Job 6:11

11 “What strength do I have, that I should still hope? What prospects, that I should be patient?

Job 6:11 in Other Translations

KJV
11 What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end, that I should prolong my life?
ESV
11 What is my strength, that I should wait? And what is my end, that I should be patient?
NLT
11 But I don’t have the strength to endure. I have nothing to live for.
MSG
11 Where's the strength to keep my hopes up? What future do I have to keep me going?
CSB
11 What strength do I have that I should continue to hope? What is my future, that I should be patient?

Job 6:11 Meaning and Commentary

Job 6:11

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.


FOOTNOTES:

F23 (lxya yk) (oti upomenw) , Sept. "ut sustineam", V. L.
F24 "Ut durem", Junius & Tremellius.

Job 6:11 In-Context

9 that God would be willing to crush me, to let loose his hand and cut off my life!
10 Then I would still have this consolation— my joy in unrelenting pain— that I had not denied the words of the Holy One.
11 “What strength do I have, that I should still hope? What prospects, that I should be patient?
12 Do I have the strength of stone? Is my flesh bronze?
13 Do I have any power to help myself, now that success has been driven from me?

Cross References 1

  • 1. S ver 3; Job 21:4