Romans 11:35
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New International Version
"Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?"

New Living Translation
And who has given him so much that he needs to pay it back?

English Standard Version
“Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?”

New American Standard Bible
Or WHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM THAT IT MIGHT BE PAID BACK TO HIM AGAIN?

King James Bible
Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Or who has ever first given to Him, and has to be repaid?

International Standard Version
Or who has given him something only to have him pay it back?"

NET Bible
Or who has first given to God, that God needs to repay him?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And who has first given to him and then has received from him?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Who gave the Lord something which the Lord must pay back?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Or who has first given unto him, that it be recompensed unto him again?

King James 2000 Bible
Or who has first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?

American King James Version
Or who has first given to him, and it shall be recompensed to him again?

American Standard Version
or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Or who hath first given to him, and recompense shall be made him?

Darby Bible Translation
or who has first given to him, and it shall be rendered to him?

English Revised Version
or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?

Webster's Bible Translation
Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed to him again?

Weymouth New Testament
"Who has first given God anything, so as to receive payment in return?"

World English Bible
"Or who has first given to him, and it will be repaid to him again?"

Young's Literal Translation
or who did first give to Him, and it shall be given back to him again?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

11:33-36 The apostle Paul knew the mysteries of the kingdom of God as well as ever any man; yet he confesses himself at a loss; and despairing to find the bottom, he humbly sits down at the brink, and adores the depth. Those who know most in this imperfect state, feel their own weakness most. There is not only depth in the Divine counsels, but riches; abundance of that which is precious and valuable. The Divine counsels are complete; they have not only depth and height, but breadth and length, Eph 3:18, and that passing knowledge. There is that vast distance and disproportion between God and man, between the Creator and the creature, which for ever shuts us from knowledge of his ways. What man shall teach God how to govern the world? The apostle adores the sovereignty of the Divine counsels. All things in heaven and earth, especially those which relate to our salvation, that belong to our peace, are all of him by way of creation, through him by way of providence, that they may be to him in their end. Of God, as the Spring and Fountain of all; through Christ, to God, as the end. These include all God's relations to his creatures; if all are of Him, and through Him, all should be to Him, and for Him. Whatever begins, let God's glory be the end: especially let us adore him when we talk of the Divine counsels and actings. The saints in heaven never dispute, but always praise.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Or who hath first given to him,.... See Job 41:11; no man can give God anything, which he has not first given him, or which he has not a prior right to, or a claim upon him for; Adam, in innocence, was not able to give God anything, nor are the angels in heaven, much less sinful men on earth; their bodies and souls, and all their enjoyments, all that is good in them, or done by them, are from the Lord; men by all their good works, best duties and services, give nothing to God, nor lay him under any manner of obligation to them: hence no man can merit anything at the hands of God, if he could,

it shall be recompensed to him again; but it is impossible there should be merit in a creature, who has nothing but what he has from God, and does nothing but what he is obliged to do; and that not by his own strength, but by the grace and strength of God; and therefore there is no retribution made by God as of debt, but of grace: hence it follows, that God is indebted to, and obliged by none, and may do what he will with his own; love Jacob and hate Esau; choose one and not another; reject the Jews, and call the Gentiles; save and justify some, and not others; none can call him to account, or say unto him, what dost thou?

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

35. Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed to him—"and shall have recompense made to him"

again—see Job 35:7; 41:11. These questions, it will thus be seen, are just quotations from the Old Testament, as if to show how familiar to God's ancient people was the great truth which the apostle himself had just uttered, that God's plans and methods in the dispensation of His Grace have a reach of comprehension and wisdom stamped upon them which finite mortals cannot fathom, much less could ever have imagined, before they were disclosed.

Romans 11:35 Additional Commentaries
Context
Doxology
34For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, OR WHO BECAME HIS COUNSELOR? 35Or WHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM THAT IT MIGHT BE PAID BACK TO HIM AGAIN? 36For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.
Cross References
Job 35:7
If you are righteous, what do you give to him, or what does he receive from your hand?

Job 41:11
Who has a claim against me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to me.
Treasury of Scripture

Or who has first given to him, and it shall be recompensed to him again?

Job 35:7 If you be righteous, what give you him? or what receives he of your hand?

Job 41:11 Who has prevented me, that I should repay him? whatever is under …

Matthew 20:15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with my own? Is your eye …

1 Corinthians 4:7 For who makes you to differ from another? and what have you that …

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