New International Version
If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength!
King James Bible
If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
Darby Bible Translation
[If] thou losest courage in the day of trouble, thy strength is small.
World English Bible
If you falter in the time of trouble, your strength is small.
Young's Literal Translation
Thou hast shewed thyself weak in a day of adversity, Straitened is thy power,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
If thou faint - If thou give way to discouragement and despair in the day of adversity - time of trial or temptation.
Thy strength is small - צר כחכה tsar cochachah, thy strength is contracted. So the old MS. Bible excellently: Gif sliden thou dispeire, in the dai of anguyfs, schal be made litil thy strengthe. In times of trial we should endeavor to be doubly courageous; when a man loses his courage, his strength avails him nothing.
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'I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; 31. And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.'--PROVERBS xxiv. 30, 31. This picture of the sluggard's garden seems to be intended as a parable. No doubt its direct simple meaning is full of homely wisdom in full accord with the whole tone of the Book of Proverbs; but we shall scarcely do justice to this saying of the wise …
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Epistle xxxvi. To Maximus, Bishop of Salona .
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Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Then the officers shall add, "Is anyone afraid or fainthearted? Let him go home so that his fellow soldiers will not become disheartened too."
But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged; it strikes you, and you are dismayed.
Do not lose heart or be afraid when rumors are heard in the land; one rumor comes this year, another the next, rumors of violence in the land and of ruler against ruler.
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