Job 6:13

13 Do I have any power to help myself, now that success has been driven from me?

Job 6:13 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
13 Is not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me?
English Standard Version (ESV)
13 Have I any help in me, when resource is driven from me?
New Living Translation (NLT)
13 No, I am utterly helpless, without any chance of success.
The Message Bible (MSG)
13 Do you think I can pull myself up by my bootstraps? Why, I don't even have any boots! My So-Called Friends
American Standard Version (ASV)
13 Is it not that I have no help in me, And that wisdom is driven quite from me?
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
13 Am I not completely helpless? Haven't my skills been taken away from me?
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
13 Since I cannot help myself, [the hope for] success has been banished from me.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
13 I don't have the power to help myself. All hope of success has been taken away from me.

Job 6:13 Meaning and Commentary

Job 6:13

[Is] my help in me?
&c.] Or "my defence" F25, as some; is it not in my power to defend myself against the calumnies and reproaches cast upon me? it is; and, though one have no help in myself to bear my burdens, or extricate myself out of my difficulties, yet I have the testimony of a good conscience within me, that supports me; and I have the strength and force of reason and argument on my side, to defend me against all objectors:

and is wisdom driven from me?
either sound doctrine, the law F26, or, rather, the Gospel, the wisdom of God in a mystery, revealed in the words of the Holy One before mentioned; or wisdom in the hidden part, the fear of God, which is wisdom, true grace in the heart, which, when once implanted, can never be driven out; or natural reason and understanding, of which he was not bereaved; for, though his body was thus sorely afflicted, he retained his reasoning and intellectual faculties. The words, in connection with the former, may be read, "what, if help is not with me, is wisdom also driven quite from me?"


F1 does it follow, because I am not able to help myself out of this afflicted and distressed condition in which I am, that I am deprived of my reason? or be it that I am such a weak impotent creature, and even distracted, as you take me to be, should I not then rather be pitied than insulted? so some F2 connect the words following.

F25 (yb ytrze) "defensio mea penes me", Junius et Tremellius, Piscator.
F26 (hyvwt) "lex", Mercerus; so Peritsol.
F1 So Cocceius and Schultens.
F2 So De Dieu.

Job 6:13 In-Context

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?
14 “Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
15 But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams, as the streams that overflow

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