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Proverbs 20:24 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— A man's goings are of Jehovah; How then can man understand his way?
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Man's goings [are] of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Man’s steps are [ordained] by the LORD, How then can man understand his way?
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Man's goings [are] of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The steps of a man are from Jehovah; and how can a man understand his own way?
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— From Yahweh, are a man's steps, a son of earth, then—how can he discern his way?
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— From Jehovah [are] the steps of a man, And man—how understandeth he his way?
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The steps of men are guided by the Lord: but who is the man that can understand his own way?
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Mans goings [are] of the LORD; how can a man then vnderstand his owne way?
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— A man's goings are directed of the Lord: how then can a mortal understand his ways?
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Man's goings [are] of Yahweh; how can a man then understand his own way?

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Man's 1397
{1397} Prime
From H1396; properly a valiant man or warrior; generally a person simply.
goings 4703
{4703} Prime
From H6805; a step; figuratively companionship.
[are] of Yhw יָהוֶה; 3068
{3068} Prime
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
(4480) Complement
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
how x4100
(4100) Complement
A primitive particle; properly interrogitive what? (including how?, why? and when?); but also exclamations like what! (including how!), or indefinitely what (including whatever, and even relatively that which); often used with prefixes in various adverbial or conjugational senses.
can a man 120
{0120} Prime
From H0119; ruddy, that is, a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.).
then understand 995
{0995} Prime
A primitive root; to separate mentally (or distinguish), that is, (generally) understand.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
his own way? 1870
{1870} Prime
From H1869; a road (as trodden); figuratively a course of life or mode of action, often adverbially.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 20:24

_ _ Man’s goings — literally, “Stately steppings of a strong man.”

_ _ a man — any common man.

_ _ understand — or, “perceive.”

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 20:24

_ _ We are here taught that in all our affairs, 1. We have a necessary and constant dependence upon God. All our natural actions depend upon his providence, all our spiritual actions upon his grace. The best man is no better than God makes him; and every creature is that to us which it is the will of God that it should be. Our enterprises succeed, not as we desire and design, but as God directs and disposes. The goings even of a strong man (so the word signifies) are of the Lord, for his strength is weakness without God, nor is the battle always to the strong. 2. We have no foresight of future events, and therefore know not how to forecast for them: How can a man understand his own way? How can he tell what will befal him, since God's counsels concerning him are secret, and therefore how can he of himself contrive what to do without divine direction? We so little understand our own way that we know not what is good for ourselves, and therefore we must make a virtue of necessity, and commit our way unto the Lord, in whose hand it is, follow the guidance and submit to the disposal of Providence.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 20:24

His way — What the issue of his designs will be.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Psalms 37:23 The steps of a [good] man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
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.
Daniel 5:23 But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath [is], and whose [are] all thy ways, hast thou not glorified:
Acts 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.


Proverbs 14:8 The wisdom of the prudent [is] to understand his way: but the folly of fools [is] deceit.
Proverbs 16:9 A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
Psalms 25:4 Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.
Psalms 25:12 What man [is] he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way [that] he shall choose.
Isaiah 10:6-7 I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets. ... Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but [it is] in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few.
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Ps 25:4, 12; 37:23. Pv 14:8; 16:9. Is 10:6. Jr 10:23. Dn 5:23. Ac 17:28.

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