Isaiah 40:30
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New International Version
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;

New Living Translation
Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion.

English Standard Version
Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted;

New American Standard Bible
Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly,

King James Bible
Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Youths may faint and grow weary, and young men stumble and fall,

International Standard Version
Even boys grow tired and weary, and young men collapse and fall,

NET Bible
Even youths get tired and weary; even strong young men clumsily stumble.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Even young people grow tired and become weary, and young men will stumble and fall.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The young men faint and are weary; the children stumble and fall;

King James 2000 Bible
Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

American King James Version
Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

American Standard Version
Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Youths shall faint, and labour, and young men shall fall by infirmity.

Darby Bible Translation
Even the youths shall faint and shall tire, and the young men shall stumble and fall;

English Revised Version
Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

Webster's Bible Translation
Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

World English Bible
Even the youths faint and get weary, and the young men utterly fall;

Young's Literal Translation
Even youths are wearied and fatigued, And young men utterly stumble,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

40:27-31 The people of God are reproved for their unbelief and distrust of God. Let them remember they took the names Jacob and Israel, from one who found God faithful to him in all his straits. And they bore these names as a people in covenant with Him. Many foolish frets, and foolish fears, would vanish before inquiry into the causes. It is bad to have evil thoughts rise in our minds, but worse to turn them into evil words. What they had known, and had heard, was sufficient to silence all these fears and distrusts. Where God had begun the work of grace, he will perfect it. He will help those who, in humble dependence on him, help themselves. As the day, so shall the strength be. In the strength of Divine grace their souls shall ascend above the world. They shall run the way of God's commandments cheerfully. Let us watch against unbelief, pride, and self-confidence. If we go forth in our own strength, we shall faint, and utterly fall; but having our hearts and our hopes in heaven, we shall be carried above all difficulties, and be enabled to lay hold of the prize of our high calling in Christ Jesus.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 30. - Shall faint... shall fall; rather, should even the youths faint and be weary, and should the young men utterly fall, yet they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, etc. The two clauses of ver. 30 are "concessive."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Even the youths shall faint and be weary,.... Such as are in the prime of their strength, and glory in it, yet through the hand of God upon them, by one disease or another, their strength is weakened in the way; or they meet with that which they are not equal to, and sink under, and are discouraged, and obliged to desist. Some think the Babylonians and Chaldeans are here meant, the enemies of Israel, and by whom they were carried captive. The Targum interprets this clause, as well as the following, of wicked and ungodly men; and so do Jarchi and Kimchi: it may be applied to the Heathen emperors, who persecuted the church of God, and were smitten by him, and found it too hard a work to extirpate Christianity out of the world, which they thought to have done; and also to all the antichristian states, who have given their power and strength to the beast:

and the young men shall utterly fail; or, "falling shall fall" (f); stumble and fall, die and perish; or, however, not be able to perform their enterprise.

(f) "corruendo corruent", Montanus; "labefacti cadent", Castalio.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

30. young men—literally, "those selected"; men picked out on account of their youthful vigor for an enterprise.

Isaiah 40:30 Additional Commentaries
Context
Here is Your God!
29He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power. 30Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly, 31Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.
Cross References
Isaiah 9:17
Therefore the Lord will take no pleasure in the young men, nor will he pity the fatherless and widows, for everyone is ungodly and wicked, every mouth speaks folly. Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised.

Jeremiah 6:11
But I am full of the wrath of the LORD, and I cannot hold it in. "Pour it out on the children in the street and on the young men gathered together; both husband and wife will be caught in it, and the old, those weighed down with years.

Jeremiah 9:21
Death has climbed in through our windows and has entered our fortresses; it has removed the children from the streets and the young men from the public squares.

Jeremiah 48:15
Moab will be destroyed and her towns invaded; her finest young men will go down in the slaughter," declares the King, whose name is the LORD Almighty.
Treasury of Scripture

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