Jeremiah 10:23

“O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Jeremiah 10:23

¶ O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himselfe: it is not in man that walketh, to direct his steps.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

I know, O LORD, that a man's way is not in himself, Nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

O Jehovah, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
- American Standard Version (1901)

O Lord, I am conscious that a man's way is not in himself: man has no power of guiding his steps.
- Basic English Bible

I know, Jehovah, that the way of man is not his own; it is not in a man that walketh to direct his steps.
- Darby Bible

O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
- Webster's Bible

Yahweh, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.
- World English Bible

I have known, O Jehovah, that not of man [is] his way, Not of man the going and establishing of his step.
- Youngs Literal Bible

O LORD, I know that man's way is not his own; it is not in man to direct his steps as he walketh.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Jeremiah 10:23

Wesley's Notes for Jeremiah 10:23

10:23 It is not - Lord we know it is not in our power to divert these judgments that are coming upon us, but thou canst moderate, and limit them as thou pleasest.

Discussion for Jeremiah 10:23

  • Shanna on Jeremiah 10:23
    The Bible states that humans have neither the ability nor the right to govern themselves. Jehovah did not create us with the ability to do that for ourselves, especially not in our imperfect condition. However, If we are humble and willing to depend on Jehovah God, He will impart to us his holy spirit as a sure guide for our steps.
  • Josaiah's on Jeremiah 10:23
    He that stays in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing.

    John 15:4 No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither CAN YOU BEAR FRUITS UNLESS YOU REMAIN IN ME.

    GOD CREATED US FOR HIS PLEASURE AND HIS JOY AND HIS PURPOSE. GOD IS HIGHLY HAPPILY GLORIFIED IF HUMAN BEING WILL FUNCTION FOR THE PURPOPOSE FOR WHICH HE HAD CREATED US. When the revelation about Jeremiah 10;23 was given me, I woke up from sleep and started to examine my self. The prophesy is all about Christ Jesus
    John 6:38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.
    Revelation 4;11
    King James Bible
    Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
  • This verse shows that it is not our right to direct our own way in life independent of God. So many people try to do this, but they will not be sucessful because this verse clearly shows that we were not meant to be without God. We have to look to God to direct our steps in order for our way to be sucessful.
  • John on Jeremiah 10:23
    I think that Jeremiah 10:23 is an important verse that reveals the truth that the freewill of man is not a bible based teaching. This verse, along with many others proves that God's sovereign will alone is free and that man's will is subservient to His will. We are responsible to God not because we are free, but because God has decreed to hold us responsible for the actions which He has so decreed that we would perform from all eternity. Proverbs 20:24: “Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?” (KJV). Proverbs 16:1, “The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD” (KJV). Psalms 37:23, “The steps of a man are established by the LORD; and He delights in his way” (NAS). Proverbs 16:9 9, “The mind of man plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps” (NAS) Isaiah 46:10, “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure” (KJV). Dan 4:35, "And all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, but He does according to His will in the host of heaven and (among) the inhabitants of earth; and no one can ward off His hand or say to Him, 'What hast Thou done?'” (NAS). Rom 9:19 19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?” (KJV). Genesis 45:7-8, “(7) And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. (8) So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt” (KJV). Acts 4:27-28 “(27) For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, (28) For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done” (KJV).
  • Dave Newland on Jeremiah 10:23
    This scripture in Jeremiah 10:23 is an inspired word that tells mankind that we need divine direction from Jehovah to succeed in our daily lives. As when he was God and King of the Nation of Israel they prospered, but when they wanted a king from amongst themselves they did not fare well. Just look at the rulers of the world today. Thank goodness God's Son (Christ Jesus) who has repurchased mankind will serve as a King of God's Kingdom and will rule until time indefinite. This rulership will once again direct mankind's footsteps in true righteousness.
  • Not Wesley on Jeremiah 10:23
    I am not sure who Wesley is and why his "notes" are posted here. But, what he has written there is certainly not what Jeremiah 10:23 says. There is no mention of judgments or the diversion of judgments in any of the translations. And there is certainly no mention of the moderating or limiting of anything by anyone in any of the translations. They simply state that man does not have the ability to direct his own step. (a point that is easily evident with the increasing chaos, disorder, lack of love and lawlessness that we see in the world today.)

    ACCURATE knowledge is the only knowledge.


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