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

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

Darby Bible Translation
[If] thou losest courage in the day of trouble, 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,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

If thou faint - If thou give way to discouragement and despair in the day of adversity - time of trial or temptation.

Thy strength is small - צר כחכה tsar cochachah, thy strength is contracted. So the old MS. Bible excellently: Gif sliden thou dispeire, in the dai of anguyfs, schal be made litil thy strengthe. In times of trial we should endeavor to be doubly courageous; when a man loses his courage, his strength avails him nothing.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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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, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, faints not...

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 himself, lest you be wearied and faint in your minds...

Revelation 2:3,13 And have borne, and have patience, and for my name's sake have labored, and have not fainted...

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The Sluggard's Garden
'I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; 31. And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.'--PROVERBS xxiv. 30, 31. This picture of the sluggard's garden seems to be intended as a parable. No doubt its direct simple meaning is full of homely wisdom in full accord with the whole tone of the Book of Proverbs; but we shall scarcely do justice to this saying of the wise
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Epistle xxxvi. To Maximus, Bishop of Salona .
To Maximus, Bishop of Salona [113] . Gregory to Maximus, &c. When our common son the presbyter Veteranus came to the Roman city, he found me so weak from the pains of gout as to be quite unable to answer thy Fraternity's letters myself. And indeed with regard to the nation of the Sclaves [114] , from which you are in great danger, I am exceedingly afflicted and disturbed. I am afflicted as suffering already in your suffering: I am disturbed, because they have already begun to enter Italy by way
Saint Gregory the Great—the Epistles of Saint Gregory the Great

A Treatise on Good Works
I. We ought first to know that there are no good works except those which God has commanded, even as there is no sin except that which God has forbidden. Therefore whoever wishes to know and to do good works needs nothing else than to know God's commandments. Thus Christ says, Matthew xix, "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments." And when the young man asks Him, Matthew xix, what he shall do that he may inherit eternal life, Christ sets before him naught else but the Ten Commandments.
Dr. Martin Luther—A Treatise on Good Works

Proverbs
Many specimens of the so-called Wisdom Literature are preserved for us in the book of Proverbs, for its contents are by no means confined to what we call proverbs. The first nine chapters constitute a continuous discourse, almost in the manner of a sermon; and of the last two chapters, ch. xxx. is largely made up of enigmas, and xxxi. is in part a description of the good housewife. All, however, are rightly subsumed under the idea of wisdom, which to the Hebrew had always moral relations. The Hebrew
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

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.

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