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Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble.
King James Bible
Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.
Darby Bible Translation
Strengthen the weak hands and confirm the tottering knees.
World English Bible
Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.
Young's Literal Translation
Strengthen ye the feeble hands, Yea, the stumbling knees strengthen.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Strengthen ye - That is, you who are the religious teachers and guides of the people. This is an address made by the prophet in view of what he had said and was about to say of the proraised blessings. The sense is, strengthen and sustain the feeble and the desponding by the promised blessings; by the assurances Isaiah 34 that all the enemies of God and his people will be destroyed; and that he will manifest himself as their Protector, and send upon them the promised blessings. Or it may be regarded as addressed to the officers and ministers of religion when these blessings should have come; and as being an exhortation to them to make use of the influences, the promises, and the consolations which would attend the coming of the Messiah, to strengthen the feeble, and confirm those who were faint-hearted.
The weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees - Strength resides mainly in the arms, and in the lower limbs, or the knees. If these are feeble, the whole frame is feeble. Fear relaxes the strength of the arms, and the firmness of the knees; and the expressions 'weak hands,' and 'feeble knees,' become synonymous with saying, of a timid, fearful, and desponding frame of mind. Such were to be strengthened by the assurance of the favor of God, and by the consolations which would flow from the reign of the Messiah. The Jews, who looked abroad upon the desolations of their country, were to be comforted by the hope of future blessings; those who lived in those future times were to be consoled by the assurances of the favor of God through the Messiah (compare the notes at Isaiah 40:1).
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'For in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. And the glowing sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water.' ISAIAH xxxv. 6, 7. What a picture is painted in these verses! The dreary wilderness stretches before us, monotonous, treeless, in some parts bearing a scanty vegetation which flourishes in early spring and dies before fierce summer heats, but for the most part utterly desolate, the sand blinding the eyes, the ground cracked and gaping as if …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Weak Hands and Feeble Knees
Last Journey and Death, 1858 --Concluding Remarks.
Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble,
But Moses' hands were heavy. Then they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it; and Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other. Thus his hands were steady until the sun set.
All those about them encouraged them with articles of silver, with gold, with goods, with cattle and with valuables, aside from all that was given as a freewill offering.
"Behold you have admonished many, And you have strengthened weak hands.
"Your words have helped the tottering to stand, And you have strengthened feeble knees.
Then this one with human appearance touched me again and strengthened me.
In that day it will be said to Jerusalem: "Do not be afraid, O Zion; Do not let your hands fall limp.
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