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 21:1

  • Simarjeet for verse 1
    The king as per bible new testament king are those who believe in Jesus Christ The King of Kings . Our heart is a place where every kind of evil and holy things take place which is a war place. I love this verse a lot that if we are going out the track our Master is able to control us so that we should not get perish. Thanks Lord Jesus for controlling us.
  • Charles for verse 1
    I am so glad that the Almighty who is the Creator of heaven n earth controls the king so there is no arbitrary use of power...at least the king is controllable.
  • Salom„o for verse 1
    King Solomon was guided by the Lord in the beginning of his kingdom, but as the time went his heart became wicked. This is true for all people that our hearts change with time, letís pray so that our hearts may remain faithful to God and to Jesus our Lord. Watch and pray!
  • Anonymous for verse 1
    I LIKE THE FACT THAT GOD IS IN CONTROL OF EVERYTHING AND EVERY BODY CAUSE THIER IN HIS HAND (PROV21:1). GOD IS GOD. NOW WHO WOULDN'T WANT TOO SERVE A GOD LIKE THAT?

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