Proverbs 25:19
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English Standard Version
Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips.

King James Bible
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,

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.

Proverbs 25:19 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The following comparative tristich refers to faithful service rendered by words:

Like the coolness of snow on a harvest day

Is a faithful messenger to them that send him:

He refresheth the soul of his master.

The coolness (צנּה from צנן, צנן, to be cool) of snow is not that of a fall of snow, which in the time of harvest would be a calamity, but of drink cooled with snow, which was brought from Lebanon or elsewhere, from the clefts of the rocks; the peasants of Damascus store up the winter's snow in a cleft of the mountains, and convey it in the warm months to Damascus and the coast towns. Such a refreshment is a faithful messenger (vid., regarding ציר, Proverbs 13:17, here following קציר as a kind of echo) to them that send him (vid., regarding this plur. at Proverbs 10:26, cf. Proverbs 22:21); he refreshes, namely (ו explicativum, as e.g., Ezekiel 18:19, etenim filius, like the ו et quidem, Malachi 1:11, different from the ו of conditional clause Proverbs 23:3), the soul of his master; for the answer which he brings to his master refreshes him, as does a drink of snow-cooled water on a hot harvest day.

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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.

Cross References
Job 6:15
My brothers are treacherous as a torrent-bed, as torrential streams that pass away,

Proverbs 25:20
Whoever sings songs to a heavy heart is like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, and like vinegar on soda.

Isaiah 36:6
Behold, you are trusting in Egypt, that broken reed of a staff, which will pierce the hand of any man who leans on it. Such is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him.

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