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Verses We Love – a Comparison of Proverbs 3:5-6

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths smooth.
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
Meaning-for-Meaning (Closest Natural Equivalence)

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Trust 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.
English Standard Version (ESV)
Word-for-Word (Form Equivalence)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.
New Living Translation (NLT)
Thought-for-Thought (Function Equivalence)

Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
The Message (MSG)
Paraphrase (Retelling)

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