What [is] my strength, that I should hope?
&c.] For a perfect restoration of health, suggested by Eliphaz; since it was so sadly weakened by the present affliction, which made death more desirable than life lengthened out in so much weakness, pain, and sorrow; or "that I should bear" F23, such a weight and heavy load that lay upon him, and crushed him, and to which his strength was not equal; or continue and endure F24;
what [is] mine end, that I should prolong my life?
what end can be answered by living, or desiring a long life? His children were gone, and none left to take care of and provide for; his substance was taken away from him, so that he had not to support himself, nor to be useful to others, to the poor; he had lost all power, authority, and influence, among men, and could be no more serviceable by his counsel and advice, and by the administration of justice and equity as a civil magistrate; and as to religious matters, he was reckoned an hypocrite and a wicked man by his friends, and had lost his character and interest as a good man; and so for him to live could answer no valuable end, and, therefore, he desires to die; for what is here, and in ( Job 6:12 Job 6:13 ) said, contain reasons of his above request.
F23 (lxya yk) (oti upomenw) , Sept. "ut sustineam", V. L.
F24 "Ut durem", Junius & Tremellius.