Isaiah 40:30

30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;

Isaiah 40:30 in Other Translations

KJV
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
ESV
30 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted;
NLT
30 Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion.
MSG
30 For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall.
CSB
30 Youths may faint and grow weary, and young men stumble and fall,

Isaiah 40:30 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 40:30

Even the youths shall faint and be weary
Such as are in the prime of their strength, and glory in it, yet through the hand of God upon them, by one disease or another, their strength is weakened in the way; or they meet with that which they are not equal to, and sink under, and are discouraged, and obliged to desist. Some think the Babylonians and Chaldeans are here meant, the enemies of Israel, and by whom they were carried captive. The Targum interprets this clause, as well as the following, of wicked and ungodly men; and so do Jarchi and Kimchi: it may be applied to the Heathen emperors, who persecuted the church of God, and were smitten by him, and found it too hard a work to extirpate Christianity out of the world, which they thought to have done; and also to all the antichristian states, who have given their power and strength to the beast: and the young men shall utterly fail;
or, "falling shall fall" F6; stumble and fall, die and perish; or, however, not be able to perform their enterprise.


FOOTNOTES:

F6 (wlvky lwvk) "corruendo corruent", Montanus; "labefacti cadent", Castalio.

Isaiah 40:30 In-Context

28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Isaiah 9:17; Jeremiah 6:11; Jeremiah 9:21
  • 2. S Psalms 20:8; Isaiah 5:27