussion for Proverbs 21

  • Ted
    I have verse 31 engraved on a weapon because it proves that this book is alive. I am serving in Afghanistan and on daily basis I prepare equipment for battle and send it to the fight. The safe return is the reward.
  • Patricia for verse 23
    To me this means if we know what to say and when to say it we shall keep our souls from trouble. Basically there is a time and place for things to be said or not said.
  • Bihbish for verse 5
    this verse has thought me to me clam in every thing I do and be strong in prayers GOD will see me through
  • Donna Lewis for verse 19
    I believe that a wife is not suppose to argue about the same thing over and over again thats nagging, its doesn 't acomplish anything but bigger problems or words you 'll regret saying im guilty of that im asking God for help right this minute to remain quite when I 'm tempted to nagg. So im asking for prayer please. Thank You.
  • Ann johnson
    Be encouraged all ye Saints of the Lord for if God be for us who can be against us? In all things we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus! I have a praise report concerning verse 31. Many months ago I started including the last part of this verse in my prayers, "Safety is of the Lord. " On April 21 I was returning home from shopping, I lacked a short distance reaching my street. A car was speeding down the hill when the driver lost control. I stopped my car. The other car 's brakes were squealing and smoking. The car was on my side of the road about 10 to 12 feet from me, headed straight toward me. It sounded like a screaming demon. I looked at the car and the thought came into my mind, "I am going to be hit head on. " I closed my eyes waiting and expecting impact. All I heard was the sound of a rushing wind. I opened my eyes and the car was gone!!! Praise God! From where the car was, there was no way humanly possible for it to miss me. There was not a scratch on me or my vehicle. I am here to witness and say, "Truly, safety is of the Lord. " Thank you, Jesus! Keep praying that hedge around your lost loved ones....God honors His Word.
  • Paul Shetu
    13 This verse: If it means what it says, one will have themselves to blame when finding themselves in prolonged trouble. to me abiding by this truth is vital even for ANSWERED PRAYERS! Halleluiah!

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