Proverbs 24:6

6 Surely you need guidance to wage war, and victory is won through many advisers.

Proverbs 24:6 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.
English Standard Version (ESV)
6 for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.
New Living Translation (NLT)
6 So don’t go to war without wise guidance; victory depends on having many advisers.
The Message Bible (MSG)
6 Strategic planning is the key to warfare; to win, you need a lot of good counsel.
American Standard Version (ASV)
6 For by wise guidance thou shalt make thy war; And in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
6 After all, with the right strategy you can wage war, and with many advisers there is victory.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
6 for you should wage war with sound guidance- victory comes with many counselors.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
6 If you go to war, you need guidance. If you want to win, you need many good advisers.

Proverbs 24:6 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 24:6

For by wise counsel thou shall make thy war
Counsel, as well as strength, is necessary for war: kings and states, before they enter on a war, should not only well consider the justness of their cause, but should consult whether they have a sufficiency of men and money to carry it on; and should concert the wisest methods to attack the enemy, or defend themselves; and, above all, should ask counsel of God; see ( 2 Kings 18:20 ) ( Luke 14:31 Luke 14:32 ) . And this is true of our spiritual warfare with sin, Satan, the world, and false teachers; which requires not only strength to wage war with them, but wise counsel, that we may be able to understand and guard against their cunning, wiles, and stratagems: and this is principally to be asked of God, who is wonderful in counsel; and of good and experienced men, skilled in those matters; and in the multitude of counsellors [there is] safety;
to take the advice of wise counsellors, and many of them, even among men, is safe for princes and states, in the above case and in all others; and especially to ask and take counsel of God, who gives wisdom liberally to them that ask it; and of Christ, the wonderful Counsellor; and from the Scriptures, whom David made his counsellors; and from old experienced Christians, and ministers of the word, with whom are wisdom, counsel, and understanding; (See Gill on Proverbs 11:14).

Proverbs 24:6 In-Context

4 through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.
5 The wise prevail through great power, and those who have knowledge muster their strength.
6 Surely you need guidance to wage war, and victory is won through many advisers.
7 Wisdom is too high for fools; in the assembly at the gate they must not open their mouths.
8 Whoever plots evil will be known as a schemer.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Proverbs 11:14; S Proverbs 20:18; Luke 14:31
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