Job 34:9
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New International Version
For he says, 'There is no profit in trying to please God.'

New Living Translation
He has even said, 'Why waste time trying to please God?'

English Standard Version
For he has said, ‘It profits a man nothing that he should take delight in God.’

New American Standard Bible
"For he has said, 'It profits a man nothing When he is pleased with God.'

King James Bible
For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For he has said, "A man gains nothing when he becomes God's friend."

International Standard Version
Because he says, 'There's no profit for a man to find joy with God.'"

NET Bible
For he says, 'It does not profit a man when he makes his delight with God.'

New Heart English Bible
For he has said, 'It profits a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He says, 'It doesn't do any good to try to please God.'

JPS Tanakh 1917
For he hath said: 'It profiteth a man nothing That he should be in accord with God.'

New American Standard 1977
“For he has said, ‘It profits a man nothing
            When he is pleased with God.’

Jubilee Bible 2000
For he said, It shall profit a man nothing that he should conform his will with God.

King James 2000 Bible
For he has said, It profits a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.

American King James Version
For he has said, It profits a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.

American Standard Version
For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing That he should delight himself with God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For he hath said : Man shall not please God, although he run with him.

Darby Bible Translation
For he hath said, It profiteth not a man if he delight himself in God.

English Revised Version
For he hath said, it profiteth a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.

Webster's Bible Translation
For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.

World English Bible
For he has said, 'It profits a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.'

Young's Literal Translation
For he hath said, 'It doth not profit a man, When he delighteth himself with God.'
Study Bible
Elihu Confirms God's Justice
8Who goes in company with the workers of iniquity, And walks with wicked men? 9"For he has said, It profits a man nothing When he is pleased with God.' 10"Therefore, listen to me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God to do wickedness, And from the Almighty to do wrong.…
Cross References
Job 21:15
'Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him, And what would we gain if we entreat Him?'

Job 35:3
"For you say, 'What advantage will it be to You? What profit will I have, more than if I had sinned?'

Psalm 50:18
"When you see a thief, you are pleased with him, And you associate with adulterers.

Psalm 73:13
Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure And washed my hands in innocence;
Treasury of Scripture

For he has said, It profits a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.

It

Job 9:22,23,30,31 This is one thing, therefore I said it, He destroys the perfect and …

Job 21:14-16,30 Therefore they say to God, Depart from us; for we desire not the …

Job 22:17 Which said to God, Depart from us: and what can the Almighty do for them?

Job 35:3 For you said, What advantage will it be to you? and, What profit …

Malachi 3:14 You have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that …

delight

Job 27:10 Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call on God?

Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself also in the LORD: and he shall give you the desires …

(9) It profiteth a man nothing.--Comp. what Job had said (Job 9:20-22; Job 9:30-31; Job 10:6-7; Job 10:14-15). Eliphaz had virtually said the same thing, though the form in which he cast it was the converse of this (see Job 22:3), for he had represented it as a matter of indifference to God whether man was righteous or not, which was, of course, to sap the foundations of all morality; for if God cares not whether man is righteous or not, it certainly cannot profit man to be righteous. On the other hand, Eliphaz had in form uttered the opposite doctrine (Job 22:21).

Verse 9. - For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing that he should delight himself with God. Again it must be remarked that Job had not said this. The nearest approach to it is to be found in Job 9:22, where this passage occurs: "It is all one; therefore I say, He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked" (Revised Version). Elsewhere Job speaks, not generally, but of his own individual case, remarking that his righteousness has not saved him from calamity (Job 9:17, 18; Job 10:15; Job 17:9-17, etc.). And the fact is one that causes him the deepest perplexity. For he hath said,.... Not plainly and expressly, but consequentially; what it was thought might be inferred from what he had said, particularly in Job 9:22;

it profiteth a man nothing that he should delight himself with God; in his house and ordinances, ways and worship; he may as well indulge himself in the pleasures of sin, and in the delights of the world, if God destroys the perfect and the wicked, as Job had said in the place referred to; if this be the case, it is in vain to serve God, and pray unto him, or keep his ordinances; which are the language and sentiments of wicked men, and according to which they act, see Job 21:14, Malachi 3:14. Mr. Broughton renders it,

"when he would walk with God;''

and so the Targum,

"in his walking with God;''

and another Targum,

"in his running with God:''

though he walks and even runs in the way of his commandments, yet it is of no advantage to him; or he does the will of God, as Aben Ezra; or seeks to please him or be acceptable to him, and to find grace in his sight. Whereas though love and hatred are not known by prosperity and adversity, but both come to good and bad men, which seems to be Job's meaning in the above place, from whence this inference is deduced; yet it is certain that godliness is profitable to all, 1 Timothy 4:8. 9. with God—in intimacy (Ps 50:18, Margin).34:1-9 Elihu calls upon those present to decide with him upon Job's words. The plainest Christian, whose mind is enlightened, whose heart is sanctified by the Spirit of God, and who is versed in the Scriptures, can say how far matters, words, or actions, agree with true religion, better than any that lean to their own understandings. Job had spoken as if he meant wholly to justify himself. He that say, I have cleansed my hands in vain, does not only offend against God's children, Ps 73:13-15, but gratifies his enemies, and says as they say.
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