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 Ree.Reed Shaken by the Wind (A), 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Reed.
 
A broken reed. Something not to be trusted for support. Egypt is called a broken reed, to which Hezekiah, could not trust if the Assyrians made war on Jorusalem, “which broken reed if a man leans on, it will go into his hand and pierce it.” Reed walking sticks are referred to.   1
   A bruised reed, in Bible language, means a believer weak in grace. A bruised reed [God] will not break.   2
 


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