If you have raced with runners
and they have worn you out,
how can you compete with horses?
If you stumble in a peaceful land,
what will you do in the thickets of the Jordan?
I am weary from my groaning;
with my tears I dampen my pillow
and drench my bed every night.
I am weary from my crying;
my throat is parched.
My eyes fail, looking for my God.
But I am full of the Lord’s wrath;
I am tired of holding it back.
Pour it out on the children in the street,
on the gang of young men as well.
For both husband and wife will be captured,
the old with the very old.
If I say, “I won’t mention Him
or speak any longer in His name,”
His message becomes a fire burning in my heart,
shut up in my bones.
I become tired of holding it in,
and I cannot prevail.
In Judah, it was said:The strength of the laborer fails,
since there is so much rubble.
We will never be able
to rebuild the wall.
2 Samuel 23:10
but Eleazar stood his ground and attacked the Philistines until his hand was tired and stuck to his sword. The Lord brought about a great victory that day. Then the troops came back to him, but only to plunder the dead.
2 Samuel 21:15
The Philistines again waged war against Israel. David went down with his soldiers, and they fought the Philistines, but David became exhausted.
But beyond these, my son, be warned: there is no end to the making of many books, and much study wearies the body.
The ironworker labors over the coals,
shapes the idol with hammers,
and works it with his strong arm.
Also he grows hungry and his strength fails;
he doesn’t drink water and is faint.
Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, worn out from His journey, sat down at the well. It was about six in the evening.
You became weary on your many journeys,
but you did not say, “I give up!”
You found a renewal of your strength;
therefore you did not grow weak.
Now Jesus summoned His disciples and said,“I have compassion on the crowd, because they’ve already stayed with Me three days and have nothing to eat. I don’t want to send them away hungry; otherwise they might collapse on the way.”
If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, and some of them have come a long distance.”