At home group this week, Proverbs 19:21 was mentioned – which is, from the NIV, “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord‘s purpose that prevails”. Interestingly, one of the people had a different version of the bible, and her version simply said;

Man proposes, God disposes.

I suspect a different meaning is coming across, but it’s a phrase that’s lodged very deeply in my mind, and I keep taking it out to chew over. I haven’t yet decided if it’s a helpful or unhelpful way to translate that particular proverb – but I can’t really help thinking it might capture a bit more of pithy spirit of the proverbs than the often laboured NIV…