New American Standard Bible
"Will your riches keep you from distress, Or all the forces of your strength?
King James Bible
Will he esteem thy riches? no, not gold, nor all the forces of strength.
Darby Bible Translation
Will he esteem thy riches? Not gold, nor all the resources of strength!
World English Bible
Would your wealth sustain you in distress, or all the might of your strength?
Young's Literal Translation
Doth He value thy riches? He hath gold, and all the forces of power.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Will he esteem thy riches? - That is God will not regard thy riches as a reason why he should not cut you off, or as a ransom for your forfeited life. The reference here must be to the fact that Job "had been" a rich man, and the meaning is, either that God would not spare him because he "had been" a rich man, or that if he had now all the wealth which he once possessed, it would not be sufficient to be a ransom for his life.
Nor all the forces of his strength - Not all that gives power and influence to a man - wealth, age, wisdom, reputation, authority, and rank. The meaning is, that God would not regard any of these when a man was rebellious in affliction, and refused in a proper manner to acknowledge his Maker. Of the truth of what is here affirmed, there can be no doubt. Riches, rank, and honors cannot redeem the life of a man. They do not save him from the grave, and from all that is gloomy and revolting there. When God comes forth to deal with mankind, he does not regard their gold, their rank, their splendid robes or palaces, but he deals with them as "men" - and the "happy," the beautiful, the rich, the noble, moulder back, under his hand, to their native dust in the same manner as the most humble peasant. How forcibly should this teach us not to set our hearts on wealth, and not to seek the honors and wealth of the world as our portion!
LibraryWhether Christ Will Judge under the Form of his Humanity?
Objection 1: It would seem that Christ will not judge under the form of His humanity. For judgment requires authority in the judge. Now Christ has authority over the quick and the dead as God, for thus is He the Lord and Creator of all. Therefore He will judge under the form of His Godhead. Objection 2: Further, invincible power is requisite in a judge; wherefore it is written (Eccles. 7:6): "Seek not to be made a judge, unless thou have strength enough to extirpate iniquities." Now invincible power …
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica
Whether the Judicial Power Corresponds to Voluntary Poverty?
"Beware that wrath does not entice you to scoffing; And do not let the greatness of the ransom turn you aside.
"Do not long for the night, When people vanish in their place.
No man can by any means redeem his brother Or give to God a ransom for him--
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