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?
Darby Bible Translation
What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end, that I should have patience?
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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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
What is my strength, that I should hope? - Job had hitherto borne his trials without apprehension that he would lose his constancy of hope, or his confidence in God. He here seems to apprehend that his constancy might fail, and he therefore wishes to die before he should be left to dishonor God. He asks, therefore, what strength he had that he should hope to be able to sustain his trials much longer.
And what is mine end, that I should prolong my life? - Various interpretations have been given of this passage. Some suppose it means, "What is the limit of my strength? How long will it last?" Others, "What end is there to be to my miseries?" Others, "How distant is mine end? How long have I to live?" Noyes renders it, "And what is mine end that I should be patient?" Rosenmuller supposes that the word "end" here means the "end of his strength," or that he had not such fortitude as to be certain that he could long bear his trials without complaining or murmuring. The phrase rendered "prolong my life," probably means rather "to lengthen the patience," or to hold out under accumulated sorrows. The word rendered life נפשׁ nephesh often means soul, spirit, mind, as well as life, and the sense is, that he could not hope, from any strength that he had, to bear without complaining these trials until the natural termination of his life; and hence, he wished God to grant his request, and to destroy him. Feeling that his patience was sinking under his calamities, be says that it would be better for him to die than be left to dishonor his Maker. It is just the state of feeling which many a sufferer has, that his trials are so great that nature will sink under them, and that death would be a relief. Then is the time to look to God for support and consolation.
Library"Now the God of Hope Fill You with all Joy and Peace in Believing," &C.
Rom. xv. 13.--"Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing," &c. It is usual for the Lord in his word to turn his precepts unto promises, which shows us, that the commandments of God do not so much import an ability in us, or suppose strength to fulfil them, as declare that obligation which lies upon us, and his purpose and intention to accomplish in some, what he requires of all: and therefore we should accordingly convert all his precepts unto prayers, seeing he hath made …
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The Sinner Stripped of his Vain Pleas.
"Is my strength the strength of stones, Or is my flesh bronze?
"As for me, is my complaint to man? And why should I not be impatient?
"What a help you are to the weak! How you have saved the arm without strength!
"LORD, make me to know my end And what is the extent of my days; Let me know how transient I am.
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