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Proverbs 20:18

    Proverbs 20:18 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Every purpose is established by counsel; And by wise guidance make thou war.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Every purpose is put into effect by wise help: and by wise guiding make war.

    Webster's Revision

    Every purpose is established by counsel; And by wise guidance make thou war.

    World English Bible

    Plans are established by advice; by wise guidance you wage war!

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Every purpose is established by counsel: and by wise guidance make thou war,

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 20:18

    With good advice make war, - Perhaps there is not a precept in this whole book so little regarded as this. Most of the wars that are undertaken are wars of injustice, ambition, aggrandizement, and caprice, which can have had no previous good counsel. A minister, who is perhaps neither a good nor a great man, counsels his king to make war; the cabinet must be brought into it, and a sufficient number out of the states of the kingdom gained over to support it. By and by, what was begun through caprice must be maintained through necessity. Places must be created, and offices must be filled with needy dependents, whose interest it may be to protract the war, till they get enough to pay their debts, and secure independence for life. And for these most important ends the blood of the country is spilled, and the treasures of the people exhausted! I have met with a fact precisely of this kind under the reign of Louis XIV.

    Wesley's Notes on Proverbs 20:18

    20:18 Established - The way to bring our purposes to good effect is to manage them with serious consideration.