Matthew 12:20

“A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

A bruised reed shal he not breake, and smoking flaxe shall he not quench, till he send forth iudgment vnto victory.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"A BATTERED REED HE WILL NOT BREAK OFF, AND A SMOLDERING WICK HE WILL NOT PUT OUT, UNTIL HE LEADS JUSTICE TO VICTORY.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

A bruised reed shall he not break, And smoking flax shall he not quench, Till he send forth judgment unto victory.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The crushed stem will not be broken by him; and the feebly burning light will he not put out, till he has made righteousness overcome all.
- Basic English Bible

a bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, until he bring forth judgment unto victory;
- Darby Bible

A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he shall send forth judgment to victory.
- Webster's Bible

A crushed reed He will not utterly break, nor will He quench the still smouldering wick, until He has led on Justice to victory.
- Weymouth Bible

He won't break a bruised reed. He won't quench a smoking flax, until he leads justice to victory.
- World English Bible

A brisid rehed he shal not breke, and he schal not quenche smokynge flax, til he caste out doom to victorie;
- Wycliffe Bible

a bruised reed he shall not break, and smoking flax he shall not quench, till he may put forth judgment to victory,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 12:20


12:20 A bruised reed - A convinced sinner: one that is bruised with the weight of sin: smoking flax - One that has the least good desire, the faintest spark of grace: till he send forth judgment unto victory - That is, till he make righteousness completely victorious over all its enemies.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 12:20


Mt 12:20 A bruised reed shall he not break. The reed, a hollow cylinder, if bruised has its strength destroyed. It thus becomes the symbol of the bruised spirit. The tender Savior will not break, but heal. Smoking flax. The wick of the lamp that had ceased to burn clearly. The violent would put it out and fling it away. The Lord does not use such violence with those disciples who give forth some light, even if it is imperfect. Till he send forth judgment. Till he shall sit in power and triumph on the throne of judgment.

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