Hebrews 12:12
New International Version
Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.

New Living Translation
So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees.

English Standard Version
Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees,

Berean Study Bible
Therefore strengthen your limp hands and weak knees.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore lift up the drooping hands and enfeebled knees,

King James Bible
Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;

New King James Version
Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees,

New American Standard Bible
Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble,

NASB 1995
Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble,

NASB 1977
Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble,

Amplified Bible
So then, strengthen hands that are weak and knees that tremble.

Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, strengthen your tired hands and weakened knees,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore strengthen your tired hands and weakened knees,

American Standard Version
Wherefore lift up the hands that hang down, and the palsied knees;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Therefore strengthen your hands and set your shaky knees firmly.

Contemporary English Version
Now stand up straight! Stop your knees from shaking

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees,

English Revised Version
Wherefore lift up the hands that hang down, and the palsied knees;

Good News Translation
Lift up your tired hands, then, and strengthen your trembling knees!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Strengthen your tired arms and weak knees.

International Standard Version
Therefore, strengthen your tired arms and your weak knees,

Literal Standard Version
For this reason, lift up the hanging-down hands and the loosened knees;

NET Bible
Therefore, strengthen your listless hands and your weak knees,

New Heart English Bible
Therefore, lift up the hands that hang down and the feeble knees,

Weymouth New Testament
Therefore strengthen the drooping hands and paralysed 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;

Additional Translations ...
Context
God Disciplines His Sons
11No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields a harvest of righteousness and peace to those who have been trained by it. 12Therefore strengthen your limp hands and weak knees. 13Make straight paths for your feet, so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.…

Cross References
Psalm 109:24
My knees are weak from fasting, and my body grows lean and gaunt.

Isaiah 35:3
Strengthen the limp hands and steady the feeble knees!

Ezekiel 7:17
Every hand will go limp, and every knee will turn to water.

Zephaniah 3:16
On that day they will say to Jerusalem: "Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands fall limp.


Treasury of Scripture

Why lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;

Hebrews 12:3,5
For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds…

Job 4:3,4
Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands…

Isaiah 35:3
Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.









(12) Wherefore.--As in Hebrews 10:24, the writer passes from the thought of personal risk and duty, to speak (in Hebrews 12:12-17) of that which is binding on all members of a community. "Wherefore"--since the trouble which has brought discouragement should rather call forth thankfulness--"strengthen (literally, make straight again, restore to a right state) the weakened hands and the palsied knees." The words are almost a reproduction of Isaiah 35:3, where those who have lost heart and hope (compared to men whose limbs are palsy-stricken) are encouraged by the promise of the coming of their God bringing recompense and salvation. (See Hebrews 10:36-37.)

Verse 12. - Wherefore lift up (for, straighten anew) the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees (rather, the relaxed hands and the loosened or enfeebled knees). The word παραλελυμένα is used only by St. Luke elsewhere in the New Testament, and with reference to persons paralyzed (Luke 5:18, 24; Acts 8:7; Acts 9:33). The form of the exhortation is taken from Isaiah 35:3, 'Ἰσχύσατε χεῖρες ἀνειμέναι καὶ γόνατα παραλελυμένα. The figure of the palaestra is thus again brought into view, with reference both to boxing and running.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
Therefore
Διὸ (Dio)
Conjunction
Strong's 1352: Wherefore, on which account, therefore. From dia and hos; through which thing, i.e. Consequently.

strengthen
ἀνορθώσατε (anorthōsate)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 461: To make upright (straight) again, rear again, restore. From ana and a derivative of the base of orthos; to straighten up.

[your]
τὰς (tas)
Article - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

limp
παρειμένας (pareimenas)
Verb - Perfect Participle Middle or Passive - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's 3935: From para and hiemi; to let by, i.e. Relax.

hands
χεῖρας (cheiras)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's 5495: A hand.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

weak
παραλελυμένα (paralelymena)
Verb - Perfect Participle Middle or Passive - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's 3886: To relax, enfeeble, weaken. From para and luo; to loosen beside, i.e. Relax.

knees.
γόνατα (gonata)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's 1119: The knee. Of uncertain affinity; the 'knee'.


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