Job 6:11
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New International Version
"What strength do I have, that I should still hope? What prospects, that I should be patient?

New Living Translation
But I don't have the strength to endure. I have nothing to live for.

English Standard Version
What is my strength, that I should wait? And what is my end, that I should be patient?

New American Standard Bible
"What is my strength, that I should wait? And what is my end, that I should endure?

King James Bible
What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end, that I should prolong my life?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What strength do I have that I should continue to hope? What is my future, that I should be patient?

International Standard Version
"Do I have the strength to wait? And why should I be patient?

NET Bible
What is my strength, that I should wait? and what is my end, that I should prolong my life?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
What strength do I have [left] that I can go on hoping? What goal do I have that I would want to prolong my life?

Jubilee Bible 2000
What is my strength that I should hope? What is my end that I should prolong my life?

King James 2000 Bible
What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is my end, that I should prolong my life?

American King James Version
What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is my end, that I should prolong my life?

American Standard Version
What is my strength, that I should wait? And what is mine end, that I should be patient?

Douay-Rheims Bible
For what is my strength, that I can hold out? or what is my end that I should keep patience?

Darby Bible Translation
What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end, that I should have patience?

English Revised Version
What is my strength, that I should wait? and what is mine end, at I should be patient?

Webster's Bible Translation
What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is my end, that I should prolong my life?

World English Bible
What is my strength, that I should wait? What is my end, that I should be patient?

Young's Literal Translation
What is my power that I should hope? And what mine end That I should prolong my life?
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:8-13 Job had desired death as the happy end of his miseries. For this, Eliphaz had reproved him, but he asks for it again with more vehemence than before. It was very rash to speak thus of God destroying him. Who, for one hour, could endure the wrath of the Almighty, if he let loose his hand against him? Let us rather say with David, O spare me a little. Job grounds his comfort upon the testimony of his conscience, that he had been, in some degree, serviceable to the glory of God. Those who have grace in them, who have the evidence of it, and have it in exercise, have wisdom in them, which will be their help in the worst of times.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - What is my strength, that I should hope? Eliphaz had suggested that Job might recover and be restored to his former prosperity (Job 5:18-26). Job rejects this suggestion. His strength is brought too low; it is not conceivable that he should be restored, he cannot entertain any such hope. And what is mine end, that I should prolong my life? rather, that I should stretch out my spirit. Job cannot look forward to such an "end" as Eliphaz prophesies for him; therefore he cannot bring himself to wait on with patience.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

What is my strength, that I should hope?.... 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" (w), 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 (x):

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 said, contain reasons of his above request.

(w) , Sept. "ut sustineam", V. L. (x) "Ut durem", Junius & Tremellius.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. What strength have I, so as to warrant the hope of restoration to health? a hope which Eliphaz had suggested. "And what" but a miserable "end" of life is before me, "that I should" desire to "prolong life"? [Umbreit]. Umbreit and Rosenmuller not so well translate the last words "to be patient."

Job 6:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
Job Replies: My Complaint is Just
10"But it is still my consolation, And I rejoice in unsparing pain, That I have not denied the words of the Holy One. 11"What is my strength, that I should wait? And what is my end, that I should endure? 12"Is my strength the strength of stones, Or is my flesh bronze?…
Cross References
Job 6:12
Do I have the strength of stone? Is my flesh bronze?

Job 21:4
"Is my complaint directed to a human being? Why should I not be impatient?

Job 26:2
"How you have helped the powerless! How you have saved the arm that is feeble!

Psalm 39:4
"Show me, LORD, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is.
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Psalm 102:23 He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days.

Psalm 103:14-16 For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust…

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