Proverbs 21:1

1 In the LORD’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him.

Proverbs 21:1 in Other Translations

KJV
1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
ESV
1 The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will.
NLT
1 The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the LORD ; he guides it wherever he pleases.
MSG
1 Good leadership is a channel of water controlled by God; he directs it to whatever ends he chooses.
CSB
1 A king's heart is a water channel in the Lord's hand: He directs it wherever He chooses.

Proverbs 21:1 In-Context

1 In the LORD’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him.
2 A person may think their own ways are right, but the LORD weighs the heart.
3 To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart— the unplowed field of the wicked—produce sin.
5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Esther 5:1; Jeremiah 39:11-12
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