Proverbs 24:10
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New International Version
If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength!

New Living Translation
If you fail under pressure, your strength is too small.

English Standard Version
If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.

New American Standard Bible
If you are slack in the day of distress, Your strength is limited.

King James Bible
If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If you do nothing in a difficult time, your strength is limited.

International Standard Version
If you grow weary when times are troubled, your strength is limited.

NET Bible
If you faint in the day of trouble, your strength is small!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Affliction will drive the evil in the day of distress.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If you faint in a crisis, you are weak.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If thou art slack in the day of tribulation, thy strength shall be reduced.

King James 2000 Bible
If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.

American King James Version
If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.

American Standard Version
If thou faint in the day of adversity, Thy strength is small.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If thou lose hope being weary in the day of distress, thy strength shall be diminished.

Darby Bible Translation
[If] thou losest courage in the day of trouble, thy strength is small.

English Revised Version
If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.

Webster's Bible Translation
If thou faintest in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.

World English Bible
If you falter in the time of trouble, your strength is small.

Young's Literal Translation
Thou hast shewed thyself weak in a day of adversity, Straitened is thy power,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

24:1,2 Envy not sinners. And let not a desire ever come into thy mind, Oh that I could shake off restraints! 3-6. Piety and prudence in outward affairs, both go together to complete a wise man. By knowledge the soul is filled with the graces and comforts of the spirit, those precious and pleasant riches. The spirit is strengthened for the spiritual work and the spiritual warfare, by true wisdom. 7-9. A weak man thinks wisdom is too high for him, therefore he will take no pains for it. It is bad to do evil, but worse to devise it. Even the first risings of sin in the heart are sin, and must be repented of. Those that strive to make others hateful, make themselves so. 10. Under troubles we are apt to despair of relief. But be of good courage, and God shall strengthen thy heart. 11,12. If a man know that his neighbour is in danger by any unjust proceeding, he is bound to do all in his power to deliver him. And what is it to suffer immortal souls to perish, when our persuasions and example may be the means of preventing it? 13,14. We are quickened to the study of wisdom by considering both the pleasure and the profit of it. All men relish things that are sweet to the palate; but many have no relish for the things that are sweet to the purified soul, and that make us wise unto salvation. 15,16. The sincere soul falls as a traveller may do, by stumbling at some stone in his path; but gets up, and goes on his way with more care and speed. This is rather to be understood of falls into affliction, than falls into actual sin.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. The gnome seems to be unconnected with the preceding. There is a paronomasia between צָרָה (tsarah), "adversity," and צַר (tsar), "small," narrow, which is retained by Fleischer: "Si segnis fueris die angustiae, angustae sunt vires tuae." So we may say in English, "If thou faint in time of straitness, straitened is thy strength." If you fail, and succumb to anxiety or danger, instead of rising to meet the emergency, then you are but a weakling or a coward, and the strength which you seemed to possess and of which you boasted, perhaps, is nothing worth. Such a man hearkens not to the Sibyl's counsel (Virgil, 'AEneid,' 6:95) ?

"Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito,
Quam tua te fortuna sinet."
The LXX. again varies from the received text, "He shall be polluted in an evil day, and in a day of affliction, until he fail," or "die" (ἐκλίπῃ).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

If thou faint in the day of adversity,.... When under bodily afflictions, stripping providences, reduced to great straits and wants; or under the violent persecutions of men, which is sometimes the case of the people of God; whose times are in his hands, times of adversity, as well as prosperity; and which are appointed by him, when they shall come, and how long they shall last; which is but for a short time, it is but a "day", and yet they are apt to "faint" under them, through the number and continuance of their afflictions; and especially when they apprehend them to be in wrath; when they have a sense of their sins at such a time, and no view of pardon; when they are under the hidings of God's face, their prayers do not seem to be heard, and salvation and deliverance do not come so soon as they expected; which, notwithstanding, shows the truth of what is next observed;

thy strength is small; such who are truly gracious are not indeed at such times wholly without strength; they are in some measure helped to bear up; but yet their sinkings and faintings show that they have but little strength: they have some faith that does not entirely fail, Christ praying for it; yet they are but of little faith; they have but a small degree of Christian fortitude and courage; there is a want of manliness in them; they act the part of children and babes in Christ; they do not quit themselves like men, and much less endure hardness, as good soldiers of Christ, as they should; they are, Ephraim like, without a heart, a courageous one, Hosea 7:1. Some think the words have reference to what goes before, and the sense to be this, "if thou art remiss" (g); that is, if thou art careless and negligent in time of health and prosperity, in getting wisdom, as thinking it too high for thee, Proverbs 24:7; "in the day of adversity thy strength will be small"; thou wilt not have that to support thee which otherwise thou wouldest have had. Aben Ezra connects the sense with the following, "if thou art remiss", in helping and delivering thy friend in affliction, Proverbs 24:11; "in the day of adversity", or "of straitness, thy strength shall be strait"; thou shalt be left in thy distress and difficulties, and have none to help thee.

(g) "si remiseris", Tigurine version; "remissus fuisti", Pagninus, Montanus, Mercerus, Gejerus; "si remisse te geras", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; so Michaelis.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

10. Literally, "If thou fail in the day of straits (adversity), strait (or, small) is thy strength," which is then truly tested.

Proverbs 24:10 Additional Commentaries
Don't Be Envious of Evil Men
9The devising of folly is sin, And the scoffer is an abomination to men. 10If you are slack in the day of distress, Your strength is limited. 11Deliver those who are being taken away to death, And those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back.…
Cross References
Hebrews 12:3
Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Deuteronomy 20:8
Then the officers shall add, "Is anyone afraid or fainthearted? Let him go home so that his fellow soldiers will not become disheartened too."

Job 4:5
But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged; it strikes you, and you are dismayed.

Jeremiah 51:46
Do not lose heart or be afraid when rumors are heard in the land; one rumor comes this year, another the next, rumors of violence in the land and of ruler against ruler.
Treasury of Scripture

If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.


1 Samuel 27:1 And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul…

Job 4:5 But now it is come on you, and you faint; it touches you, and you are troubled.

Isaiah 40:28-31 Have you not known? have you not heard, that the everlasting God, …

John 4:8 (For his disciples were gone away to the city to buy meat.)

2 Corinthians 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

Ephesians 3:13 Why I desire that you faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

Hebrews 12:3-5 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against …

Revelation 2:3,13 And have borne, and have patience, and for my name's sake have labored, …


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