A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
– Proverbs 16:9
The word for deviseth means to plait, or weave, like a rug. The first phrase speaks of a man planning and plotting his course in his heart, i.e., mind. The word for directeth in the second phrase means to set upright, or to establish. The second phrase means that regardless of what man plans or attempts, what actually happens is established by God. It is more advanced theology concerning the sovereignty of God and providential governance of the creation. What man does and what he means by what he does is subjugated to God’s will and God’s intent of all that comes to pass (Genesis 50:20; Proverbs 16:1; 20:24; 21:30).