Job 6:11
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English Standard Version
What is my strength, that I should wait? And what is my end, that I should be patient?

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

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?

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

5 Doth the wild ass bray at fresh grass?

Or loweth an ox over good fodder?

6 Is that which is tasteless eaten unsalted?

Or is there flavour in the white of an egg?

7 That which my soul refused to touch,

The same is as my loathsome food.

The meaning of the first two figures is: He would not complain, if there were really no cause for it; of the two others: It is not to be expected that he should smile at his suffering, and enjoy it as delicate food. על־בּלילו I have translated "over good fodder," for בּליל is mixed fodder of different kinds of grain, farrago. "Without salt" is virtually adjective to תּפל, insipid, tasteless. What is without salt one does not relish, and there is no flavour in the slime of the yolk of an egg, i.e., the white of an egg (Targ.),

(Note: Saadia compares b. Aboda zara, 40, a, where it is given as a mark of the purity of the eggs in the roe of fish: מבפנים וחלמון מב מבחוץ חלבון, when the white is outside and the yellow within.)

or in the slime of purslain (according to Chalmetho in the Peschito, Arab. ḥamqâ), fatua equals purslain), which is less probable on account of ריר (slime, not: broth): there is no flavour so that it can be enjoyed. Thus is it with his sufferings. Those things which he before inwardly detested (dirt and dust of leprosy) are now sicut fastidiosa cibi mei, i.e., as loathsome food which he must eat. The first clause, Job 6:7, must be taken as an elliptic relative clause forming the subject: vid., Ges. 123, 3, c. Such disagreeable counsel is now like his unclean, disgusting diet. Eliphaz desires him to take them as agreeable. דּוי in כּדרי is taken by Ges. Ew., Hahn, Schlottm., Olsh. (165, b), as constr. from דּוי, sickness, filth; but דּוי, as plur. from דּוה, sick, unclean (especially of female menstruation, Isaiah 30:22), as Heiligst. among modern commentators explains it, is far more suitable. Hitz. (as anonym. reviewer of Ewald's Job in the liter. Centralblatt) translates: they (my sufferings) are the morsels of my food; but the explanation of המּה is not correct, nor is it necessary to go to the Arabic for an explanation of כּדרי. It is also unnecessary, with Bttcher, to read כּדוי (such is my food in accordance with my disease); Job does not here speak of his diet as an invalid.

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Job 7:5-7 My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken, and become loathsome...

Job 10:20 Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little,

Job 13:25,28 Will you break a leaf driven to and fro? and will you pursue the dry stubble...

Job 17:1,14-16 My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, the graves are ready for me...

Psalm 39:5 Behold, you have made my days as an handbreadth; and my age is as nothing before you...

Psalm 90:5-10 You carry them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which grows up...

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...

Cross References
Job 6:12
Is my strength the strength of stones, or is my flesh bronze?

Job 21:4
As for me, is my complaint against man? Why should I not be impatient?

Job 26:2
"How you have helped him who has no power! How you have saved the arm that has no strength!

Psalm 39:4
"O LORD, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!

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