Can a vigorous man be of use to God,
Or a wise man be useful to himself?
3Is there any pleasure to the Almighty if you are righteous,
Or profit if you make your ways perfect?
4Is it because of your reverence that He reproves you,
That He enters into judgment against you?
5Is not your wickedness great,
And your iniquities without end?
6For you have taken pledges of your brothers without cause,
And stripped men naked.
7To the weary you have given no water to drink,
And from the hungry you have withheld bread.
8But the earth belongs to the mighty man,
And the honorable man dwells in it.
9You have sent widows away empty,
And the strength of the orphans has been crushed.
10Therefore snares surround you,
And sudden dread terrifies you,
11Or darkness, so that you cannot see,
And an abundance of water covers you.
12Is not God in the height of heaven?
Look also at the distant stars, how high they are!
13You say, What does God know?
Can He judge through the thick darkness?
14Clouds are a hiding place for Him, so that He cannot see;
And He walks on the vault of heaven.
15Will you keep to the ancient path
Which wicked men have trod,
16Who were snatched away before their time,
Whose foundations were washed away by a river?
17They said to God, Depart from us!
And What can the Almighty do to them?
18Yet He filled their houses with good things;
But the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
19The righteous see and are glad,
And the innocent mock them,
20Saying, Truly our adversaries are cut off,
And their abundance the fire has consumed.
21Yield now and be at peace with Him;
Thereby good will come to you.
22Please receive instruction from His mouth
And establish His words in your heart.
23If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored;
If you remove unrighteousness far from your tent,
24And place your gold in the dust,
And the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks,
25Then the Almighty will be your gold
And choice silver to you.
26For then you will delight in the Almighty
And lift up your face to God.
27You will pray to Him, and He will hear you;
And you will pay your vows.
28You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you;
And light will shine on your ways.
29When you are cast down, you will speak with confidence,
And the humble person He will save.
30He will deliver one who is not innocent,
And he will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
Can a man be profitable unto God? Surely he that is wise is profitable unto himself.
Can man be compared with God, even though he were of perfect knowledge?
Darby Bible Translation
Can a man be profitable to �God? surely it is unto himself that the wise man is profitable.
English Revised Version
Can a man be profitable unto God? surely he that is wise is profitable unto himself.
Webster's Bible Translation
Can a man be profitable to God, as he that is wise may be profitable to himself?
World English Bible
"Can a man be profitable to God? Surely he who is wise is profitable to himself.
Young's Literal Translation
To God is a man profitable, Because a wise man to himself is profitable?
LibraryDecember 29 Morning
Understanding what the will of the Lord is.--EPH. 5:17. This is the will of God, even your sanctification.--Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.--This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.--We know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal …
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path
Knowledge and Peace
'Acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.'--JOB xxii. 21. In the sense in which the speaker meant them, these words are not true. They mean little more than 'It pays to be religious.' What kind of notion of acquaintance with God Eliphaz may have had, one scarcely knows, but at any rate, the whole meaning of the text on his lips is poor and selfish. The peace promised is evidently only outward tranquillity and freedom from trouble, and the good that is to …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
What Life May be Made
'For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God. 27. Thou shalt make thy prayer unto Him, and He shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows. 28. Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways. 29. When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, ... lifting up; and He shall save the humble person.'--JOB xxii. 26-29. These words are a fragment of one of the speeches of Job's friends, in which …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Whether all Things are under Divine Providence
Whether All Things are under Divine Providence We proceed to the second article thus: 1. It seems that not all things are under divine providence. For nothing that is ordained happens contingently, and if all things were provided by God, nothing would happen contingently. There would then be no such thing as chance or fortune. But this is contrary to common opinion. 2. Again, every wise provider, so far as he is able, preserves those in his care from defect and from evil. But we see many evils in …
Aquinas—Nature and Grace
Whether God is Everywhere by Essence, Presence and Power?
Objection 1: It seems that the mode of God's existence in all things is not properly described by way of essence, presence and power. For what is by essence in anything, is in it essentially. But God is not essentially in things; for He does not belong to the essence of anything. Therefore it ought not to be said that God is in things by essence, presence and power. Objection 2: Further, to be present in anything means not to be absent from it. Now this is the meaning of God being in things by His …
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica
Whether Everything is Subject to the Providence of God?
Objection 1: It seems that everything is not subject to divine providence. For nothing foreseen can happen by chance. If then everything was foreseen by God, nothing would happen by chance. And thus hazard and luck would disappear; which is against common opinion. Objection 2: Further, a wise provider excludes any defect or evil, as far as he can, from those over whom he has a care. But we see many evils existing. Either, then, God cannot hinder these, and thus is not omnipotent; or else He does …
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica
The Doctrine of God
I. THE EXISTENCE OF GOD: (Vs. Atheism). 1. ASSUMED BY THE SCRIPTURES. 2. PROOFS OF THE EXISTENCE OF GOD. a) Universal belief in the Existence of God. b) Cosmological:--Argument from Cause. c) Teleological:--Argument from Design. d) Ontological:--Argument from Being. e) Anthropological:--Moral Argument. f) Argument from Congruity. g) Argument from Scripture. II. THE NATURE OF GOD: (Vs. Agnosticism) 1. THE SPIRITUALITY OF GOD: (Vs. Materialism). 2. THE PERSONALITY OF GOD: (Vs. Pantheism). 3. THE UNITY …
Rev. William Evans—The Great Doctrines of the Bible
The Case of the Christian under the Hiding of God's Face.
1. The phrase scriptural.--2. It signifies the withdrawing the tokens of the divine favor.--3 chiefly as to spiritual considerations.--4. This may become the case of any Christian.--5. and will be found a very sorrowful one.--6. The following directions, therefore, are given to those who suppose it to be their own: To inquire whether it be indeed a case of spiritual distress, or whether a disconsolate frame may not proceed from indisposition of body,--7. or difficulties as to worldly circumstances.--8, …
Philip Doddridge—The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul
Bands of Love; Or, Union to Christ. "I Drew them with Cords of a Man, with Bands of Love: and I was to them as they that Take Off the Yoke on their Jaws, and I Laid Meat unto Them. " --Hosea xi. 4.
BANDS OF LOVE; OR, UNION TO CHRIST. SYSTEMATIC theologians have usually regarded union to Christ under three aspects, natural, mystical and federal, and it may be that these three terms are comprehensive enough to embrace the whole subject, but as our aim is simplicity, let us be pardoned if we appear diffuse when we follow a less concise method. 1. The saints were from the beginning joined to Christ by bands of everlasting love. Before He took on Him their nature, or brought them into a conscious …
Charles Hadden Spurgeon—Till He Come
A Holy Life the Beauty of Christianity: Or, an Exhortation to Christians to be Holy. By John Bunyan.
Holiness becometh thine house, O Lord, for ever.'--[Psalm 93:5] London, by B. W., for Benj. Alsop, at the Angel and Bible, in the Poultrey. 1684. THE EDITOR'S ADVERTISEMENT. This is the most searching treatise that has ever fallen under our notice. It is an invaluable guide to those sincere Christians, who, under a sense of the infinite importance of the salvation of an immortal soul, and of the deceitfulness of their hearts, sigh and cry, "O Lord of hosts, that judgest righteously, that triest …
John Bunyan—The Works of John Bunyan Volumes 1-3
Days of Preparation
After his baptism, Paul broke his fast and remained "certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God." Boldly he declared Jesus of Nazareth to be the long-looked-for Messiah, who "died for our sins according to the Scriptures; . . . was buried, and . . . rose again the third day," after which He was seen by the Twelve and by others. "And last of all," Paul added, "He was seen of me also, as of one born out of …
Ellen Gould White—The Acts of the Apostles
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