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Proverbs 21:1

On Life and Conduct

1 The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord;

He aturns it wherever He wishes.

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Proverbs 21:1 — The New International Version (NIV)

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 — English Standard Version (ESV)

The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord;

he turns it wherever he will.

Proverbs 21:1 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water:

He turneth it whithersoever he will.

Proverbs 21:1 — New Living Translation (NLT)

The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord;

he guides it wherever he pleases.

Proverbs 21:1 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord,

Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.

Proverbs 21:1 — New Century Version (NCV)

The Lord can control a king’s mind as he controls a river;

he can direct it as he pleases.

Proverbs 21:1 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)

The king’s heart is in the hand of Jehovah as the watercourses:

He turneth it whithersoever he will.

Proverbs 21:1 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

The king’s heart in the hand of Jehovah is as brooks of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

Proverbs 21:1 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

The king’s heart is like streams of water.

Both are under the Lord’s control.

He turns them in any direction he chooses.

Proverbs 21:1 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

A king’s heart is like streams of water in the Lord’s hand:

He directs it wherever He chooses.

Proverbs 21:1 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord;

he turns it wherever he will.

Proverbs 21:1 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

Streams of water are the heart of a king in the hand of Yahweh;

wherever he will desire, he will turn.

Proverbs 21:1 — New International Reader’s Version (NIrV)

The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord.

He directs it like a stream of water anywhere he pleases.