Job 22:2
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New International Version
"Can a man be of benefit to God? Can even a wise person benefit him?

New Living Translation
"Can a person do anything to help God? Can even a wise person be helpful to him?

English Standard Version
“Can a man be profitable to God? Surely he who is wise is profitable to himself.

New American Standard Bible
"Can a vigorous man be of use to God, Or a wise man be useful to himself?

King James Bible
Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Can a man be of any use to God? Can even a wise man be of use to Him?

International Standard Version
"Can a human being be useful to God, since he, who is wise, is sufficient to himself?

NET Bible
"Is it to God that a strong man is of benefit? Is it to him that even a wise man is profitable?

New Heart English Bible
"Can a man be profitable to God? Surely he who is wise is profitable to himself.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Can a human be of any use to God when even a wise person is only useful to himself?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Can a man be profitable unto God? Or can he that is wise be profitable unto Him?

New American Standard 1977
“Can a vigorous man be of use to God,
            Or a wise man be useful to himself?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Can a man be profitable unto God? For he that is wise is profitable unto himself.

King James 2000 Bible
Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself?

American King James Version
Can a man be profitable to God, as he that is wise may be profitable to himself?

American Standard Version
Can a man be profitable unto God? Surely he that is wise is profitable unto himself.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Can man be compared with God, even though he were of perfect knowledge?

Darby Bible Translation
Can a man be profitable to God? surely it is unto himself that the wise man is profitable.

English Revised Version
Can a man be profitable unto God? surely he that is wise is profitable unto himself.

Webster's Bible Translation
Can a man be profitable to God, as he that is wise may be profitable to himself?

World English Bible
"Can a man be profitable to God? Surely he who is wise is profitable to himself.

Young's Literal Translation
To God is a man profitable, Because a wise man to himself is profitable?
Study Bible
Eliphaz Accuses and Exhorts Job
1Then Eliphaz the Temanite responded, 2"Can a vigorous man be of use to God, Or a wise man be useful to himself? 3"Is there any pleasure to the Almighty if you are righteous, Or profit if you make your ways perfect?…
Cross References
Luke 17:10
So you also, when you have done everything commanded of you, should say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.'"

Acts 17:25
Nor is He served by human hands, as if He needed anything, because He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.

Job 7:17
"What is man that You magnify him, And that You are concerned about him,

Job 22:1
Then Eliphaz the Temanite responded,

Job 22:3
"Is there any pleasure to the Almighty if you are righteous, Or profit if you make your ways perfect?

Job 35:7
"If you are righteous, what do you give to Him, Or what does He receive from your hand?

Proverbs 9:12
If you are wise, you are wise for yourself, And if you scoff, you alone will bear it.
Treasury of Scripture

Can a man be profitable to God, as he that is wise may be profitable to himself?

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Job 35:6-8 If you sin, what do you against him? or if your transgressions be …

Psalm 16:2 O my soul, you have said to the LORD, You are my Lord: my goodness …

Luke 17:10 So likewise you, when you shall have done all those things which …

as he that, etc. or, if he may be profitable, doth his good success depend thereon?

Job 21:15 What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should …

Deuteronomy 10:13 To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command …

Proverbs 3:13-18 Happy is the man that finds wisdom, and the man that gets understanding…

Proverbs 4:7-9 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all …

Proverbs 9:12 If you be wise, you shall be wise for yourself: but if you scorn, …

Ecclesiastes 7:11,12 Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to …

Matthew 5:29 And if your right eye offend you, pluck it out, and cast it from you…

Galatians 6:7,8 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that …

(2) As he that is wise.--It is probably an independent statement: "Surely he that is wise is profitable, &c."

Can a man be profitable unto God?.... Eliphaz imagined that Job thought so, by his insisting so much on his integrity, and complaining of his afflictions; and that God was beholden to him for his holiness and righteousness, and that instead of afflicting him, should have heaped honours and happiness upon him; whereas there is not anything a man can do, or does, by which God can be profiled; which is a very great truth, though misapplied to Job through a wrong construction of his words and meaning. No man, even the best of men, and by the best things they can do, can be profitable to God; as for bad men, they are altogether unprofitable to themselves and to others, and still less profitable to God; and as for good men, their "goodness extendeth not" to the Lord, Psalm 16:2; it comes from him, it is his own previously; it is of no avail and advantage to him, who is perfect and all sufficient; when they have done all that they are commanded, they are bid to say, and very truly, "we are unprofitable servants", Luke 17:10; they do indeed glorify God, and are the means of others glorifying him by their good works; but then they add no glory to him, which he had not before; they only declare the glory of God by the light of their grace and works, as the heavens and luminaries in them do by their light and lustre; they worship God as they ought to do; but then he is not worshipped by them "as though he needed anything" of them, Acts 17:25; it is they, and not he, that get by worship; it is good for them, and they find their account in it, to draw near to him, and wait upon him, and worship him; what are all their prayers and praises to him? the benefit redounds to themselves: some men are very serviceable to promote the interest of religion, either by their purses, or by their gifts and talents, fitting for public usefulness; but then, what do they give to God but what is his own? "of thine own have we given thee", says David, 1 Chronicles 29:14; or what do they do for him? it is for the good of themselves, and others, Romans 11:35. Some are useful in the conversion of men to God, either by the public ministry of the word, or in private life by discourse and conversation; but then the profit of all this is to men, and not unto God; there is nothing that a man can do, by which he can make God his debtor, or lay him under an obligation to him, which he would, if he could be profitable to him; but whatever he does, it is but his duty, and what God has a prior right unto; and therefore men can merit nothing at the hand of God, no, not the least mercy; it is by the grace of God a good man is what he is, and does what he does; the Targum paraphrases it, "can a man teach God?" and so Mr. Broughton; see Job 21:22;

as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself? or "though", or "indeed, truly he that is wise", &c. (h). A man that is worldly wise is profitable to himself and his family, by gathering wealth and riches; and a man that is wise, and has a large understanding of natural things, may be profitable to himself by enriching his mind with knowledge, increasing the pleasure of it, and getting credit and fame among men by it, and may be profitable to others by communicating his knowledge to them, see Proverbs 9:12; and one that is spiritually wise, or has the true grace of God, and wisdom in the hidden part, which is no other than real godliness, gets great gain; for godliness is that to him, and is profitable for all things, having the promise of the present and future life; and he that has an interest in Christ, the Wisdom of God, is a happy man indeed, since he has that, the merchandise of which is better than silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold; one that is wise unto salvation, and is a wise professor of religion, and walks wisely and circumspectly, has great advantages; he builds his salvation on the rock Christ, and is safe and sure; he is concerned to have the oil of grace, with the lamp of a profession, and so is always ready to meet the bridegroom; and being careful of his conversation, keeps his garments that his shame is not seen; and so a wise minister of the word, "one that instructs" (i), or gives instructions to others, as the word here signifies; or one that causes to understand, or is the means of causing men to understand, such a man is profitable to himself and to others, see Daniel 12:3.

(h) "immo", Beza; "profecto", Schultens. (i) 2. as he that is wise—rather, yea the pious man profiteth himself. So "understanding" or "wise"—pious (Da 12:3, 10; Ps 14:2) [Michaelis].22:1-4 Eliphaz considers that, because Job complained so much of his afflictions, he thought God was unjust in afflicting him; but Job was far from thinking so. What Eliphaz says, is unjustly applied to Job, but it is very true, that when God does us good it is not because he is indebted to us. Man's piety is no profit to God, no gain. The gains of religion to men are infinitely greater than the losses of it. God is a Sovereign, who gives no account of his conduct; but he is perfectly wise, just, faithful, good, and merciful. He approves the likeness of his own holiness, and delights in the fruits of his Spirit; he accepts the thankful services of the humble believer, while he rejects the proud claim of the self-confident.
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