In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.
The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.
We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.
We plan the way we want to live, but only GOD makes us able to live it.
A man may make designs for his way, but the Lord is the guide of his steps.
The human mind plans the way, but the LORD directs the steps.
A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.
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1 tn Heb “the heart of a man.” This stresses that it is within the heart that plans are made. Only those plans that are approved by God will succeed.
2 tn Heb “his way” (so KJV, NASB).
3 tn The verb כּוּן (kun, “to establish; to confirm”) with צַעַד (tsa’ad, “step”) means “to direct” (e.g., Ps 119:133; Jer 10:23). This contrasts what people plan and what actually happens – God determines the latter.
4 sn “Steps” is an implied comparison, along with “way,” to indicate the events of the plan as they work out.