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.
Darby Bible Translation
A troubled fountain, and a defiled well, is a righteous man that giveth way before the wicked.
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.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Falling down before - i. e., Yielding and cringing. To see this instead of stedfastness, is as grievous as for the traveler to find the spring at which he hoped to quench his thirst turbid and defiled.
A sermon (No. 2866) delivered on Thursday Evening, January 6th, 1876, by C.H. Spurgeon at The Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington. "As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country."--Proverbs 25:25. This is a text for summertime rather than for a winter's evening. It is only on one of our hottest summer days that we could fully appreciate the illustration here employed; we need to be parched with thirst to be able to feel the value of cold waters to quench our thirst. At the same …
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs
Epistle Xlii. To Eulogius, Patriarch of Alexandria.
The Ninth Commandment
"Son of man, take up a lamentation over Pharaoh king of Egypt and say to him, 'You compared yourself to a young lion of the nations, Yet you are like the monster in the seas; And you burst forth in your rivers And muddied the waters with your feet And fouled their rivers.'"
'Is it too slight a thing for you that you should feed in the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pastures? Or that you should drink of the clear waters, that you must foul the rest with your feet?
'As for My flock, they must eat what you tread down with your feet and drink what you foul with your feet!'"
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