Job 30:2
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New International Version
Of what use was the strength of their hands to me, since their vigor had gone from them?

King James Bible
Yea, whereto might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom old age was perished?

Darby Bible Translation
Yea, whereto [should] the strength of their hands [profit] me, [men] in whom vigour hath perished?

World English Bible
Of what use is the strength of their hands to me, men in whom ripe age has perished?

Young's Literal Translation
Also -- the power of their hands, why is it to me? On them hath old age perished.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The strength of their hands profit me - He is speaking here of the fathers of these young men. What was the strength of their hands to me? Their old age also has perished. The sense of which I believe to be this: I have never esteemed their strength even in their most vigorous youth, nor their conduct, nor their counsel even in old age. They were never good for any thing, either young or old. As their youth was without profit, so their old age was without honor. See Calmet. Mr. Good contends that the words are Arabic, and should be translated according to the meaning in that language, and the first clause of the third verse joined to the latter clause of the second, without which no good meaning can be elicited so as to keep properly close to the letter. I shall give the Hebrew text, Mr. Good's Arabic, and its translation: -

The Hebrew text is this: -

עלימו אבד כלח

aleymo abad calach

בחסר ובכפן גלמוד

becheser ubechaphan galmud.

The Arabic version which he translates thus: -

"With whom crabbed looks are perpetual,

From hunger and flinty famine."

This translation is very little distant from the import of the present Hebrew text, if it may be called Hebrew, when the principal words are pure Arabic, and the others constructively so.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Job 30:1 "But now those younger than I mock me, Whose fathers I disdained to put with the dogs of my flock.

Job 30:3 "From want and famine they are gaunt Who gnaw the dry ground by night in waste and desolation,

Christian Sympathy
Job, in his great indignation at the shameful accusation of unkindness to the needy, pours forth the following very solemn imprecation--"If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail; or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof; if I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering; if his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep; if I have lifted up my
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 8: 1863

Of Confession of Our Infirmity and of the Miseries of this Life
I will acknowledge my sin unto Thee;(1) I will confess to Thee, Lord, my infirmity. It is often a small thing which casteth me down and maketh me sad. I resolve that I will act bravely, but when a little temptation cometh, immediately I am in a great strait. Wonderfully small sometimes is the matter whence a grievous temptation cometh, and whilst I imagine myself safe for a little space; when I am not considering, I find myself often almost overcome by a little puff of wind. 2. Behold, therefore,
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ

Cross References
Job 30:1
"But now they mock me, men younger than I, whose fathers I would have disdained to put with my sheep dogs.

Job 30:3
Haggard from want and hunger, they roamed the parched land in desolate wastelands at night.

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