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Proverbs 25:26

26 Like a muddied spring or a polluted well are the righteous who give way to the wicked.

Read Proverbs 25:26 Using Other Translations

A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.
Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.
If the godly give in to the wicked, it’s like polluting a fountain or muddying a spring.

What does Proverbs 25:26 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 25:26

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.

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