Job 22:2
New International Version
“Can a man be of benefit to God? Can even a wise person benefit him?

New Living Translation
“Can a person do anything to help God? Can even a wise person be helpful to him?

English Standard Version
“Can a man be profitable to God? Surely he who is wise is profitable to himself.

Berean Study Bible
“Can a man be of use to God? Can even a wise man benefit Him?

King James Bible
Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself?

New King James Version
“Can a man be profitable to God, Though he who is wise may be profitable to himself?

New American Standard Bible
“Can a strong man be of use to God, Or a wise one be useful to himself?

NASB 1995
“Can a vigorous man be of use to God, Or a wise man be useful to himself?

NASB 1977
“Can a vigorous man be of use to God, Or a wise man be useful to himself?

Amplified Bible
“Can a vigorous man be of use to God, Or a wise man be useful to himself?

Christian Standard Bible
Can a man be of any use to God? Can even a wise man be of use to him?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Can a man be of any use to God? Can even a wise man be of use to Him?

American Standard Version
Can a man be profitable unto God? Surely he that is wise is profitable unto himself.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Do you, a man, speak with God , that you are equal with him in wisdom?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Is it not the Lord that teaches understanding and knowledge?

Contemporary English Version
What use are we humans to God, even the wisest of us?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Can man be compared with God, even though he were of perfect knowledge?

English Revised Version
Can a man be profitable unto God? surely he that is wise is profitable unto himself.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Can a human be of any use to God when even a wise person is only useful to himself?

International Standard Version
"Can a human being be useful to God, since he, who is wise, is sufficient to himself?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Can a man be profitable unto God? Or can he that is wise be profitable unto Him?

Literal Standard Version
“Is a man profitable to God, Because a wise man is profitable to himself?

NET Bible
"Is it to God that a strong man is of benefit? Is it to him that even a wise man is profitable?

New Heart English Bible
"Can a man be profitable to God? Surely he who is wise is 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?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Eliphaz Exhorts Job
1Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied: 2“Can a man be of use to God? Can even a wise man benefit Him? 3Does it delight the Almighty that you are righteous? Does He profit if your ways are blameless?…

Cross References
Luke 17:10
So you also, when you have done everything commanded of you, should say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.'"

Acts 17:25
Nor is He served by human hands, as if He needed anything, because He Himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.

Job 7:17
What is man that You should exalt him, that You should set Your heart upon him,

Job 22:1
Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:

Job 22:3
Does it delight the Almighty that you are righteous? Does He profit if your ways are blameless?

Job 35:7
If you are righteous, what do you give Him, or what does He receive from your hand?

Proverbs 9:12
If you are wise, you are wise to your own advantage; but if you scoff, you alone will bear the consequences.


Treasury of Scripture

Can a man be profitable to God, as he that is wise may be profitable to himself?

a man

Job 35:6-8
If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him? or if thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto him? …

Psalm 16:2
O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;

Luke 17:10
So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

as he that, etc.

Job 21:15
What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?

Deuteronomy 10:13
To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?

Proverbs 3:13-18
Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding…









(2) As he that is wise.--It is probably an independent statement: "Surely he that is wise is profitable, &c."



Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
“Can a man
גָּ֑בֶר (gā·ḇer)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1397: A valiant man, warrior, a person simply

be of use
יִסְכָּן־ (yis·kān-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5532: To be familiar with, to minister to, be serviceable to, be customary

to God?
הַלְאֵ֥ל (hal·’êl)
Article, Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 410: Strength -- as adjective, mighty, the Almighty

Can even
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

a wise man
מַשְׂכִּֽיל׃ (maś·kîl)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 7919: To be, circumspect, intelligent

benefit
יִסְכֹּ֖ן (yis·kōn)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5532: To be familiar with, to minister to, be serviceable to, be customary

Him?
עָלֵ֣ימוֹ (‘ā·lê·mōw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against


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