Job 6:13
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New International Version
Do I have any power to help myself, now that success has been driven from me?

New Living Translation
No, I am utterly helpless, without any chance of success.

English Standard Version
Have I any help in me, when resource is driven from me?

New American Standard Bible
"Is it that my help is not within me, And that deliverance is driven from me?

King James Bible
Is not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Since I cannot help myself, the hope for success has been banished from me.

International Standard Version
There is no help within me, is there? My resources have been driven away from me, haven't they?

NET Bible
Is not my power to help myself nothing, and has not every resource been driven from me?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Am I not completely helpless? Haven't my skills been taken away from me?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Am I not doing all that I can, and even with all this I lack the power to do anything?

King James 2000 Bible
Is not my help within me? and is wisdom driven quite from me?

American King James Version
Is not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me?

American Standard Version
Is it not that I have no help in me, And that wisdom is driven quite from me?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Behold there is no help for me in myself, and my familiar friends also are departed from me.

Darby Bible Translation
Is it not that there is no help in me, and soundness is driven away from me?

English Revised Version
Is it not that I have no help in me, and that effectual working is driven quite from me?

Webster's Bible Translation
Is not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me?

World English Bible
Isn't it that I have no help in me, That wisdom is driven quite from me?

Young's Literal Translation
Is not my help with me, And substance driven from me?
Parallel Commentaries
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 13. - Is not my help in me? rather, Is it not that I have no help in me? (Revised Version). Job feels that, instead of having exceptional strength of constitution to enable him to bear up against his exhausting malady, he is absolutely without strength. All his vital power is used up. There is no help in him. And is wisdom driven quite from me? rather, Is not soundness driven quite from me? Tushiyah seems to mean here "strength of constitution" - that internal soundness which resists the inroads of disease, and sometimes triumphs over the most serious maladies. Whatever reserve of this kind he may have possessed by nature, it is now, Job feels, altogether lost and gone from him.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Is my help in me?.... Or "my defence" (y), 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 (z), 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?" (a) 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 (b) connect the words following.

(y) "defensio mea penes me", Junius et Tremellius, Piscator. (z) "lex", Mercerus; so Peritsol. (a) So Cocceius and Schultens. (b) So De Dieu.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. Is not my help in me?—The interrogation is better omitted. "There is no help in me!" For "wisdom," "deliverance" is a better rendering. "And deliverance is driven quite from me."

Job 6:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
Job Replies: My Complaint is Just
12"Is my strength the strength of stones, Or is my flesh bronze? 13"Is it that my help is not within me, And that deliverance is driven from me? 14"For the despairing man there should be kindness from his friend; So that he does not forsake the fear of the Almighty.…
Cross References
Job 6:12
Do I have the strength of stone? Is my flesh bronze?

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

Job 26:3
What advice you have offered to one without wisdom! And what great insight you have displayed!
Treasury of Scripture

Is not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me?

Is not my.

Job 19:28 But you should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the …

2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that …

Galatians 6:4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing …

and is wisdom.

Job 12:2,3 No doubt but you are the people, and wisdom shall die with you…

Job 13:2 What you know, the same do I know also: I am not inferior to you.

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