Proverbs 25:19
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.

Berean Study Bible
Like a broken tooth or a foot out of joint 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.

New King James Version
Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble Is like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint.

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

NASB 1995
Like a bad tooth and an unsteady foot Is confidence in a faithless man in time of trouble.

NASB 1977
Like a bad tooth and an unsteady foot Is confidence in a faithless man in time of trouble.

Amplified Bible
Like a broken tooth or an unsteady foot Is confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble.

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

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

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

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The way of the wicked and the foot of the transgressor shall perish in an evil day.

Contemporary English Version
A friend you can't trust in times of trouble is like having a toothache or a sore foot.

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

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

Good News Translation
Depending on an unreliable person in a crisis is like trying to chew with a loose tooth or walk with a crippled foot.

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

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.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble Is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.

Literal Standard Version
A bad tooth, and a tottering foot, [Is] the confidence of the treacherous in a day of adversity.

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

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

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
More Proverbs of Solomon
18Like a club or sword or sharp arrow is a man who bears false witness against his neighbor. 19Like a broken tooth or a foot out of joint is confidence in a faithless man in time of trouble. 20Like one who removes a garment on a cold day or vinegar poured on a wound is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.…

Cross References
Job 6:15
But my brothers are as faithless as wadis, as seasonal streams that overflow,

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

Isaiah 36:6
Look now, you are trusting in Egypt, that splintered reed of a staff that will pierce the hand of anyone who leans on it. Such is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in 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 unto him, and distressed him, but strengthened him not…

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

Isaiah 30:1-3
Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin: …









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).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
[Like] a broken
רֹ֭עָה (rō·‘āh)
Verb - Qal - Participle - feminine singular
Strong's 7465: Broken, utterly

tooth
שֵׁ֣ן (šên)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 8127: A tooth, ivory, a cliff

or a foot
וְרֶ֣גֶל (wə·re·ḡel)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 7272: A foot, a step, the pudenda

out of joint
מוּעָ֑דֶת (mū·‘ā·ḏeṯ)
Verb - QalPass - Participle - feminine singular
Strong's 4154: Made to slip, dislocated

is confidence
מִבְטָ֥ח (miḇ·ṭāḥ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4009: A refuge, security, assurance

in a faithless man
בּ֝וֹגֵ֗ד (bō·w·ḡêḏ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 898: To cover, to act covertly, to pillage

in time
בְּי֣וֹם (bə·yō·wm)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3117: A day

of trouble.
צָרָֽה׃ (ṣā·rāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 6869: Tightness, a female rival


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