Isaiah 35:3
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New International Version
Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way;

New Living Translation
With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees.

English Standard Version
Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.

New American Standard Bible
Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble.

King James Bible
Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Strengthen the weak hands, steady the shaking knees!

International Standard Version
Strengthen the feeble hands, and support the stumbling knees.

NET Bible
Strengthen the hands that have gone limp, steady the knees that shake!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Strengthen limp hands. Steady weak knees.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Comfort ye the tired hands and strengthen the knees that tremble.

King James 2000 Bible
Strengthen you the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.

American King James Version
Strengthen you the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.

American Standard Version
Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Strengthen ye the feeble hands, and confirm the weak knees.

Darby Bible Translation
Strengthen the weak hands and confirm the tottering knees.

English Revised Version
Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.

Webster's Bible Translation
Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.

World English Bible
Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.

Young's Literal Translation
Strengthen ye the feeble hands, Yea, the stumbling knees strengthen.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

35:1-4 Judea was prosperous in the days of Hezekiah, but the kingdom of Christ is the great subject intended. Converting grace makes the soul that was a wilderness, to rejoice with joy and singing, and to blossom abundantly. The feeble and faint-hearted are encouraged. This is the design of the gospel. Fear is weakening; the more we strive against it, the stronger we are, both for doing and suffering; and he that says to us, Be strong, has laid help for us upon One who is mighty. Assurance is given of the approach of Messiah, to take vengeance on the powers of darkness, to recompense with abundant comforts those that mourn in Zion; He will come and save. He will come again at the end of time, to punish those who have troubled his people; and to give those who were troubled such rest as will be a full reward for all their troubles.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - Strengthen ye the weak hands. In the Church of the redeemed there will be "weak" brethren as well as strong, "feeble" as well as healthful (see 1 Corinthians 3:1; Galatians 6:1; Hebrews 5:12-14). God, by the mouth of his prophet, calls on the strong to impart of their strength to their weaker brethren, uplifting their "weak hands," as Aaron and Hur did those of Moses (Exodus 17:12), and "confirming" or sustaining their "feeble knees." So St. Paul: "We that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves" (Romans 15:1).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Strengthen ye the weak hands,.... These are the words of the prophet, as the Targum,

"the prophet said, strengthen the weak hands;''

or rather of God, by the prophet, to the converted Gentiles, to those who saw the glory of the Lord; particularly to the ministers of the Gospel, who have to do with weak and feeble persons, who can scarcely lift up their hands, or stand upon their legs, under a sense of sin, in a view of wrath, and immediate ruin and destruction, ready to sink and faint, because of their enemies, or through want of food; and their business is to comfort and strengthen them, by preaching the Gospel, and pointing out the promises of it to them:

and confirm the feeble knees; that so they may keep their ground against their enemies; shake off their fears and trembling; go on their way courageously and rejoicing; run, and not be weary; walk, and not faint: "hands" and "knees" are mentioned particularly, because a man's strength lies greatly in them; and his weakness is seen by the languor and trembling of them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. Strengthen … hands … confirm … knees—The Hebrew for "strengthen" refers to the strength residing in the hand for grasping and holding a thing manfully; "confirm," to the firmness with which one keeps his ground, so as not to be dislodged by any other [Maurer]. Encourage the Jews, now desponding, by the assurance of the blessings promised.

Isaiah 35:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Glory of Zion
2It will blossom profusely And rejoice with rejoicing and shout of joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, The majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They will see the glory of the LORD, The majesty of our God. 3Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble. 4Say to those with anxious heart, "Take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance; The recompense of God will come, But He will save you."…
Cross References
Hebrews 12:12
Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.

Exodus 17:12
When Moses' hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up--one on one side, one on the other--so that his hands remained steady till sunset.

Ezra 1:6
All their neighbors assisted them with articles of silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with valuable gifts, in addition to all the freewill offerings.

Job 4:3
Think how you have instructed many, how you have strengthened feeble hands.

Job 4:4
Your words have supported those who stumbled; you have strengthened faltering knees.

Daniel 10:18
Again the one who looked like a man touched me and gave me strength.

Zephaniah 3:16
On that day they will say to Jerusalem, "Do not fear, Zion; do not let your hands hang limp.
Treasury of Scripture

Strengthen you the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.

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Isaiah 57:14-16 And shall say, Cast you up, cast you up, prepare the way, take up …

Judges 7:11 And you shall hear what they say; and afterward shall your hands …

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

Job 16:5 But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips …

Luke 22:32,43 But I have prayed for you, that your faith fail not: and when you …

Acts 18:23 And after he had spent some time there, he departed, and went over …

Hebrews 12:12 Why lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;

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