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Proverbs 16:9 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— A man's heart deviseth his way; But Jehovah directeth his steps.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The heart of man deviseth his way, but Jehovah directeth his steps.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— A man's heart, deviseth his way, but, Yahweh, directeth his steps.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— The heart of man deviseth his way, And Jehovah establisheth his step.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The heart of man disposeth his way: but the Lord must direct his steps.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— A mans heart deuiseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— All of the works of the Lord [are done] with righteousness; and the ungodly [man] is kept for the evil day.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— A man's heart deviseth his way: but Yahweh directeth his steps.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
A man's 120
{0120} Prime
אָדָם
'adam
{aw-dawm'}
From H0119; ruddy, that is, a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.).
heart 3820
{3820} Prime
לֵב
leb
{labe}
A form of H3824; the heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the centre of anything.
deviseth 2803
{2803} Prime
חָשַׁב
chashab
{khaw-shab'}
A primitive root; properly to plait or interpenetrate, that is, (literally) to weave or (generally) to fabricate; figuratively to plot or contrive (usually in a malicious sense); hence (from the mental effort) to think, regard, value, compute.
z8762
<8762> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 2447
his way: 1870
{1870} Prime
דֶּרֶךְ
derek
{deh'-rek}
From H1869; a road (as trodden); figuratively a course of life or mode of action, often adverbially.
but Yhw יָהוֶה 3068
{3068} Prime
יְהֹוָה
Y@hovah
{yeh-ho-vaw'}
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
directeth 3559
{3559} Prime
כּוּן
kuwn
{koon}
A primitive root; properly to be erect (that is, stand perpendicular);. hence (causatively) to set up, in a great variety of applications, whether literal (establish, fix, prepare, apply), or figurative (appoint, render sure, proper or prosperous).
z8686
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
his steps. 6806
{6806} Prime
צַעַד
tsa`ad
{tsah'-ad}
From H6804; a pace or regular step.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 16:9

_ _ (Compare Proverbs 16:3).

_ _ directeth — establisheth.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 16:9

_ _ Man is here represented to us, 1. As a reasonable creature, that has the faculty of contriving for himself: His heart devises his way, designs an end, and projects ways and means leading to that end, which the inferior creatures, who are governed by sense and natural instinct, cannot do. The more shame for him if he do not devise the way how to please God and provide for his everlasting state. 2. But as a depending creature, that is subject to the direction and dominion of his Maker. If men devise their way, so as to make God's glory their end and his will their rule, they may expect that he will direct their steps by his Spirit and grace, so that they shall not miss their way nor come short of their end. But let men devise their worldly affairs ever so politely, and with ever so great a probability of success, yet God has the ordering of the event, and sometimes directs their steps to that which they least intended. The design of this is to teach us to say, If the Lord will, we shall live and do this or that (James 4:14, James 4:15), and to have our eye to God, not only in the great turns of our lives, but in every step we take. Lord, direct my way, 1 Thessalonians 3:11.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 16:9

Deviseth — Proposes what he will do. Directeth — Over — rules and disposes all his designs and actions.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 16:9

A (e) man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

(e) He shows the folly of man who thinks that his ways are in his own hand, and yet is not able to move one foot unless God gives force.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 16:1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, [is] from the LORD.
Proverbs 19:21 [There are] many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.
Proverbs 20:24 Man's goings [are] of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?
Proverbs 21:30 [There is] no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.
Psalms 37:23 The steps of a [good] man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
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:
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.
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Ps 37:23. Pv 16:1; 19:21; 20:24; 21:30. Is 46:10. Jr 10:23.

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