|New International Version (© 2011)|
"Can a man be of benefit to God? Can even a wise person benefit him?
King James Bible
Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself?
American Standard Version
Can a man be profitable unto God? Surely he that is wise is profitable unto himself.
Young's Literal Translation
To God is a man profitable, Because a wise man to himself is profitable?
Job 22:2 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Can a man be profitable unto God - God does not afflict thee because thou hast deprived him of any excellency. A man may be profitable to a man, but no man can profit his Maker. He has no interest in thy conduct; he does not punish thee because thou hast offended and deprived him of some good. Thy iniquities are against justice, and justice requires thy punishment.
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Job 35:6-8 If you sin, what do you against him? or if your transgressions be multiplied, what do you to him...
Psalm 16:2 O my soul, you have said to the LORD, You are my Lord: my goodness extends not to you;
Luke 17:10 So likewise you, when you shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants...
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 we have, if we pray to him?
Deuteronomy 10:13 To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command you this day for your good?
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 your getting get understanding...
Proverbs 9:12 If you be wise, you shall be wise for yourself: but if you scorn, you alone shall bear it.
Ecclesiastes 7:11,12 Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun...
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 shall he also reap...
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Luke 17:10 So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.'"
Acts 17:25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.
Job 7:17 "What is mankind that you make so much of them, that you give them so much attention,
Job 22:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:
Job 22:3 What pleasure would it give the Almighty if you were righteous? What would he gain if your ways were blameless?
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, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.