What Does the Bible Say about Guidance?


Proverbs 3:5-6

ESVTrust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
KJVTrust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
NASBTrust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.
NIVTrust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
NLTTrust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

Psalm 32:8

ESVI will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
KJVI will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
NASBI will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.
NIVI will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
NLTThe LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.

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John 16:13

ESVWhen the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
KJVHowbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
NASB“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.
NIVBut when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
NLTWhen the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.

Isaiah 30:21

ESVAnd your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.
KJVAnd thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
NASBYour ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left.
NIVWhether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
NLTYour own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left.

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Psalm 119:105

ESVYour word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
KJVThy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
NASBYour word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.
NIVYour word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
NLTYour word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.

Proverbs 16:9

ESVThe heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.
KJVA man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
NASBThe mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.
NIVIn their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.
NLTWe can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.

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Proverbs 11:14

ESVWhere there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
KJVWhere no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellers there is safety.
NASBWhere there is no guidance the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory.
NIVFor lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.
NLTWithout wise leadership, a nation falls; there is safety in having many advisers.

John 14:26

ESVBut the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
KJVBut the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
NASB“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.
NIVBut the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
NLTBut when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.

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Isaiah 58:11

ESVAnd the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
KJVAnd the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
NASB“And the LORD will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.
NIVThe LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
NLTThe LORD will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.

1 John 4:1

ESVBeloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
KJVBeloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
NASBBeloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
NIVDear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
NLTDear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.

Proverbs 22:6

ESVTrain up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
KJVTrain up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
NASBTrain up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.
NIVStart children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
NLTDirect your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.

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