Thursday, April 16, 2009

Lend Your Strength

Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
1 Thessalonians 5:14

"Comfort the feebleminded" (1 Thessalonians 5:14) does not convey the sense of the Greek, which means "encourage the fainthearted." Those to whom Paul refers were not mentally deficient but discouraged.

Another translation:: "And we exhort you, brethren, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all." The term "Idle," as well as "fainthearted," is justified by the evidence of the Greek papyri."

(The Bible Word Book, Bridges & Weigle, pg 132)

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