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 21:21 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
  • BSP
    The estimation of ourselves is not important, but what really matters is what God thinks of us as verse 2 says.
  • 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!
  • Ray ortiz for verse 23
    What ever words that comes out of the mouth, it was in the heart first. we have to pray everyday for more control of the tongue. What people say to others could hurt. good verse

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