New American Standard Bible
"For he has said, 'It profits a man nothing When he is pleased with God.'
King James Bible
For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.
Darby Bible Translation
For he hath said, It profiteth not a man if he delight himself in God.
World English Bible
For he has said, 'It profits a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.'
Young's Literal Translation
For he hath said, 'It doth not profit a man, When he delighteth himself with God.'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing that he should delight himself in God - That is, there is no advantage in piety, and in endeavoring to serve God. It will make no difference in the divine dealings with him. He will be treated just as well if he lives a life of sin, as if he undertakes to live after the severest rules of piety. Job had not used precisely this language, but in Job 9:22, he had expressed nearly the same sentiment. It is probable, however, that Elihu refers to what he regarded as the general scope and tendency of his remarks, as implying that there was no respect paid to character in the divine dealings with mankind. It was easy to pervert the views which Job actually entertained, so as to make him appear to maintain this sentiment, and it was probably with a special view to this charge that Job uttered the sentiments recorded in Job 21; see the notes at that chapter.
DEAR FRIENDS, it is never wise to dispute with God. Let a man strive with his fellow, but not with his Maker. If we must discuss any point, let it be with imperfect beings like ourselves, but not with the infallible and infinitely wise God; for, in most of our discussions, these questions wilt come back to us, "Should it be according to thy mind? Art thou master? Is everyone to be subordinate to thee?" I am going to speak, this evening, to those who have a quarrel with God concerning the way of salvation. …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 46: 1900
Whether Predestination is Certain
Thoughts Upon Worldly-Riches. Sect. Ii.
Directions to Awakened Sinners.
'Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him, And what would we gain if we entreat Him?'
"For you say, 'What advantage will it be to You? What profit will I have, more than if I had sinned?'
"When you see a thief, you are pleased with him, And you associate with adulterers.
Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure And washed my hands in innocence;
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