Job 14:10

NET ©

But man dies and is powerless; he expires – and where is he?

NIV ©

But man dies and is laid low; he breathes his last and is no more.

NASB ©

"But man dies and lies prostrate. Man expires, and where is he?

NLT ©

"But when people die, they lose all strength. They breathe their last, and then where are they?

MSG ©

But men and women? They die and stay dead. They breathe their last, and that's it.

BBE ©

But man comes to his death and is gone: he gives up his spirit, and where is he?

NRSV ©

But mortals die, and are laid low; humans expire, and where are they?

NKJV ©

But man dies and is laid away; Indeed he breathes his last And where is he?

KJV
But man
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dieth
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and wasteth away
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yea, man
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giveth up the ghost
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and where [is] he? {wasteth...: Heb. is weakened, or, cut off}
HEBREW
wyaw
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Mda
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ewgyw
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slxyw
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twmy
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rbgw (14:10)
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LXXM
anhr
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N-NSM
de
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PRT
teleuthsav
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V-AAPNS
wceto
 
V-IMI-3S
peswn
<4098>  
V-AAPNS
de
<1161>  
PRT
brotov
 
N-NSM
ouketi
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ADV
estin
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V-PAI-3S
NET © [draft] ITL
But man
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dies
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and is powerless
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; he
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expires
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– and where
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is he?
NET © Notes

tn There are two words for “man” in this verse. The first (גֶּבֶר, gever) can indicate a “strong” or “mature man” or “mighty man,” the hero; and the second (אָדָם, ’adam) simply designates the person as mortal.

tn The word חָלַשׁ (khalash) in Aramaic and Syriac means “to be weak” (interestingly, the Syriac OT translated חָלַשׁ [khalash] with “fade away” here). The derived noun “the weak” would be in direct contrast to “the mighty man.” In the transitive sense the verb means “to weaken; to defeat” (Exod 17:13); here it may have the sense of “be lifeless, unconscious, inanimate” (cf. E. Dhorme, Job, 199). Many commentators emend the text to יַחֲלֹף (yakhalof, “passes on; passes away”). A. Guillaume tries to argue that the form is a variant of the other, the letters שׁ (shin) and פ (pe) being interchangeable (“The Use of halas in Exod 17:13, Isa 14:12, and Job 14:10,” JTS 14 [1963]: 91-92). G. R. Driver connected it to Arabic halasa, “carry off suddenly” (“The Resurrection of Marine and Terrestrial Creatures,” JSS 7 [1962]: 12-22). But the basic idea of “be weak, powerless” is satisfactory in the text. H. H. Rowley (Job [NCBC], 105) says, “Where words are so carefully chosen, it is gratuitous to substitute less expressive words as some editors do.”

tn This break to a question adds a startling touch to the whole verse. The obvious meaning is that he is gone. The LXX weakens it: “and is no more.”