New International Version
Yet you ask him, 'What profit is it to me, and what do I gain by not sinning?'
King James Bible
For thou saidst, What advantage will it be unto thee? and, What profit shall I have, if I be cleansed from my sin?
Darby Bible Translation
For thou hast asked of what profit it is unto thee: what do I gain more than if I had sinned?
World English Bible
That you ask, 'What advantage will it be to you? What profit shall I have, more than if I had sinned?'
Young's Literal Translation
For thou sayest, 'What doth it profit Thee! What do I profit from my sin?'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
What advantage will it be unto thee? - As if he had said to God, "My righteousness cannot profit thee, nor do I find that it is of any benefit to myself." Or perhaps Elihu makes here a general assertion, which he afterwards endeavors to exemplify: Thou hast been reasoning how it may profit thee, and thou hast said, "What profit shall I have in righteousness more than in sin?"
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
If I be cleansed from my sin. or, by it more than by my sin
LibraryQuestions which Ought to be Asked
ELIHU PERCEIVED the great ones of the earth oppressing the needy, and he traced their domineering tyranny to their forgetfulness of God: "None saith, Where is God my Maker?" Surely, had they thought of God they could not have acted so unjustly. Worse still, if I understand Elihu aright, he complained that even among the oppressed there was the same departure in heart from the Lord: they cried out by reason of the arm of the mighty, but unhappily they did not cry unto God their Maker, though he waits …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 26: 1880
'Why Should I?'
An Essay on the Mosaic Account of the Creation and Fall of Man
The Advanced Christian Reminded of the Mercies of God, and Exhorted to the Exercise of Habitual Love to Him, and Joy in Him.
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?
Even if I washed myself with soap and my hands with cleansing powder,
you would plunge me into a slime pit so that even my clothes would detest me.
For he says, 'There is no profit in trying to please God.'
"I would like to reply to you and to your friends with you.
Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure and have washed my hands in innocence.
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