A-Z: Common sayings from the Bible: Broken reed


Something that seems to be reliable, but proves damaging when trusted.


Papyrus reeds appear strong but are not; when they break, they are sharp and dangerous. The image is appropriate both to Egypt (the Nile grows reeds in abundance) and to the disastrous outcome of Israel's reliance on Egypt as an ally.

Bible References

2 Kings 18:21; Isaiah 36:6
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