Job 35:6
Parallel Verses
New International Version
If you sin, how does that affect him? If your sins are many, what does that do to him?

New Living Translation
If you sin, how does that affect God? Even if you sin again and again, what effect will it have on him?

English Standard Version
If you have sinned, what do you accomplish against him? And if your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to him?

New American Standard Bible
"If you have sinned, what do you accomplish against Him? And if your transgressions are many, what do you do to Him?

King James Bible
If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him? or if thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto him?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If you sin, how does it affect God? If you multiply your transgressions, what does it do to Him?

International Standard Version
If you sin, what will that do to harm him? If you add transgression to transgression what will it do to him?

NET Bible
If you sin, how does it affect God? If your transgressions are many, what does it do to him?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If you've sinned, what effect can you have on God? If you've done many wrongs, what can you do to him?

Jubilee Bible 2000
If thou dost sin, what hast thou done against him? Or if thy rebellion is multiplied, what doest thou unto him?

King James 2000 Bible
If you sin, what do you accomplish against him? or if your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do unto him?

American King James Version
If you sin, what do you against him? or if your transgressions be multiplied, what do you to him?

American Standard Version
If thou hast sinned, what effectest thou against him? And if thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto him?

Douay-Rheims Bible
If thou sin, what shalt thou hurt him? and if thy iniquities be multiplied, what shalt thou do against him?

Darby Bible Translation
If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him? If thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto him?

English Revised Version
If thou hast sinned, what doest thou against him? and if thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto him.

Webster's Bible Translation
If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him? or if thy transgressions are multiplied, what doest thou to him?

World English Bible
If you have sinned, what effect do you have against him? If your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to him?

Young's Literal Translation
If thou hast sinned, what dost thou against Him? And thy transgressions have been multiplied, What dost thou to Him?
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

35:1-8 Elihu reproves Job for justifying himself more than God, and called his attention to the heavens. They are far above us, and God is far above them; how much then is he out of the reach, either of our sins or of our services! We have no reason to complain if we have not what we expect, but should be thankful that we have better than we deserve.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him? Man's sins against God cannot injure him, diminish from his power, or lower his dignity. They can only injure the sinner himself. God does not punish them because they harm him, but because they are discords in the harmony of his moral universe. Or even if thy transgressions be multiplied; i.e. if thou persistest in a long course of sin, and addest "rebellion" to transgression, and self-complacency to rebellion, and "multipliest thy words against God" (Job 34:37) - even then, what doest thou unto him?.. what hurt dost thou inflict upon him? None.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

If thou sinnest, what dost thou against him?.... Sin is expressly said to be against God, Psalm 51:4; it is contrary to his nature, as any opposites can be to each other: it is against his law, a breach and violation of it; and so against his supreme legislative power and authority, and a contempt of it; it is what he is angry with and is provoked by, being what he hates and abhors, and is abominable in his sight. But then he cannot be supposed to be so affected with it to be ruffled and discomposed, or his peace be disturbed, and his happiness in the least broke in upon; for affections are only attributed to him after the manner of men; much less is he so affected hereby as to be hurt or in danger of being destroyed, nor even of being dethroned: men can no more reach him by any hostile action of theirs, such as sin is, than they can reach the sun and stop its course, lessen its light or pluck it from its orbit. Or, "what canst thou work for him?" as Mr. Broughton; by way of atonement or satisfaction for sin? Nothing at all; see Job 7:20; but the other sense is best;

or if thy transgressions be multiplied, what dost thou unto him? As he is not hurt by a slight single sin, a failing or infirmity, an error or mistake, common to men, as the preceding word may signify; so not by greater sins, presumptuous ones, gross enormities, rebellions against God, overt acts of treason against the Almighty, and these multiplied and heaped up even unto heaven; for though by these the name of God is profaned and blasphemed, and he is dishonoured and despised, and his manifestative glory is eclipsed, or he has not the honour given him that is due unto him; yet his essential glory is untarnished, unsullied, and unhurt, no more than the sun by an eclipse; he is the same without any variableness or shadow of turning, as well as is over all blessed for ever. And, indeed, his manifestative glory in many instances receives a lustre, through his power, wisdom, and goodness, overruling the sins of men for the display of it; as the fall of the first Adam made way for the sending of Christ the Saviour, in which God has shown forth the exceeding riches of his grace; and as his mercy and grace are displayed in the pardon of sin, and his power and justice in the punishment of sin and sinners; and his patience and longsuffering in bearing with them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. what doest—how canst thou affect Him?

unto him—that can hurt Him? (Jer 7:19; Pr 8:36).

Job 35:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Elihu Reminds Job of God's Justice
5"Look at the heavens and see; And behold the clouds-- they are higher than you. 6"If you have sinned, what do you accomplish against Him? And if your transgressions are many, what do you do to Him? 7"If you are righteous, what do you give to Him, Or what does He receive from your hand?…
Cross References
Job 7:20
If I have sinned, what have I done to you, you who see everything we do? Why have you made me your target? Have I become a burden to you?

Proverbs 8:36
But those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death."

Jeremiah 7:19
But am I the one they are provoking? declares the LORD. Are they not rather harming themselves, to their own shame?
Treasury of Scripture

If you sin, what do you against him? or if your transgressions be multiplied, what do you to him?

Proverbs 8:36 But he that sins against me wrongs his own soul: all they that hate …

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

Jeremiah 7:19 Do they provoke me to anger? said the LORD: do they not provoke themselves …

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