Pro 25:26 A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring. (KJV)
Pro 25:26 Like a muddied spring and a polluted well, so is a righteous person who gives in to a wicked person. (GW)
Pro 25:26 A spring troubled, and a fountain corrupt, Is the righteous falling before the wicked. (Young’s Literal Translation)
Pro 25:26 When a good person gives in to the wicked, it’s like dumping garbage in a stream of clear water. (CEV)
In the secular press the past two weeks has been a horrible story of the moral failing of what should have been a righteous person, a person who is in the public view as president of a fine Christian university.
The news media is often slanted toward the left and far left, but I suspect that there may be a factual basis behind this unfortunate news.
Our task as Christians is to live a life that is irreproachable before the world. Dr. Bob Jones, Senior, used to speak of our responsibility to be “show window material” for our Lord Jesus Christ.
It is always best to live a life of holiness that will always honor the Lord Jesus Christ. One of the “Proverbs and Quotations” I often shared with my public school students said something to the effect that we should live our life in such a manner that if anyone accuses us of wrongdoing no one will believe them.
The Bible instructs us:
1Co 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
Here are the notes and cross references for Proverbs 25:26 as given in The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury:
righteous. Pro 10:11, Gen 4:8, 1Sa 22:14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 2Ch 24:21, 22, *Mat 23:34, 35, 36, 37; Mat 26:69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74; Mat 27:21, *Act 7:52, 1Th 2:15, Rev 17:6.
falling down. Charles Bridges comments in this place, Satan thus makes more effective use of God’s people than of his own. The gross wickedness of the ungodly passes in silence. But he makes the neighbourhood ring with the failings of Christian professors. Godly consistency so grates upon the conscience of the world, that at any breach of it they clap their hands with Satanic joy; to see the Lord “wounded in the house of his friends” (Zec 13:6). Gen 12:18, 19, 20; Gen 20:10; Gen 26:10, 2Sa 11:2; 2Sa 12:14; 2Sa 13:11, 12, 13, 14; 2Sa 16:22, 1Ki 11:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 2Ki 18:5, 6; 2Ki 18:13, 14, 15, 16; 2Ki 23:13, %*Gal 2:4; %*Gal 2:5; %*Gal 2:11, 12, 13, 14, Col 4:14, *2Ti 4:10, Phm 1:24.
before the wicked. **2Sa 12:14, *Psa 39:1, Col 4:5.
troubled. Est 3:15, Eze 32:2; Eze 34:18, 19.
fountain. Heb. mayan, +Gen 7:11 (*S# H4599). Gen 26:18, 19, 20, 21, 22, Deut 8:7, Jos 15:18, 19, 2Ki 2:21, 22, Mat 5:13, 14, 15, 16, Jas 2:11, 12.