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;
Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore lift up the hands that hang down, and the failing 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;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Wherefore - In view of the facts which have been now stated - that afflictions are sent from God, and are evidences of his paternal watchfulness.
Lift up the hands which hang down - As if from weariness and exhaustion. Renew your courage; make a new effort to bear them. The hands fall by the side when we are exhausted with toil, or worn down by disease; see the notes on Isaiah 35:3, from which place this exhortation is taken.
And the feeble knees - The knees also become enfeebled by long effort, and tremble as if their strength were gone. Courage and resolution may do much, however, to make them firm, and it is to this that the apostle exhorts those to whom he wrote. They were to make every effort to bear up under their trials. The hope of victory will do much to strengthen one almost exhausted in battle; the desire to reach home invigorates the frame of the weary traveler. So it is with the Christian. In persecution, and sickness, and bereavement, he may be ready to sink under his burdens. The hands fall, and the knees tremble, and the heart sinks within us. But confidence in God, and the hope of heaven, and the assurance that all this is for our good, will reinvigorate the enfeebled frame, and enable us to bear what we once supposed would crush us to the dust. A courageous mind braces a feeble body, and hope makes it fresh for new conflicts.
LibraryDecember 2. "Looking Diligently Lest any Man Fail" (Heb. xii. 15).
"Looking diligently lest any man fail" (Heb. xii. 15). It is not losing all, but coming short we are to fear. We may not lose our souls, but we may lose something more precious than life--His full approval, His highest choice, and our incorruptible and star-gemmed crown. It is the one degree more that counts, and makes all the difference between hot water--powerless in the boiler--and steam--all alive with power, and bearing its precious freight across the continent. I want, in this short life of …
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Note F. Note from Bengel on Rom. I. 4.
Fourteenth Day. Endurance in Contradiction.
"But it is Good for Me to Draw Near to God: I have Put My Trust in the Lord God, that I May Declare all Thy
My knees are weak from fasting, And my flesh has grown lean, without fatness.
Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble.
All hands will hang limp and all knees will become like water.
In that day it will be said to Jerusalem: "Do not be afraid, O Zion; Do not let your hands fall limp.
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