Proverbs 3:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 3:6, NIV: "in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."

Proverbs 3:6, ESV: "In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."

Proverbs 3:6, KJV: "In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

Proverbs 3:6, NASB: "In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight."

Proverbs 3:6, NLT: "Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take."

Proverbs 3:6, CSB: "in all your ways know him, and he will make your paths straight."

What does Proverbs 3:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

If we want perfect direction in life, whether we are buying a house or looking for a spouse, choosing a vocation or planning a vacation, in all our ways we should acknowledge the Lord. He will not only guide us in the right way but also remove obstacles from our path. The apostle James admonishes us to consult the Lord's will when we need to plan our days (James 4:13–15). This doesn't mean we'll get answers to every question we might ever have. A blunt figure of speech used in English points out that life is already hard, and it's only harder when one makes foolish choices. Following God's plan and His will is a good way to avoid added struggle.

We find a good example in Genesis 24 of a person who acknowledged the Lord and received perfect guidance. He was Abraham's servant who was on a mission to find a suitable bride for Abraham's son Isaac. The servant went to Nahor, a city in Mesopotamia, and rested his camels beside a spring of water when the women of the city approached to draw water. He prayed to the Lord for success in finding the right woman for Isaac (Genesis 24:12–14). The Lord answered his prayer, and Rebekah would soon become Isaac's bride. Abraham's servant praised the Lord for directing him to Rebekah. He said, "Blessed be the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken his steadfast love and his faithfulness toward my master. As for me, the LORD has led me in the way to the house of my master's kinsmen" (Genesis 24:27).