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

  • BSP
    Verse 22 shows that we need to wait on God to take care of the unjust things that we go through. He is fully aware of all the factors and he knows best how to deal with such things.
  • Nola Brown
    Proverbs 20:24 - I believe it is emphasizing the impossibility of human-being to understand his actions
  • Irene123
    Thank-you for your concern for His truth. I have known for 50 yrs. His name is Jesus - Acts 2:38. It is nice to see others on here.
  • Mr. Smith
    Irene, God HAS HAD mercy on souls. His name is Jesus and his dying for those souls and sending the Holy Spirit. Now it's up to those very souls to have mercy on themselves by accepting that sacrifice and allowing the H.S. to comfort and guide them into the abundance and joy of the Kingdom of God...which, by the way, is already in us. Luke 17:20-21
  • Irene123
    Pro.20:1 - May God have mercy on souls ................
  • Brianna
    Vs. 1 I believe Carolyn hit it on the head. Good point about the first miracle Jesus performed. When in moderation, wine is an enjoyment. However, as with anything, our loving father warns us about over-indulging.

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