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

  • Caleb
    no matter how we prepare GOD is in charge so it is by grace that we are able to deliver when we have prepared
  • BSP
    The estimation of ourselves is not important, but what really matters is what God thinks of us as verse 2 says.
  • Irene123
    To Lillian on Pro. 21 - Thank-you Lillian; your message came just in the nick of time. I was having a problem today with a couple young family members. And the daily verse was about watching our words. The Lord knows long before we need whatever it is.
  • Lilian
    We need Jesus to cleanses our mind, heart and soul everyday and meditate his words. We will receive his guidance and his favor, think twice before we say and talk, for the wives we need to avoid nagging and be abusive to our husband instead to support and pray quitely God will help us to settle the problem. Fighting and getting angry is the work of the devil. Just Praise God
  • David
    V3 this vs tells us that judgement is better than sacrifices. Many like to quote "do not judge" and forget the rest "for with what you judge you shall be judged". The bible refers to the righteous judgement and the only way to have it is to have the Christ in our lives. Judge according to Godliness as you know it and study to show yourself approved. stay strong.
  • 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.

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