Proverbs 21:30

30 There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.

Proverbs 21:30 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.
English Standard Version (ESV)
30 No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel can avail against the LORD.
New Living Translation (NLT)
30 No human wisdom or understanding or plan can stand against the LORD .
The Message Bible (MSG)
30 Nothing clever, nothing conceived, nothing contrived, can get the better of God.
American Standard Version (ASV)
30 There is no wisdom nor understanding Nor counsel against Jehovah.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
30 No wisdom, no understanding, and no advice [can stand up] against the LORD.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
30 No wisdom, no understanding, and no counsel [will prevail] against the Lord.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
30 No wisdom, wise saying or plan can succeed against the Lord.

Proverbs 21:30 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 21:30

[There is] no wisdom nor understanding, nor counsel against
the Lord.
] No human schemes whatever, formed with the greatest wisdom and prudence, can ever prevail against God, or set aside or hinder the execution of any design of his; nothing that is pointed against his church, his cause, and interest, his truths and ordinances, in the issue shall succeed; all that are found fighters against him shall not prosper, let them be men of ever so much sagacity and wisdom; though there may be ever so many devices in a man's heart, and these ever so well planned, they shall never defeat the counsel of the Lord; see ( Proverbs 19:21 ) . The Targum is,

``there is no wisdom as God's;''
and so the Syriac version, "as the Lord's"; there is none like his, there is none to be compared with his; there is none of any value and worth but his; all is folly in comparison of that: or there is none "before the Lord" F14; no wisdom of the creature can stand before him, it presently vanishes and disappears.

F14 (hwhy dgnl) "in conspectu Jehovae", Gejerus; "coram Domino", Gussetius, p. 495.

Proverbs 21:30 In-Context

28 A false witness will perish, but a careful listener will testify successfully.
29 The wicked put up a bold front, but the upright give thought to their ways.
30 There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.
31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Job 12:13; S Job 15:25; Jeremiah 9:23
  • 2. S 2 Chronicles 13:12; S Job 5:13; Isaiah 8:10; Acts 5:39
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