Parallel Bible VersionsHebrew Bible Study Tools

Proverbs 20:5 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Counsel in the heart of man is [like] deep water; But a man of understanding will draw it out.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Counsel in the heart of man [is like] deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— A plan in the heart of a man is [like] deep water, But a man of understanding draws it out.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Counsel in the heart of man [is like] deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Counsel in the heart of man is deep water, and a man of understanding draweth it out.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Deep water, is counsel in a man's heart, but, a man of understanding, will draw it out.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Counsel in the heart of a man [is] deep water, And a man of understanding draweth it up.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Counsel in the heart of a man is like deep water: but a wise man will draw it out.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Counsell in the heart of man is [like] deepe water: but a man of vnderstanding will draw it out.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Counsel in a man's heart is deep water; but a prudent man will draw it out.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Counsel in the heart of man [is like] deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Counsel 6098
{6098} Prime
עֵצָה
`etsah
{ay-tsaw'}
From H3289; advice; by implication plan; also prudence.
in the 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.
of man 376
{0376} Prime
אִישׁ
'iysh
{eesh}
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.).
[is like] deep 6013
{6013} Prime
עָמֹק
`amoq
{aw-moke'}
From H6009; deep (literally or figuratively).
water; 4325
{4325} Prime
מַיִם
mayim
{mah'-yim}
Dual of a primitive noun (but used in a singular sense); water; figuratively juice; by euphemism urine, semen.
but a man 376
{0376} Prime
אִישׁ
'iysh
{eesh}
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.).
of understanding 8394
{8394} Prime
תָּבוּן
tabuwn
{taw-boon'}
The second and third forms being feminine; from H0995; intelligence; by implication an argument; by extension caprice.
will draw it out. 1802
{1802} Prime
דָּלָה
dalah
{daw-law'}
A primitive root (compare H1809); properly to dangle, that is, to let down a bucket (for drawing out water); figuratively to deliver.
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 20:5

_ _ Counsel ... water — that is, deeply hidden (Proverbs 18:4; Psalms 13:2). The wise can discern well.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 20:5

_ _ A man's wisdom is here said to be of use to him for the pumping of other people, and diving into them, 1. To get the knowledge of them. Though men's counsels and designs are ever so carefully concealed by them, so that they are as deep water which one cannot fathom, yet there are those who by sly insinuations, and questions that seem foreign, will get out of them both what they have done and what they intend to do. Those therefore who would keep counsel must not only put on resolution, but stand upon their guard. 2. To get knowledge by them. Some are very able and fit to give counsel, having an excellent faculty of cleaving a hair, hitting the joint of a difficulty, and advising pertinently, but they are modest, and reserved, and not communicative; they have a great deal in them, but it is loth to come out. In such a case a man of understanding will draw it out, as wine out of a vessel. We lose the benefit we might have by the conversation of wise men for want of the art of being inquisitive.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 20:5

Counsel — Designs of doing something of moment. Deep water — Is secret and hard to be discovered.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 20:5

Counsel in the heart of (c) man [is like] deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

(c) It is hard to find out: for it is as deep waters, whose bottom cannot be found: yet the wise man will know a man either by his words or manners.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 18:4 The words of a man's mouth [are as] deep waters, [and] the wellspring of wisdom [as] a flowing brook.
Psalms 64:6 They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward [thought] of every one [of them], and the heart, [is] deep.
1 Corinthians 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
Random Bible VersesNew Quotes



Chain-Reference Bible Search

Ps 64:6. Pv 18:4. 1Co 2:11.

Newest Chat Bible Comment
Comment HereComplete Biblical ResearchComplete Chat Bible Commentary
Please post your comment on Proverbs 20:5.
Name:

WWW Chat Bible Commentary

User-Posted Comments on Proverbs 20:5


Recent Chat Bible Comments