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

  • Steve morrow
    PROVERBS 21:6 THE GETTING OF TREASURES BY A LYING TONGUE IS A VANITY TOSSED TO AND FRO OF THEM THAT SEEK DEATH----PROVERBS 10:2 TRESURES OF WICKEDNESS PROFIT NOTHING BUT RIGHTEOUSNESS DELIVERETH FROM DEATH----PROVERBS 8:8 ALL THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH ARE IN RIGHTEOUSNESS THERE IS NOTHING FROWARD OR PERVERSE IN THEM
  • Steve morrow
    PROVERBS 21:21 HE THAT FOLLOWETH AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS AND MERCY FINDETH LIFE RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HONOR --- PSALM 25:10 ALL THE PATHS OF THE LORD ARE MERCY AND TRUTH UNTO SUCH AS KEEP HIS COVENANT AND HIS TESTIMONIES LUKE 1:50 AND HIS MERCY IS ON THEM THAT FEAR HIM FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION --- PSALM 103:11 FOR AS THE HEAVEN IS HIGH ABOVE THE EARTH SO GREAT IS HIS MERCY TOWARD THEM THAT FEAR HIM
  • Ahuwa Chiamaka
    God is the All knowing,Wisest
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Bettye Blaylock
    I love this verse because if we all abides by just this verse we would have more peace in our lives.

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