Hebrews 12:12
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English Standard Version
Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees,

King James Bible
Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;

American Standard Version
Wherefore lift up the hands that hang down, and the palsied knees;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees,

English Revised Version
Wherefore lift up the hands that hang down, and the palsied knees;

Webster's Bible Translation
Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;

Weymouth New Testament
Therefore strengthen the drooping hands and paralysed knees,

Hebrews 12:12 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Wherefore (διὸ)

Because chastening is thus necessary, and serves for wholesome discipline, and issues in holiness.

Lift up (ἀνορθώσατε)

Found in Luke 13:13; Acts 15:16 (citn). Occasionally in lxx. It signifies to set up, make, erect. In O.T. to establish, as a throne (2 Samuel 7:13, 2 Samuel 7:16); a house (2 Samuel 7:26; 1 Chronicles 17:24); to raise up one who is down (Psalm 145:9; Sir. 11:12). In Acts 15:16, to build anew. By medical writers, to straighten; to set dislocated parts of the body. See Luke 13:13. The translation here should be more general: not lift up, which is inappropriate to paralyzed knees, but set right; brace. As falling in with the thought of this passage, comp. the lxx of Psalm 17:35, which, for the A.V. "thy gentleness hath made me great," gives "thy discipline hath established me or set me up." See also Psalm 19:8.

The hands which hang down (τὰς παρειμένας χεῖρας)

Rend. the slackened or weakened hands. Comp. Isaiah 35:3; Sir. 25:23; 2 Samuel 4:1. The verb παριέναι (only here and Luke 11:42) originally means to let pass, disregard, neglect; thence to relax, loosen. See Clem. Rom. Ad 1 Corinthians 34, who associates it with νωθρὸς slothful (comp. Hebrews 5:11).

And the feeble knees (καὶ τὰ παραλελυμένα γόνατα)

For feeble rend. palsied. See on Luke 5:18.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Hebrews 12:3,5 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest you be wearied and faint in your minds...

Job 4:3,4 Behold, you have instructed many, and you have strengthened the weak hands...

Isaiah 35:3 Strengthen you the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.

Ezekiel 7:17 All hands shall be feeble, and all knees shall be weak as water.

Ezekiel 21:7 And it shall be, when they say to you, Why sigh you? that you shall answer, For the tidings; because it comes...

Daniel 5:6 Then the king's countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed...

Nahum 2:10 She is empty, and void, and waste: and the heart melts, and the knees smite together, and much pain is in all loins...

1 Thessalonians 5:14 Now we exhort you, brothers, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

Cross References
Psalm 109:24
My knees are weak through fasting; my body has become gaunt, with no fat.

Isaiah 35:3
Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.

Ezekiel 7:17
All hands are feeble, and all knees turn to water.

Zephaniah 3:16
On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: "Fear not, O Zion; let not your hands grow weak.

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