Hebrews 12:12

12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.

Hebrews 12:12 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
English Standard Version (ESV)
12 Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees,
New Living Translation (NLT)
12 So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees.
The Message Bible (MSG)
12 So don't sit around on your hands! No more dragging your feet!
American Standard Version (ASV)
12 Wherefore lift up the hands that hang down, and the palsied knees;
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
12 Strengthen your tired arms and weak knees.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
12 Therefore strengthen your tired hands and weakened knees,
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
12 So lift your sagging arms. Strengthen your weak knees.

Hebrews 12:12 Meaning and Commentary

Ver. 12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down
These words may be considered as spoken to the Hebrews, with respect to themselves; accordingly, the Syriac version reads, "your hands", and "your knees"; who were sluggish, and inactive in prayer, in hearing the word, in attendance on ordinances, in holding fast their profession, and in the performance of those things which adorn it; they were weary and fatigued with weights and burdens of sins and afflictions; and were faint, fearful, and timorous, through distrust of the promised good, because of their persecutions, being in present distress, and in a view of approaching danger, with which they might be surprised, as well as affected with their present afflictions: and then the exhortation to "lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees", is to be active in every duty; to be courageous against every enemy: to bear patiently every burden; to take heart, and be of good cheer under every afflictive providence: or else they may be considered as an exhortation to them with respect to others, which seems to be most agreeable to ( Isaiah 35:3 ) from whence they are taken; and then what is signified in them is done by sympathizing with persons in distress; by speaking comfortably to them, and by bearing their burdens.

Hebrews 12:12 In-Context

10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness.
11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.
13 “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
14 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.

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