Job 35:8
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New International Version
Your wickedness only affects humans like yourself, and your righteousness only other people.

New Living Translation
No, your sins affect only people like yourself, and your good deeds also affect only humans.

English Standard Version
Your wickedness concerns a man like yourself, and your righteousness a son of man.

New American Standard Bible
"Your wickedness is for a man like yourself, And your righteousness is for a son of man.

King James Bible
Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou art; and thy righteousness may profit the son of man.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Your wickedness affects a person like yourself, and your righteousness another human being.

International Standard Version
Your wickedness affects only yourself; and your righteousness, only human beings.

NET Bible
Your wickedness affects only a person like yourself, and your righteousness only other people.

New Heart English Bible
Your wickedness may hurt a man as you are, and your righteousness may profit a son of man.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Your wickedness affects only someone like yourself. Your righteousness affects only the descendants of Adam.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thy wickedness concerneth a man as thou art; And thy righteousness a son of man.

New American Standard 1977
“Your wickedness is for a man like yourself,
            And your righteousness is for a son of man.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thy wickedness shall hurt a man as thou art; and thy righteousness shall profit the son of man.

King James 2000 Bible
Your wickedness may hurt a man as you are; and your righteousness may profit the son of man.

American King James Version
Your wickedness may hurt a man as you are; and your righteousness may profit the son of man.

American Standard Version
Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou art; And thy righteousness may profit a son of man.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thy wickedness may hurt a man that is like thee : and thy justice may help the son of man.

Darby Bible Translation
Thy wickedness [may affect] a man as thou [art], and thy righteousness a son of man.

English Revised Version
Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou art; and thy righteousness may profit a son of man.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou art: and thy righteousness may profit the son of man.

World English Bible
Your wickedness may hurt a man as you are, and your righteousness may profit a son of man.

Young's Literal Translation
For a man like thyself is thy wickedness, And for a son of man thy righteousness.
Study Bible
Elihu Reminds Job of God's Justice
7"If you are righteous, what do you give to Him, Or what does He receive from your hand? 8"Your wickedness is for a man like yourself, And your righteousness is for a son of man. 9"Because of the multitude of oppressions they cry out; They cry for help because of the arm of the mighty.…
Cross References
Job 35:7
"If you are righteous, what do you give to Him, Or what does He receive from your hand?

Job 35:9
"Because of the multitude of oppressions they cry out; They cry for help because of the arm of the mighty.
Treasury of Scripture

Your wickedness may hurt a man as you are; and your righteousness may profit the son of man.

may hurt

Joshua 7:1-5 But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: …

Joshua 22:20 Did not Achan the son of Zerah commit a trespass in the accursed …

Ecclesiastes 9:18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroys much good.

Jonah 1:12 And he said to them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; …

may profit

Job 42:8 Therefore take to you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to …

Genesis 12:2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and …

Genesis 18:24 Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city…

Genesis 19:29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, …

Psalm 106:23,30 Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen …

Ezekiel 22:30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, …

Acts 27:24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar: and, see, …

Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved …

Verse 8. - Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou art; and thy righteousness may profit the son (rather, a son) of man. Job must not think, Elihu means, that, because his good actions benefit and his bad actions injure his fellow men, therefore they must also in the one case injure and in the other benefit God. The cases are not parallel. God is too remote, too powerful, too great, to be touched by his actions. Job has done wrong, therefore, to expect that God would necessarily reward his righteousness by prosper us, happy life, and worse to complain because his expectations have been disappointed. It is of his mere spontaneous goodness and bounty that God rewards the godly. Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou art,.... But not God: a man may hurt himself by his wickedness; his body, by bringing various diseases upon it, through debauchery and intemperance; his family and estate, by wasting it; his soul, for every sin is a wrong and injury to a man's soul, and exposes it to ruin and destruction: and sin does even a good man harm, since it breaks in upon his peace, and hinders his communion with God; and the wickedness of men may harm others like themselves, frail, mortal, sinful creatures, and easily led aside by ill examples; as well as there are many sins which do injury to the persons, families, and estates of others, as murder, adultery, theft, &c. and since sin is harmful to others, God resents it, and punishes for it, though, strictly speaking, it cannot harm him in the sense before given;

and thy righteousness may profit the son of man; may profit a man himself (, Job 35:3), and others, but neither for justification before God; but godliness is profitable to a man's self, both for this life and that to come, and good works are profitable to other men; for what reasons they are to be performed and maintained, see 1 Timothy 4:8. Some are of real and direct profit to men, as acts of beneficence to them, and all as being examples to them; but then no works of righteousness can be profitable to God, they adding nothing to him; which is what Elihu undertook to answer to. 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.
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