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Job 36:19

    Job 36:19 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Will he esteem thy riches? no, not gold, nor all the forces of strength.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Will he esteem your riches? no, not gold, nor all the forces of strength.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Will thy cry avail, that thou be not in distress, Or all the forces of thy'strength?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

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    Webster's Revision

    Will thy cry avail, that thou be not in distress, Or all the forces of thy'strength?

    World English Bible

    Would your wealth sustain you in distress, or all the might of your strength?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Will thy riches suffice, that thou be not in distress, or all the forces of thy strength?

    Barnes' Notes on Job 36:19

    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!

    Wesley's Notes on Job 36:19

    36:19 Thy riches - If thou hadst as much of them as ever. Forces - The strongest forces.
    Book: Job