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Job 26:2 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— How hast thou helped him that is without power! How hast thou saved the arm that hath no strength!
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— How hast thou helped [him that is] without power? [how] savest thou the arm [that hath] no strength?
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “What a help you are to the weak! How you have saved the arm without strength!
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— How hast thou helped [him that is] without power? [how] savest thou the arm [that hath] no strength?
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— How hast thou helped the powerless; how saved the arm that is without strength!
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— How hast thou given help to one of no-strength? given victory to an arm of no-power?
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— What—thou hast helped the powerless, Saved an arm not strong!
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Whose helper art thou? is it of him that is weak? and dost thou hold up the arm of him that has no strength?
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Howe hast thou helped [him] that is without power? [how] sauest thou the arme that [hath] no strength?
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— To whom dost thou attach thyself, or whom art thou going to assist? is it not he that [has] much strength, and [he] who has a strong arm?
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— How hast thou helped [him that is] without power? [how] savest thou the arm [that hath] no strength?

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
How x4100
(4100) Complement
מָּה
mah
{maw}
A primitive particle; properly interrogitive what? (including how?, why? and when?); but also exclamations like what! (including how!), or indefinitely what (including whatever, and even relatively that which); often used with prefixes in various adverbial or conjugational senses.
hast thou helped 5826
{5826} Prime
עָזַר
`azar
{aw-zar'}
A primitive root; to surround, that is, protect or aid.
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
[him that is] without x3808
(3808) Complement
לֹא
lo'
{lo}
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
power? 3581
{3581} Prime
כֹּחַ
koach
{ko'-akh}
From an unused root meaning to be firm; vigor, literally (force, in a good or a bad sense) or figuratively (capacity, means, produce); also (from its hardiness) a large lizard.
[how] savest 3467
{3467} Prime
יָשַׁע
yasha`
{yaw-shah'}
A primitive root; properly to be open, wide or free, that is, (by implication) to be safe; causatively to free or succor.
z8689
<8689> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 2675
thou the arm 2220
{2220} Prime
זְרוֹעַ
z@rowa`
{zer-o'-ah}
From H2232; the arm (as stretched out), or (of animals) the foreleg; figuratively force.
[that hath] no 3808
{3808} Prime
לֹא
lo'
{lo}
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
strength? 5797
{5797} Prime
עֹז
`oz
{oze}
From H5810; strength in various applications (force, security, majesty, praise).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Job 26:2-3

_ _ without power ... no strength ... no wisdom — The negatives are used instead of the positives, powerlessness, etc., designedly (so Isaiah 31:8; Deuteronomy 32:21). Granting I am, as you say (Job 18:17; Job 15:2), powerlessness itself, etc. “How hast thou helped such a one?”

_ _ savest — supportest.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Job 26:1-4.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Job 26:2

(a) How hast thou helped [him that is] without power? [how] (b) savest thou the arm [that hath] no strength?

(a) You concluded nothing, for neither did you help me while destitute of all help, nor yet speak sufficiently on God's behalf, who has no need for your defence.

(b) But you do not apply it to the purpose.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
How hast thou:
Bildad had produced no argument to refute Job's doctrine; and therefore Job ironically admires the assistance which Bildad had given to his friends in their extremity, and the instruction he had afforded him in his perplexity.
Job 12:2 No doubt but ye [are] the people, and wisdom shall die with you.
1 Kings 18:27 And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he [is] a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, [or] peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.

helped:

Job 4:3-4 Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands. ... Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.
Job 6:25 How forcible are right words! but what doth your arguing reprove?
Job 16:4-5 I also could speak as ye [do]: if your soul were in my soul's stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake mine head at you. ... [But] I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage [your grief].
Isaiah 35:3-4 Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. ... Say to them [that are] of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come [with] vengeance, [even] God [with] a recompence; he will come and save you.
Isaiah 40:14 With whom took he counsel, and [who] instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?
Isaiah 41:5-7 The isles saw [it], and feared; the ends of the earth were afraid, drew near, and came. ... So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, [and] he that smootheth [with] the hammer him that smote the anvil, saying, It [is] ready for the sodering: and he fastened it with nails, [that] it should not be moved.
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