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Proverbs 19:21 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— There are many devices in a man's heart; But the counsel of Jehovah, that shall stand.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— [There are] many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Many plans are in a man’s heart, But the counsel of the LORD will stand.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— [There are] many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Many are the thoughts in a man's heart, but the counsel of Jehovah, that doth stand.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Many are the devices in a man's heart, but, the counsel of Yahweh, that, shall stand.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Many [are] the purposes in a man's heart, And the counsel of Jehovah it standeth.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— There are many thoughts in the heart of a man: but the will of the Lord shall stand firm.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— [There are] many deuices in a mans heart: neuerthelesse the counsell of the LORD, that shall stand.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— [There are] many thoughts in a man's heart; but the counsel of the Lord abides for ever.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— [There are] many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of Yahweh, that shall stand.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
[There are] many 7227
{7227} Prime
By contraction from H7231; abundant (in quantity, size, age, number, rank, quality).
devices 4284
{4284} Prime
From H2803; a contrivance, that is, (concretely) a texture, machine, or (abstractly) intention, plan (whether bad, a plot; or good, advice).
in a man's 376
{0376} Prime
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
heart; 3820
{3820} Prime
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.
nevertheless the counsel 6098
{6098} Prime
From H3289; advice; by implication plan; also prudence.
of Yhw יָהוֶה, 3068
{3068} Prime
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
that x1931
(1931) Complement
The second form is the feminine beyond the Pentateuch; a primitive word, the third person pronoun singular, he (she or it); only expressed when emphatic or without a verb; also (intensively) self, or (especially with the article) the same; sometimes (as demonstrative) this or that; occasionally (instead of copula) as or are.
shall stand. 6965
{6965} Prime
A primitive root; to rise (in various applications, literally, figuratively, intensively and causatively).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 19:21

_ _ (Compare Proverbs 16:1, Proverbs 16:9; Psalms 33:10, Psalms 33:11). The failure of man’s devices is implied.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 19:21

_ _ Here we have, 1. Men projecting. They keep their designs to themselves, but they cannot hide them from God; he knows the many devices that are in men's hearts, — devices against his counsels (as those, Psalms 2:1-3; Micah 4:11), — devices without his counsel (no regard had to his providence, as those James 4:13, this and the other they will do, and not take God along with them), — devices unlike God's counsels; men are wavering in their devices, and often absurd and unjust, but God's counsels are wise and holy, steady and uniform. 2. God overruling. Various men have various designs, according as their inclination or interest leads them, but the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand, whatever becomes of the devices of men. His counsel often breaks men's measures and baffles their devices; but their devices cannot in the least alter his counsel, not disturb the proceedings of it, nor put him upon new counsels, Isaiah 14:24; Isaiah 46:11. What a check does this give to politic designing men, who think they can outwit all mankind, that there is a God in heaven that laughs at them! Psalms 2:4. What comfort does this speak to all God's people, that all God's purposes, which we are sure are right and good, shall be accomplished in due time!

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 19:21

[There are] many devices in a (g) man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.

(g) Man's device will not have success, unless God governs it, whose purpose is unchangeable.

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Proverbs 12:2 A good [man] obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.
Genesis 37:19-20 And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh. ... Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.
Esther 9:25 But when [Esther] came before the king, he commanded by letters that his wicked device, which he devised against the Jews, should return upon his own head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows.
Psalms 21:11 For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, [which] they are not able [to perform].
Psalms 33:10-11 The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect. ... The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
Psalms 83:4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from [being] a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
Ecclesiastes 7:29 Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.
Isaiah 7:6-7 Let us go up against Judah, and vex it, and let us make a breach therein for us, and set a king in the midst of it, [even] the son of Tabeal: ... Thus saith the Lord GOD, It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass.
Daniel 11:24-25 He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do [that] which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers' fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: [yea], and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time. ... And he shall stir up his power and his courage against the king of the south with a great army; and the king of the south shall be stirred up to battle with a very great and mighty army; but he shall not stand: for they shall forecast devices against him.
Matthew 26:4-5 And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill [him]. ... But they said, Not on the feast [day], lest there be an uproar among the people.
Matthew 27:63-64 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. ... Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.


Proverbs 16:1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, [is] from the LORD.
Proverbs 16:9 A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
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.
Proverbs 21:30 [There is] no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.
Genesis 45:4-8 And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I [am] Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt. ... So now [it was] not you [that] sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.
Genesis 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; [but] God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as [it is] this day, to save much people alive.
Job 23:13 But he [is] in one [mind], and who can turn him? and [what] his soul desireth, even [that] he doeth.
Isaiah 14:24 The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, [so] shall it stand:
Isaiah 14:26-27 This [is] the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this [is] the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations. ... For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul [it]? and his hand [is] stretched out, and who shall turn it back?
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:
Daniel 4:35 And all the inhabitants of the earth [are] reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and [among] the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?
Acts 4:27-28 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, ... For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.
Acts 5:38-39 And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: ... But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.
Ephesians 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
Hebrews 6:17-18 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed [it] by an oath: ... That by two immutable things, in which [it was] impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
1 Peter 2:8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, [even to them] which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Gn 37:19; 45:4; 50:20. Es 9:25. Jb 23:13. Ps 21:11; 33:10; 83:4. Pv 12:2; 16:1, 9; 21:1, 30. Ec 7:29. Is 7:6; 14:24, 26; 46:10. Dn 4:35; 11:24. Mt 26:4; 27:63. Ac 4:27; 5:38. Ep 1:11. He 6:17. 1P 2:8. Jde 1:4.

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In proverbs 19:21 it states that " There are many devices of a mans heart" what does that mean?
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