Job 35:3
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?’

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?

New King James Version
For you say, ‘What advantage will it be to You? What profit shall I have, more than if I had sinned?’

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

NASB 1995
"For you say, 'What advantage will it be to You? What profit will I have, more than if I had sinned?'

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

Amplified Bible
“For you say, ‘What advantage have you [by living a righteous life]? What profit will I have, more [by being righteous] than if I had sinned?’

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If you spoke, what did it avail you for your soul? And what use that I would condemn you?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
I will answer thee, and thy three friends.

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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?'

Literal Standard Version
For you say, What does it profit You? What do I profit from my 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?'

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?'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Elihu Reminds Job of God's Justice
2“Do you think this is just? You say, ‘I am more righteous than God.’ 3For you ask, ‘What does it profit me, and what benefit do I gain apart from sin?’ 4I will reply to you and to your friends as well.…

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 reply to you and to your friends as well.

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?

what advantage

Job 9:21,22
Though I were perfect, yet would I not know my soul: I would despise my life…

Job 10:15
If I be wicked, woe unto me; and if I be righteous, yet will I not lift up my head. I am full of confusion; therefore see thou mine affliction;

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

If I be cleansed from 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).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
For
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

you ask,
תֹ֭אמַר (ṯō·mar)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

‘What
מַה־ (mah-)
Interrogative
Strong's 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

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

me,
לָ֑ךְ (lāḵ)
Preposition | second person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew

and what
מָֽה־ (māh-)
Interrogative
Strong's 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

benefit do I gain
אֹ֝עִ֗יל (’ō·‘îl)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 3276: To confer or gain profit or benefit

apart from sin?’
מֵֽחַטָּאתִֽי׃ (mê·ḥaṭ·ṭā·ṯî)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 2403: An offence, its penalty, occasion, sacrifice, expiation, an offender


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