Job 30:2
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New International Version
Of what use was the strength of their hands to me, since their vigor had gone from them?

New Living Translation
A lot of good they are to me--those worn-out wretches!

English Standard Version
What could I gain from the strength of their hands, men whose vigor is gone?

New American Standard Bible
"Indeed, what good was the strength of their hands to me? Vigor had perished from them.

King James Bible
Yea, whereto might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom old age was perished?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What use to me was the strength of their hands? Their vigor had left them.

International Standard Version
Furthermore, what could I have gained from men whose strength is gone?

NET Bible
Moreover, the strength of their hands--what use was it to me? Men whose strength had perished;

New Heart English Bible
Of what use is the strength of their hands to me, men in whom ripe age has perished?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Of what use to me was the strength of their hands? Their strength is gone.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Yea, the strength of their hands, whereto should it profit me? Men in whom ripe age is perished.

New American Standard 1977
“Indeed, what good was the strength of their hands to me?
            Vigor had perished from them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For, unto what might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom time was lost?

King James 2000 Bible
Yea, how might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom vigor has perished?

American King James Version
Yes, whereto might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom old age was perished?

American Standard Version
Yea, the strength of their hands, whereto should it profit me? Men in whom ripe age is perished.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The strength of whose hands was to me as nothing, and they were thought unworthy of life itself.

Darby Bible Translation
Yea, whereto [should] the strength of their hands [profit] me, [men] in whom vigour hath perished?

English Revised Version
Yea, the strength of their hands, whereto should it profit me? men in whom ripe age is perished.

Webster's Bible Translation
Yes, to what might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom old age had perished?

World English Bible
Of what use is the strength of their hands to me, men in whom ripe age has perished?

Young's Literal Translation
Also -- the power of their hands, why is it to me? On them hath old age perished.
Study Bible
Job's Honor Turned into Contempt
1"But now those younger than I mock me, Whose fathers I disdained to put with the dogs of my flock. 2"Indeed, what good was the strength of their hands to me? Vigor had perished from them. 3"From want and famine they are gaunt Who gnaw the dry ground by night in waste and desolation,…
Cross References
Job 30:1
"But now those younger than I mock me, Whose fathers I disdained to put with the dogs of my flock.

Job 30:3
"From want and famine they are gaunt Who gnaw the dry ground by night in waste and desolation,
Treasury of Scripture

Yes, whereto might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom old age was perished?

(2) Whereto might the strength of their hands profit me, is the description of the fathers; Job 30:3 seqq. describes their children. The people here spoken of seem to have been somewhat similar to those known to the ancients as Troglodytes (Herod. iv. 183, &c.), the inhabitants of caves, who lived an outcast life and had manners and customs of their own. They are desolate with want and famine. They flee into the wilderness on the eve of wasteness and desolation, or when all is dark (yester night), waste, and desolate. It is evident that Job must have been familiar with a people of this kind, an alien and proscribed race living in the way he mentions.

Verse 2. - Yes, whereto might the strength of their hands profit me? Men, who had no such strength in their hands as to yield an employer any profit - poor, weak creatures, in whom old age (rather, manly vigour) was perished. An effete race seems to be pointed at, without strength or stamina, nerveless, spiritless, "destined to early decay and premature death;" but how they had sunk into such a condition is not apparent. Too often such remanents are merely tribes physically weak, whom more powerful ones have starved and stunted, driving them into the least productive regions, and in every way making life hard for them. Yea, whereto might the strength of their hands profit me,.... For though they were strong, lusty, hale men, able to do business, yet their strength was to sit still and fold their hands in their bosoms, so that their strength was of no profit or avail to themselves or others; they were so slothful and lazy, that Job could not employ them in any business of his to any advantage to himself; and this may be one reason, among others, why he disdained to set them with the dogs of his flock to keep it; for the fathers seem to be intended all along to Job 30:8; though it matters not much to which of them the words are applied, since they were like father like son:

in whom old age was perished? who did not arrive to old age, but were soon consumed by their lusts, or cut off for their sins; and so the strength and labour of their hands, had they been employed, would have been of little worth; because the time of their continuance in service would have been short, especially being idle and slothful: some understand it of a lively and vigorous old age, such as was in Moses; but this being not in them, they were unfit for business, see Job 5:26; or they had not the endowments of old age, the experience, wisdom, and prudence of ancient persons, to contrive, conduct, and manage affairs, or direct in the management of them, which would make up for lack of strength and labour. Ben Gersom, Bar Tzemach, and others, interpret the word of time, or the time of life, that was perished or lost in them; their whole course of life, being spent in sloth and idleness, was all lost time. 2. If their fathers could be of no profit to me, much less the sons, who are feebler than their sires; and in whose case the hope of attaining old age is utterly gone, so puny are they (Job 5:26) [Maurer]. Even if they had "strength of hands," that could be now of no use to me, as all I want in my present affliction is sympathy.30:1-14 Job contrasts his present condition with his former honour and authority. What little cause have men to be ambitious or proud of that which may be so easily lost, and what little confidence is to be put in it! We should not be cast down if we are despised, reviled, and hated by wicked men. We should look to Jesus, who endured the contradiction of sinners.
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