Job 35:3
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New International Version
Yet you ask him, 'What profit is it to me, and what do I gain by not sinning?'

New Living Translation
For you also ask, 'What's in it for me? What's the use of living a righteous life?'

English Standard Version
that you ask, ‘What advantage have I? How am I better off than if I had sinned?’

Berean Study Bible
For you ask, ‘What does it profit me, and what benefit do I gain apart from sin?’

New American Standard Bible
"For you say, 'What advantage will it be to You? What profit will I have, more than if I had sinned?'

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?

Christian Standard Bible
For you ask, "What does it profit you, and what benefit comes to me, if I do not sin?"

Contemporary English Version
Don't you honestly believe it pays to obey him?

Good News Translation
or to ask God, "How does my sin affect you? What have I gained by not sinning?"

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For you ask, "What does it profit You, and what benefit comes to me, if I do not sin?"

International Standard Version
After all, you've asked what your benefit will be: 'What will I profit from refraining from sin?'

NET Bible
But you say, 'What will it profit you,' and, 'What do I gain by not sinning?'

New Heart English Bible
That you ask, 'What advantage will it be to you? What profit shall I have, more than if I had sinned?'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
when you ask, 'What benefit is it to you?' and, 'What would I gain by sinning?'

JPS Tanakh 1917
That thou inquirest: 'What advantage will it be unto Thee?' And: 'What profit shall I have, more than if I had sinned?'

New American Standard 1977
“For you say, ‘What advantage will it be to You? What profit shall I have, more than if I had sinned?’

Jubilee Bible 2000
For thou didst say, What advantage will it be unto thee? And, What profit shall I have, if I am cleansed from my sin?

King James 2000 Bible
For you said, What advantage will it be unto you? and, What profit shall I have, if I be cleansed from my sin?

American King James Version
For you said, What advantage will it be to you? and, What profit shall I have, if I be cleansed from my sin?

American Standard Version
That thou sayest, What advantage will it be unto thee? And , What profit shall I have, more than if I had sinned?

Douay-Rheims Bible
For thou saidst : That which is right doth not please thee : or what will it profit thee if I 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?

English Revised Version
That thou sayest, What advantage will it be unto thee? and, What profit shall I have, more than if I had sinned?

Webster's Bible Translation
For thou saidst, What advantage will it be to thee? and, What profit shall I have, if I be cleansed from my sin?

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?'
Study Bible
Elihu Reminds Job of God's Justice
2“Do you think it is just when you say, ‘I am righteous before God.’? 3For you ask, ‘What does it profit You, and what benefit do I gain apart from sin?” 4I will answer you and your friends with you.…
Cross References
Job 7:20
If I have sinned, what have I done to You, O Watcher of mankind? Why have You made me Your target, so that I am a burden to You?

Job 9:30
If I should wash myself with snow and cleanse my hands with lye,

Job 9:31
then You would plunge me into the pit, and even my own clothes would despise me!

Job 34:9
For he has said, 'It profits a man nothing that he should delight in God.'

Job 35:4
I will answer you and your friends with you.

Psalm 73:13
Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure; in innocence I have washed my hands.

Treasury of Scripture

For you said, What advantage will it be to you? and, What profit shall I have, if I be cleansed from my sin?

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Job 34:9 For he has said, It profits a man nothing that he should delight …

Psalm 73:13 Truly I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocence.

Malachi 3:14 You have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that …

If I be cleansed from my sin. or, by it more than by my sin







Verse 3. - For thou saidst What advantage will it be unto thee? i.e. What advantage will thy righteousness be unto thee? Job had certainly argued that his righteousness brought him no temporal advantage; but he had always a conviction that he would ultimately be the better for it. Elihu, however, does not acknowledge this; and, assuming that Job expects to receive no advantage at all from his integrity, argues that God is not bound to afford him any. And, What profit shall I have, if I be cleansed from my sin? rather, And what profit shall f have, more than if I had sinned? (see the Revised Version, and compare the comments of Rosenmuller and Canon Cook). For thou saidst, what advantage will it be unto thee?.... Meaning that his righteousness, his holy life and conversation, were of no avail to him: he received no more benefit by being righteous than if he was wicked, since God destroyed one as well as another; and since his righteousness did not secure him from afflictions and calamities, it was of no advantage to him; he had not said so in so many words, but it is inferred from what he had said, Job 9:22. Man's own righteousness is of no advantage to him as to justification before God, and acceptance with him, nor in the business of salvation, or with respect to heaven and happiness, so as to give a right and title to it; bat is of great advantage in other respects; is for self-defence against the imputations and calumnies of wicked men; it makes a man honourable and respectable among men, when to live a vicious course of life is scandalous and reproachful; it gives pleasure and satisfaction to the mind, the testimony of a good conscience is matter of rejoicing; and such a man is free from the racks and tortures of an evil conscience others are distressed with; besides, good works are an evidence of the truth and genuineness of faith to others, and ornament the doctrines of the Gospel and a profession of them: and though a righteous man may be afflicted as others, yet in a different manner, in love and not in wrath, and always for his good;

and, what profit shall one have, if I be cleansed from my sin? The words, "if I be cleansed", are a supplement, and seem necessary; so Mr. Broughton supplies. Sin is of a defiling nature, yet man may be cleansed from it, not by anything he can do, but only by the grace of. God and blood of Christ; and from such a cleansing profit arises. This fits a man for the service and worship of God, and for communion with him; gives him peace of mind, and makes him meet for heaven. This Job had not expressly said, and not at all in this sense, but it seems to be inferred from Job 9:29; where he is speaking of outward purity of life, and yet was plunged into the ditch of afflictions. Some render the words to this sense, as if there was no profit "by expiation of atonement for sin" (u); the same word signifying both sin and atonement for it: there is none but by the blood and sacrifice of Christ, and much profit arises from that; pardon of sin proceeds upon it, and this furnishes out much solid peace, joy, and comfort, Romans 5:10. Others, what profit by punishment for sin (w), unless to God? so sin is sometimes put for punishment; or through leaving sin and repenting of it (x). Now though these are not the causes of the pardon of sin, yet it is given and applied to such who do repent of it, confess and forsake it, Proverbs 28:13. Or by being "without sin" (y): no man is without sin; but a man may be without any gross and enormous crime he is chargeable with, or without living a vicious course of life; and this is profitable, as has been before observed. Jarchi's paraphrase is,

"what shall I profit more by my righteousness than by my sin?''

which sense is followed by others: I may as well be wicked as righteous; I am not the better for it, since I am afflicted in the manner I:am: my righteousness is of no profit to me; if to any, it is to God. To this Elihu returns an answer in the following verses.

(u) "de expiatione mea", Mercerus, &c. "in expiando peccatum", Grotius; "pro piaculo venit", Cocceius; so Simeon Bar Tzemach in loc. (w) "Supplicio meo", Junius & Tremellius; "mucta pro illo aut poena", Cocceius; "ex poena peccati mei", Drusius; so Ben Gersom. (x) "Subaudi relicto", so Mercerus, Drusius; "remisso et per poenitentiam diluto", Munster. (y) "Absque peccato", i.e. "ita vivendo ut non perccom"; so some in Michaelis. 3. Rather, explanatory of "this" in Job 35:2, "That thou sayest (to thyself, as if a distinct person) What advantage is it (thy integrity) to thee? What profit have I (by integrity) more than (I should have) by my sin?" that is, more than if I had sinned (Job 34:9). Job had said that the wicked, who use these very words, do not suffer for it (Job 21:13-15); whereby he virtually sanctioned their sentiments. The same change of persons from oblique to direct address occurs (Job 19:28; 22:17).35:1-8 Elihu reproves Job for justifying himself more than God, and called his attention to the heavens. They are far above us, and God is far above them; how much then is he out of the reach, either of our sins or of our services! We have no reason to complain if we have not what we expect, but should be thankful that we have better than we deserve.
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