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Proverbs 25:26 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— [As] a troubled fountain, and a corrupted spring, [So is] a righteous man that giveth way before the wicked.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— A righteous man falling down before the wicked [is as] a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— [Like] a trampled spring and a polluted well Is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— A righteous man falling down before the wicked [is as] a turbid fountain, and a corrupt spring.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— A troubled fountain, and a defiled well, is a righteous [man] that giveth way before the wicked.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— A fountain fouled, a spring spoiled, is a righteous man tottering before one who is lawless.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— A spring troubled, and a fountain corrupt, [Is] the righteous falling before the wicked.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— A just man falling down before the wicked, is as a fountain troubled with the foot and a corrupted spring.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— A righteous man falling downe before the wicked, [is as] a troubled fountaine, aud a corrupt spring.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— As if one should stop a well, and corrupt a spring of water, so [is it] unseemly for a righteous man to fall before an ungodly man.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— A righteous man falling down before the wicked [is as] a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
A righteous 6662
{6662} Prime
From H6663; just.
man falling down 4131
{4131} Prime
A primitive root; to waver; by implication to slip, shake, fall.
<8801> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 309
before 6440
{6440} Prime
Plural (but always used as a singular) of an unused noun (פָּנֶה paneh, {paw-neh'}; from H6437); the face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (literally and figuratively); also (with prepositional prefix) as a preposition (before, etc.).
the wicked 7563
{7563} Prime
From H7561; morally wrong; concretely an (actively) bad person.
[is as] a troubled 7515
{7515} Prime
A primitive root; to trample, that is, roil water.
<8737> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 793
fountain, 4599
{4599} Prime
From H5869 (as a denominative in the sense of a spring); a fountain (also collectively), figuratively a source (of satisfaction).
and a corrupt 7843
{7843} Prime
A primitive root; to decay, that is, (causatively) ruin (literally or figuratively).
<8716> Grammar
Stem - Hophal (See H8825)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 113
spring. 4726
{4726} Prime
From H6979; properly something dug, that is, a (generally) source (of water, even when naturally flowing; also of tears, blood (by euphemism of the female pudenda); figuratively of happiness, wisdom, progeny).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 25:26

_ _ 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.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 25:26

_ _ It is here represented as a very lamentable thing, and a public grievance, and of ill consequence to many, like the troubling of a fountain and the corrupting of a spring, for the righteous to fall down before the wicked, that is, 1. For the righteous to fall into sin in the sight of the wicked — for them to do any thing unbecoming their profession, which is told in Gath, and published in the streets of Ashkelon, and in which the daughters of the Philistines rejoice. For those that have been in reputation for wisdom and honour to fall from their excellency, this troubles the fountains by grieving some, and corrupts the springs by infecting others and emboldening them to do likewise. 2. For the righteous to be oppressed, and run down, and trampled upon, by the violence or subtlety of evil men, to be displaced and thrust into obscurity, this is the troubling of the fountains of justice and corrupting the very springs of government, Proverbs 28:12, Proverbs 28:28; Proverbs 29:2. 3. For the righteous to be cowardly, to truckle to the wicked, to be afraid of opposing his wickedness and basely to yield to him, this is a reflection upon religion, a discouragement to good men, and strengthens the hands of sinners in their sins, and so is like a troubled fountain and a corrupt spring.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 25:26

Falling — When righteous men are oppressed by the wicked, the state of that common — wealth is as deplorable, as if the publick fountains were corrupted.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Genesis 4:8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
1 Samuel 22:14-18 Then Ahimelech answered the king, and said, And who [is so] faithful among all thy servants as David, which is the king's son in law, and goeth at thy bidding, and is honourable in thine house? ... And the king said to Doeg, Turn thou, and fall upon the priests. And Doeg the Edomite turned, and he fell upon the priests, and slew on that day fourscore and five persons that did wear a linen ephod.
2 Chronicles 24:21-22 And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of the house of the LORD. ... Thus Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada his father had done to him, but slew his son. And when he died, he said, The LORD look upon [it], and require [it].
Matthew 23:34-37 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and [some] of them ye shall kill and crucify; and [some] of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute [them] from city to city: ... O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, [thou] that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under [her] wings, and ye would not!
Matthew 26:69-74 Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee. ... Then began he to curse and to swear, [saying], I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.
Acts 7:52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:
1 Thessalonians 2:15 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men:
Revelation 17:6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
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