New International Version
On that day they will say to Jerusalem, "Do not fear, Zion; do not let your hands hang limp.
King James Bible
In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack.
Darby Bible Translation
In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear not; Zion, let not thy hands be slack.
World English Bible
In that day, it will be said to Jerusalem, "Don't be afraid, Zion. Don't let your hands be weak."
Young's Literal Translation
In that day it is said to Jerusalem, 'Fear not, O Zion, let not thy hands be feeble.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Fear thou not - Thou shalt have no more captivities nor national afflictions.
Let not thine hands be slack - This may refer, first, to the rebuilding of the temple of God, after the return from Babylon; and, secondly, to their diligence and zeal in the Christian Church.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
slack. or, faint.
LibraryZion's Joy and God's
'Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.... 17. He will rejoice over thee with joy; He will rest in His love, He will joy over thee with singing.'--ZEPHANIAH iii. 14, 17. What a wonderful rush of exuberant gladness there is in these words! The swift, short clauses, the triple invocation in the former verse, the triple promise in the latter, the heaped together synonyms, all help the impression. The very words seem to dance with joy. …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
A vision of the King.
Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.
Think how you have instructed many, how you have strengthened feeble hands.
In that day they will say, "Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation."
Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way;
say to those with fearful hearts, "Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you."
Do not be afraid, land of Judah; be glad and rejoice. Surely the LORD has done great things!
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