Hebrews 12:12
New International Version
Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.

New Living Translation
So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees.

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

Berean Study Bible
Therefore strengthen your limp hands and weak knees.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore lift up the drooping hands and enfeebled knees,

New American Standard Bible
Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble,

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

Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, strengthen your tired hands and weakened knees,

Contemporary English Version
Now stand up straight! Stop your knees from shaking

Good News Translation
Lift up your tired hands, then, and strengthen your trembling knees!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore strengthen your tired hands and weakened knees,

International Standard Version
Therefore, strengthen your tired arms and your weak knees,

NET Bible
Therefore, strengthen your listless hands and your weak knees,

New Heart English Bible
Therefore, lift up the hands that hang down and the feeble knees,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Therefore strengthen your hands and set your shaky knees firmly.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Strengthen your tired arms and weak knees.

New American Standard 1977
Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore, lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees,

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;

American King James Version
Why 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,

Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore lift up the hands that hang down, and the failing 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,

World English Bible
Therefore, lift up the hands that hang down and the feeble knees,

Young's Literal Translation
Wherefore, the hanging-down hands and the loosened knees set ye up;
Study Bible
God Disciplines His Sons
11No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields a peaceful harvest of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. 12Therefore strengthen your limp hands and weak knees. 13Make straight paths for your feet, so that the lame will not be debilitated, but rather healed.…
Cross References
Psalm 109:24
My knees are weak from fasting, and my body grows lean and gaunt.

Isaiah 35:3
Strengthen the limp hands and steady the feeble knees!

Ezekiel 7:17
Every hand will go limp, and every knee will turn to water.

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

Treasury of Scripture

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

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

Job 4:3,4
Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands…

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







Lexicon
Therefore
Διὸ (Dio)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1352: Wherefore, on which account, therefore. From dia and hos; through which thing, i.e. Consequently.

strengthen
ἀνορθώσατε (anorthōsate)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 461: To make upright (straight) again, rear again, restore. From ana and a derivative of the base of orthos; to straighten up.

[your]
τὰς (tas)
Article - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

limp
παρειμένας (pareimenas)
Verb - Perfect Participle Middle or Passive - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 3935: From para and hiemi; to let by, i.e. Relax.

hands
χεῖρας (cheiras)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 5495: A hand.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

weak
παραλελυμένα (paralelymena)
Verb - Perfect Participle Middle or Passive - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3886: To relax, enfeeble, weaken. From para and luo; to loosen beside, i.e. Relax.

knees.
γόνατα (gonata)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 1119: The knee. Of uncertain affinity; the 'knee'.
(12) Wherefore.--As in Hebrews 10:24, the writer passes from the thought of personal risk and duty, to speak (in Hebrews 12:12-17) of that which is binding on all members of a community. "Wherefore"--since the trouble which has brought discouragement should rather call forth thankfulness--"strengthen (literally, make straight again, restore to a right state) the weakened hands and the palsied knees." The words are almost a reproduction of Isaiah 35:3, where those who have lost heart and hope (compared to men whose limbs are palsy-stricken) are encouraged by the promise of the coming of their God bringing recompense and salvation. (See Hebrews 10:36-37.)

Verse 12. - Wherefore lift up (for, straighten anew) the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees (rather, the relaxed hands and the loosened or enfeebled knees). The word παραλελυμένα is used only by St. Luke elsewhere in the New Testament, and with reference to persons paralyzed (Luke 5:18, 24; Acts 8:7; Acts 9:33). The form of the exhortation is taken from Isaiah 35:3, 'Ἰσχύσατε χεῖρες ἀνειμέναι καὶ γόνατα παραλελυμένα. The figure of the palaestra is thus again brought into view, with reference both to boxing and running. 12:12-17 A burden of affliction is apt to make the Christian's hands hang down, and his knees grow feeble, to dispirit him and discourage him; but against this he must strive, that he may better run his spiritual race and course. Faith and patience enable believers to follow peace and holiness, as a man follows his calling constantly, diligently, and with pleasure. Peace with men, of all sects and parties, will be favourable to our pursuit of holiness. But peace and holiness go together; there can be not right peace without holiness. Where persons fail of having the true grace of God, corruption will prevail and break forth; beware lest any unmortified lust in the heart, which seems to be dead, should spring up, to trouble and disturb the whole body. Falling away from Christ is the fruit of preferring the delights of the flesh, to the blessing of God, and the heavenly inheritance, as Esau did. But sinners will not always have such mean thoughts of the Divine blessing and inheritance as they now have. It agrees with the profane man's disposition, to desire the blessing, yet to despise the means whereby the blessing is to be gained. But God will neither sever the means from the blessing, nor join the blessing with the satisfying of man's lusts. God's mercy and blessing were never sought carefully and not obtained.
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