Parallel Verses


Many plans are in a man's mind, but it is the Lord's purpose for him that will stand.

New American Standard Bible

Many plans are in a man's heart, But the counsel of the LORD will stand.

King James Version

There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.

Holman Bible

Many plans are in a man’s heart,
but the Lord’s decree will prevail.

International Standard Version

Many plans occupy the mind of a man, but the LORD's purposes will prevail.

A Conservative Version

There are many devices in a man's heart, but the counsel of LORD, that shall stand.

American Standard Version

There are many devices in a man's heart; But the counsel of Jehovah, that shall stand.

Bible in Basic English

A man's heart may be full of designs, but the purpose of the Lord is unchanging.

Darby Translation

Many are the thoughts in a man's heart, but the counsel of Jehovah, that doth stand.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

There are many thoughts in the heart of man; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD shall stand.

Julia Smith Translation

Many purposes in a man's heart: and the counsel of Jehovah, that shall stand.

King James 2000

There are many plans in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Many plans [are] in the heart of a man, but the purpose of Yahweh will be established.

Modern King James verseion

There are many purposes in a man's heart, but the counsel of Jehovah shall stand.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD shall stand.

NET Bible

There are many plans in a person's mind, but it is the counsel of the Lord which will stand.

New Heart English Bible

There are many plans in a man's heart, but the LORD's counsel will prevail.

The Emphasized Bible

Many are the devices in a man's heart, but, the counsel of Yahweh, that, shall stand.


There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.

World English Bible

There are many plans in a man's heart, but Yahweh's counsel will prevail.

Youngs Literal Translation

Many are the purposes in a man's heart, And the counsel of Jehovah it standeth.


Root Form
מחשׁבת מחשׁבה 
Usage: 56

in a man's
Usage: 692

of the Lord

Usage: 0




Prayers for Proverbs 19:21

Context Readings

A Foolish Son Brings Ruin To Others

20 Hear counsel, receive instruction, and accept correction, that you may be wise in the time to come. 21 Many plans are in a man's mind, but it is the Lord's purpose for him that will stand. 22 That which is desired in a man is loyalty and kindness [and his glory and delight are his giving], but a poor man is better than a liar.

Cross References

Psalm 33:10-11

The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nought; He makes the thoughts and plans of the peoples of no effect.

Proverbs 16:9

A man's mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure.

Isaiah 14:26-27

This is the [Lord's] purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth [regarded as conquered and put under tribute by Assyria]; and this is [His omnipotent] hand that is stretched out over all the nations.

Job 23:13

But He is unchangeable, and who can turn Him? And what He wants to do, that He does.

Proverbs 16:1

The plans of the mind and orderly thinking belong to man, but from the Lord comes the [wise] answer of the tongue.

Isaiah 14:24

The Lord of hosts has sworn, saying, Surely, as I have thought and planned, so shall it come to pass, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand -- "

Isaiah 46:10

Declaring the end and the result from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure and purpose,

Genesis 37:19-20

And they said one to another, See, here comes this dreamer and master of dreams.

Genesis 45:4-8

And Joseph said to his brothers, Come near to me, I pray you. And they did so. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt!

Genesis 50:20

As for you, you thought evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring about that many people should be kept alive, as they are this day.

Esther 9:25

But when Esther brought the matter before the king, he commanded in writing that Haman's wicked scheme which he had devised against the Jews should return upon his own head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows.

Psalm 21:11

For they planned evil against You; they conceived a mischievous plot which they are not able to perform.

Psalm 83:4

They have said, Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation; let the name of Israel be in remembrance no more.

Proverbs 12:2

A good man obtains favor from the Lord, but a man of wicked devices He condemns.

Proverbs 21:1

The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, as are the watercourses; He turns it whichever way He wills.

Proverbs 21:30

There is no [human] wisdom or understanding or counsel [that can prevail] against the Lord.

Ecclesiastes 7:29

Behold, this is the only [reason for it that] I have found: God made man upright, but they [men and women] have sought out many devices [for evil].

Isaiah 7:6-7

Let us go up against Judah and harass and terrify it; and let us cleave it asunder [each of us taking a portion], and set a [vassal] king in the midst of it, namely the son of Tabeel,

Daniel 4:35

And all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing. And He does according to His will in the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth, and none can stay His hand or say to Him, What are You doing?

Daniel 11:24-25

Without warning and stealthily he shall come into the most productive places of a province or among the richest men of a province [of Egypt], and he shall do that which his fathers have not done nor his fathers' fathers; he shall distribute among them plunder, spoil, and goods. He shall devise plans against strongholds -- "but only for a time [the period decreed by God].

Matthew 26:4-5

And consulted together in order to arrest Jesus by stratagem secretly and put Him to death.

Matthew 27:63-64

And said, Sir, we have just remembered how that vagabond Imposter said while He was still alive, After three days I will rise again.

Acts 4:27-28

For in this city there actually met and plotted together against Your holy Child and Servant Jesus, Whom You consecrated by anointing, both Herod and Pontius Pilate with the Gentiles and peoples of Israel,

Acts 5:38-39

Now in the present case let me say to you, stand off (withdraw) from these men and let them alone. For if this doctrine or purpose or undertaking or movement is of human origin, it will fail (be overthrown and come to nothing);

Ephesians 1:11

In Him we also were made [God's] heritage (portion) and we obtained an inheritance; for we had been foreordained (chosen and appointed beforehand) in accordance with His purpose, Who works out everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His [own] will,

Hebrews 6:17-18

Accordingly God also, in His desire to show more convincingly and beyond doubt to those who were to inherit the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose and plan, intervened (mediated) with an oath.

1 Peter 2:8

And, A Stone that will cause stumbling and a Rock that will give [men] offense; they stumble because they disobey and disbelieve [God's] Word, as those [who reject Him] were destined (appointed) to do.

Jude 1:4

For certain men have crept in stealthily [ gaining entrance secretly by a side door]. Their doom was predicted long ago, ungodly (impious, profane) persons who pervert the grace (the spiritual blessing and favor) of our God into lawlessness and wantonness and immorality, and disown and deny our sole Master and Lord, Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

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