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If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

12:5 contend with horses. This colorful prophetic rebuke and warning, directed originally to backslidden Judah, is applicable also to our present generation of compromising evangelicals. When Christians are quickly willing to yield to intellectual peer pressure from liberal colleagues, they even more readily will deny the faith altogether when serious persecution threatens.

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