The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible Ver. 12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down…
words may be considered as spoken to the Hebrews, with respect to
themselves; accordingly, the Syriac version reads, "your hands", and
"your knees"; who were sluggish, and inactive in prayer, in hearing
the word, in attendance on ordinances, in holding fast their
profession, and in the performance of those things which adorn it;
they were weary and fatigued with weights and burdens of sins and
afflictions; and were faint, fearful, and timorous, through distrust
of the promised good, because of their persecutions, being in
present distress, and in a view of approaching danger, with which
they might be surprised, as well as affected with their present
afflictions: and then the exhortation to "lift up the hands which
hang down, and the feeble knees", is to be active in every duty; to
be courageous against every enemy: to bear patiently every burden;
to take heart, and be of good cheer under every afflictive
providence: or else they may be considered as an exhortation to them
with respect to others, which seems to be most agreeable to
(Isaiah 35:3) from whence they are taken; and then what is signified
in them is done by sympathizing with persons in distress; by speaking
comfortably to them, and by bearing their burdens.
The New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Hebrews 12:12". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=heb&chapter=012&verse=012>. 1999.