Proverbs 25:26
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New International Version
Like a muddied spring or a polluted well are the righteous who give way to the wicked.

New Living Translation
If the godly give in to the wicked, it's like polluting a fountain or muddying a spring.

English Standard Version
Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.

Berean Study Bible
Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked.

New American Standard Bible
Like a trampled spring and a polluted well Is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.

King James Bible
A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.

Christian Standard Bible
A righteous person who yields to the wicked is like a muddied spring or a polluted well.

Contemporary English Version
When a good person gives in to the wicked, it's like dumping garbage in a stream of clear water.

Good News Translation
A good person who gives in to someone who is evil reminds you of a polluted spring or a poisoned well.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A righteous person who yields to the wicked is like a muddied spring or a polluted well.

International Standard Version
A muddied spring or a polluted well— that's what a righteous person is who compromises with the wicked.

NET Bible
Like a muddied spring and a polluted well, so is a righteous person who gives way before the wicked.

New Heart English Bible
Like a muddied spring, and a polluted well, so is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Like a stopped up fountain and a stream of sewage, so is a righteous one that falls down before an evil one.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[Like] a muddied spring and a polluted well, [so] is a righteous person who gives in to a wicked person.

JPS Tanakh 1917
As a troubled fountain, and a corrupted spring, So is a righteous man that giveth way before the wicked.

New American Standard 1977
Like a trampled spring and a polluted well Is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain and a corrupt spring.

King James 2000 Bible
A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a muddied fountain, and a polluted spring.

American King James Version
A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.

American Standard Version
As a troubled fountain, and a corrupted spring,'so is a righteous man that giveth way before the wicked.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A just man falling down before the wicked, is as a fountain troubled with the foot, and a corrupted spring.

Darby Bible Translation
A troubled fountain, and a defiled well, is a righteous [man] that giveth way before the wicked.

English Revised Version
As a troubled fountain, and a corrupted spring, so is a righteous man that giveth way before the wicked.

Webster's Bible Translation
A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a turbid fountain, and a corrupt spring.

World English Bible
Like a muddied spring, and a polluted well, so is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.

Young's Literal Translation
A spring troubled, and a fountain corrupt, Is the righteous falling before the wicked.
Study Bible
More Proverbs of Solomon
25Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land. 26Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked. 27It is not good to eat too much honey or to search out one’s own glory.…
Cross References
Ezekiel 32:2
"Son of man, take up a lament for Pharaoh king of Egypt and say to him: 'You are like a lion among the nations; you are like a monster in the seas. You thrash about in your rivers, churning up the waters with your feet and muddying the streams.'

Ezekiel 34:18
Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture? Must you also trample the rest of the pasture with your feet? Is not it enough for you to drink the clear water? Must you also muddy the rest with your feet?

Ezekiel 34:19
Why must My flock feed on what your feet have trampled, and drink what your feet have muddied?'

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(26) A righteous man falling down before the wicked . . .--The mouth of the righteous was described (Proverbs 10:11) as a "well of life," from the comfort and refreshment it brings to the weary- through the just and kindly counsel it offers. But if the righteous man yields to the pressure put upon him by the wicked, and through fear or favour gives up his principles, then he can no longer give forth counsel out of a pure heart; he becomes like a fountain which has been fouled by the feet of cattle drinking at it (Ezekiel 34:18), and like a corrupted spring.

Verse 26. - Hebrew (see on Ver. 11), A troubled fountain, and a corrupted spring - a righteous man giving way to the wicked. A good man neglecting to assert himself and to hold his own m the face of sinners, is as useless to society and as harmful to the good cause as a spring that has been defiled by mud stirred up or extraneous matter introduced is unserviceable for drinking and prejudicial to those who use it. The mouth of the righteous should be "a well of life" (Proverbs 10:11), wholesome, refreshing, helpful; his conduct should be consistent and straightforward, fearless in upholding the right (Isaiah 51:12, etc.), uncompromising in opposing sin. When such a man, for fear, or favour, or weakness, or weariness, yields to the wicked, compromises principle, no longer makes a stand for truth and purity and virtue, he loses his high character, brings a scandal on religion, and lowers his own spiritual nature. It is this moral cowardice which Christ so sternly rebukes (Matthew 10:33), "Whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven." Some have assumed that the gnome is concerned with a good man's fall into misfortune owing to the machinations of sinners; but in this case the comparison loses its force; such persecution would not disturb the purity or lower the character of the righteous man; it would rather enhance his good qualities, give occasion for their exercise and development, and therefore could not be described as fouling a pure spring. A righteous man falling dozen before the wicked,.... Either falling into calamity and distress by means of the wicked man, through his malice and cunning, and which be seeing, rejoices at; or crouching unto him, bowing before him, yielding to him, not daring to oppose or reprove him; or falling into sin in his presence, which he ever after reproaches him for, and openly exposes him, so that his usefulness is lost; and especially if he joins with the wicked man in his course of living; and particularly if a civil magistrate, and acts unrighteously in his office: he

is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring; like a spring or fountain muddied with the feet of men or beasts; so that; he who was before as a clear spring of flowing water, a fountain of justice to his neighbours, from whom good doctrine and wholesome advice flowed, is now of no use by instruction or example, but the contrary. 26. From troubled fountains and corrupt springs no healthy water is to be had, so when the righteous are oppressed by the wicked, their power for good is lessened or destroyed.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.
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