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.

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

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

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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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Withdraw thy foot - Another proverb will illustrate this: "Too much familiarity breeds contempt."

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

2 Chronicles 28:20,21 And Tilgathpilneser king of Assyria came to him, and distressed him, but strengthened him not...

Job 6:14-20 To him that is afflicted pity should be showed from his friend; but he forsakes the fear of the Almighty...

Isaiah 30:1-3 Woe to the rebellious children, said the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit...

Isaiah 36:6 See, you trust in the staff of this broken reed, on Egypt; where on if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it...

Ezekiel 29:6,7 And all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am the LORD, because they have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel...

2 Timothy 4:16 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.

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An Unwalled City
'He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.'--PROVERBS xxv. 28. The text gives us a picture of a state of society when an unwalled city is no place for men to dwell in. In the Europe of today there are still fortified places, but for the most part, battlements are turned into promenades; the gateways are gateless; the sweet flowers blooming where armed feet used to tread; and men live securely without bolts and bars. But their spirits cannot yet
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

That a Man Should not be a Curious Searcher of the Sacrament, but a Humble Imitator of Christ, Submitting his Sense to Holy Faith
The Voice of the Beloved Thou must take heed of curious and useless searching into this most profound Sacrament, if thou wilt not be plunged into the abyss of doubt. He that is a searcher of Majesty shall be oppressed by the glory thereof.(1) God is able to do more than man can understand. A pious and humble search after truth is to be allowed, when it is always ready to be taught, and striving to walk after the wholesome opinions of the fathers. 2. Blessed is the simplicity which leaveth alone
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ

God's Glory the Chief End of Man's Being
Rom. xi. 36.--"Of him and through him, and to him, are all things, to whom be glory for ever." And 1 Cor. x. 31--"Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." All that men have to know, may be comprised under these two heads,--What their end is, and What is the right way to attain to that end? And all that we have to do, is by any means to seek to compass that end. These are the two cardinal points of a man's knowledge and exercise. Quo et qua eundum est,--Whither to go, and what way to go.
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

Christian Behavior
Being the fruits of true Christianity: Teaching husbands, wives, parents, children, masters, servants, etc., how to walk so as to please God. With a word of direction to all backsliders. Advertisement by the Editor This valuable practical treatise, was first published as a pocket volume about the year 1674, soon after the author's final release from his long and dangerous imprisonment. It is evident from the concluding paragraph that he considered his liberty and even his life to be still in a very
John Bunyan—The Works of John Bunyan Volumes 1-3

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.

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