Proverbs 24:10 (NLT)
10 If you fail under pressure,
your strength is not very great.
TIME OF DAY:
Not specified in Bible reference; daytime.
Sunlight, coming from the right, is the main source of lighting in this scene, casting shadows below and to the left of the figures.
A woman on the left of the scene is straining under an enormous sack.
A man on the right of the scene is slowly sinking to his knees under a huge load of rocks.
When I read this proverb it really struck me how someone under a great load might feel about it! This is my very literal version of the proverb: showing a man and a woman under enormous loads, looking surprised, shocked and dumbfounded at the viewer. They are probably thinking “how can you say that to us!”
Here are some other Bible versions of this particular Proverb, which gives a slightly different emphasis on it:
Proverbs 24:10 (MSG)
10 If you fall to pieces in a crisis,
there wasn’t much to you in the first place.
Proverbs 24:10 (GW)
10 If you faint in a crisis, you are weak.
Proverbs 24:1-34 (ANIV)
10 If you falter in times of trouble,
how small is your strength!
Proverbs 24:10 (AMP)
10 If you faint in the day of adversity,
your strength is small.
“The 24th saying. Giving in to the pressure of trouble (a different word for trouble in v. 2 means “sorrow or mischief “) shows that a person’s strength is limited. This may subtly suggest that person is not wise, because, as stated in verse 5, wisdom gives strength. The Hebrew includes a wordplay by placing the word for small (s?ar, “narrow, tight, restricted”) immediately after the word for “trouble” (s?arâh).”
[Source: Bible Knowledge Commentary]