ISAIAH 40:31

“But they that wait upon the Lord”

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This inspiring verse says that if we wait upon, hope for and expect God's power to aid us in life, our strength will be refreshed and we will have inexhaustable energy that will empower us to move forward without becoming tired.

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“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

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Isaiah 40:31 Translation & Meaning

What does this verse really mean? Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew Scripture. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. Follow the buttons in the right-hand column for detailed definitions and verses that use the same root words. Use this reference information to gain deeper insight into the Bible and enrich your understanding. Information based on Strong's Exhaustive Concordance[1].

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But they that wait upon וְקוֹיֵ֤ To bind together (perhaps by twisting), i.e., collect; (figuratively) to expect wait upon
the Lord יְהוָה֙ (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
shall renew יַחֲלִ֣יפוּ Properly, to slide by, i.e., (by implication) to hasten away, pass on, spring up, pierce or change renew
their (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
strength; כֹ֔חַ Vigor, literally (force, in a good or a bad sense) or figuratively (capacity, means, produce); also (from its hardiness) a large lizard strength
they shall mount up יַעֲל֥וּ To ascend, intransitively (be high) or actively (mount); used in a great variety of senses, primary and secondary, literal and figurative mount up
with wings אֵ֖בֶר A pinion wings
as eagles; כַּנְּשָׁרִ֑ים The eagle (or other large bird of prey) eagles
they shall run, יָר֙וּצוּ֙ To run (for whatever reason, especially to rush) run
and not וְלֹ֣א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
be weary; יִיגָ֔עוּ Properly, to gasp; hence, to be exhausted, to tire, to toil weary
and (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
they shall walk, יֵלְכ֖וּ To walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) walk
and not וְלֹ֥א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
faint. יִיעָֽפוּ׃ To tire (as if from wearisome flight) faint

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  • 29  He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

  • 30  Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

  • 31  But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.




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