Proverbs 25:19
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New International Version
Like a broken tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in a time of trouble.

New Living Translation
Putting confidence in an unreliable person in times of trouble is like chewing with a broken tooth or walking on a lame foot.

English Standard Version
Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips.

New American Standard Bible
Like a bad tooth and an unsteady foot Is confidence in a faithless man in time of trouble.

King James Bible
Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Trusting an unreliable person in a difficult time is like a rotten tooth or a faltering foot.

International Standard Version
A bad tooth and an unsteady foot— that's what confidence in an unreliable man is like in a time of trouble.

NET Bible
Like a bad tooth or a foot out of joint, so is confidence in an unfaithful person at the time of trouble.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint, so is trust in a liar in the day of trouble.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[Like] a broken tooth and a lame foot, [so] is confidence in an unfaithful person in a [time of] crisis.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.

King James 2000 Bible
Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.

American King James Version
Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.

American Standard Version
Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble Is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.

Douay-Rheims Bible
To trust to an unfaithful man in the time of trouble, is like a rotten tooth, and weary foot,

Darby Bible Translation
A broken tooth, and a tottering foot, is confidence in an unfaithful [man] in the day of trouble.

English Revised Version
Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.

Webster's Bible Translation
Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.

World English Bible
Confidence in someone unfaithful in time of trouble is like a bad tooth, or a lame foot.

Young's Literal Translation
A bad tooth, and a tottering foot, Is the confidence of the treacherous in a day of adversity.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

25:19. Confidence in an unfaithful man is painful and vexatious; when we put any stress on him, he not only fails, but makes us feel for it. 20. We take a wrong course if we think to relieve those in sorrow by endeavouring to make them merry. 21,22. The precept to love even our enemies is an Old Testament commandment. Our Saviour has shown his own great example in loving us when we were enemies. 23. Slanders would not be so readily spoken, if they were not readily heard. Sin, if it receives any check, becomes cowardly. 24. It is better to be alone, than to be joined to one who is a hinderance to the comfort of life. 25. Heaven is a country afar off; how refreshing is good news from thence, in the everlasting gospel, which signifies glad tidings, and in the witness of the Spirit with our spirits that we are God's children! 26. When the righteous are led into sin, it is as hurtful as if the public fountains were poisoned. 27. We must be, through grace, dead to the pleasures of sense, and also to the praises of men. 28. The man who has no command over his anger, is easily robbed of peace. Let us give up ourselves to the Lord, and pray him to put his Spirit within us, and cause us to walk in his statutes.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 19. - Hebrew (see on Ver. 11), A broken tooth, and a foot out of joint - confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble. A faithless man is as little to be relied on in a time of need as a loose or broken tooth, and a foot unsteady or actually dislocated. You cannot bite on the one, you cannot walk on the other; so the perfidious man fails you when most wanted. Septuagint, "The way [ὁδὸς, Vatican, is probably a clerical error for ὀδοὺς, al.] of the wicked, and the foot of the transgressor, shall perish in an evil day." A Bengal maxim runs, "A loose tooth and a feeble friend are equally bad" (Lane).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble,.... It is not good to put confidence in any man, not in princes, nor in the best of men; much less in an unfaithful, prevaricating, and treacherous man; and especially in a time of distress and trouble, depending on his help and assistance, which is leaning on a broken reed, and trusting to a broken staff. Or, "the confidence of an unfaithful man in time of trouble" (o); that which he puts confidence in; who trusts in his riches, or in his righteousness, or in his own heart, all which are vain and deceitful:

is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint; which are so far from being of any use, the one in eating food, and the other in walking, that they are both an hindrance to those actions, and cause pain and uneasiness: or, "a bad tooth", so the Targum and Syriac version; a rotten one.

(o) "fiducia praevaricatoris", Pagninus, Montanus, Mercerus, Gejerus; "fiducia perfidi", Cocceius, Michaelis.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

19. Treachery annoys as well as deceives.

Proverbs 25:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
More Proverbs of Solomon
18Like a club and a sword and a sharp arrow Is a man who bears false witness against his neighbor. 19Like a bad tooth and an unsteady foot Is confidence in a faithless man in time of trouble. 20Like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar on soda, Is he who sings songs to a troubled heart.…
Cross References
Job 6:15
But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams, as the streams that overflow

Proverbs 25:20
Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar poured on a wound, is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.

Isaiah 36:6
Look, I know you are depending on Egypt, that splintered reed of a staff, which pierces the hand of anyone who leans on it! Such is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who depend on him.
Treasury of Scripture

Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.

2 Chronicles 28:20,21 And Tilgathpilneser king of Assyria came to him, and distressed him, …

Job 6:14-20 To him that is afflicted pity should be showed from his friend; but …

Isaiah 30:1-3 Woe to the rebellious children, said the LORD, that take counsel, …

Isaiah 36:6 See, you trust in the staff of this broken reed, on Egypt; where …

Ezekiel 29:6,7 And all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am the LORD, because …

2 Timothy 4:16 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: …

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