New American Standard Bible
When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, Because the LORD is the One who holds his hand.
King James Bible
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
Darby Bible Translation
though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down, for Jehovah upholdeth his hand.
World English Bible
Though he stumble, he shall not fall, for Yahweh holds him up with his hand.
Young's Literal Translation
When he falleth, he is not cast down, For Jehovah is sustaining his hand.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Though he fall - That is, though he is sometimes disappointed; though he is not always successful; though he may be unfortunate - yet this will not be final ruin. The word here does not refer to his falling into "sin," but into misfortune, disappointment, reverses, calamities. The image is that of a man who is walking along on a journey, but who stumbles, or fails to the earth - a representation of one who is not always successful, but who finds disappointment spring up in his path.
He shall not be utterly cast down - The word used here - טול ṭûl - means to "throw down at full length, to prostrate;" then, "to cast out, to throw away." Compare Isaiah 22:17; Jeremiah 16:13; Jeremiah 22:26; Jonah 1:5, Jonah 1:15. Here it means that he would not be "utterly" and "finally" prostrated; he would not fall so that he could not rise again. The calamity would be temporary, and there would be ultimate prosperity.
For the Lord upholdeth him with his hand - It is by no power of his own that he is recovered, but it is because, even when he falls, he is held up by an invisible hand. God will not suffer him to sink to utter ruin.
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persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;
They have bowed down and fallen, But we have risen and stood upright.
Behold, God is my helper; The Lord is the sustainer of my soul.
Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
Sustain me according to Your word, that I may live; And do not let me be ashamed of my hope.
Let Your hand be ready to help me, For I have chosen Your precepts.
The LORD sustains all who fall And raises up all who are bowed down.
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