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?
Darby Bible Translation
For thou hast asked of what profit it is unto thee: what do I gain 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?'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
For thou saidst - Another sentiment of a similar kind which Elihu proposes to examine. He had already adverted to this sentiment of Job in Job 34:9, and examined it at some length, and had shown in reply to it that God could not be unjust, and that there was great impropriety when man presumed to arraign the justice of the Most High. He now adverts to it again in order to show that God could not be benefited or injured by the conduct of man, and that he was, therefore, under no inducement to treat him otherwise than impartially.
What advantage will it be unto thee? - see the notes at Job 34:9. The phrase "unto thee," refers to Job himself. He had said this to himself; or to his own soul. Such a mode of expression is not uncommon in the Scriptures.
And, What profit shall I have if I be cleansed from my sin - Margin, "or, by it" more than by my sin."" The Hebrew will admit of either of these interpretations, and the sense is not materially varied. The idea is, that as to good treatment or securing the favor of God under the arrangements of his government, a man might just as well be wicked as righteous. He would be as likely to be prosperous in the world, and to experience the tokens of the divine favor. Job had by no means advanced such a sentiment; but he had maintained that he was treated "as if" he were a sinner; that the dealings of Providence were "not" in this world in accordance with the character of people; and this was interpreted by Elihu as maintaining that there was no advantage in being righteous, or that a man might as well be a sinner. It was for such supposed sentiments as these, that Elihu and the three friends of Job charged him with giving "answers" for wicked people, or maintaining opinions which went to sustain and encourage the wicked; see Job 34:36.
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"They have Corrupted Themselves; their Spot is not the Spot of his Children; they are a Perverse and Crooked Generation. "
"Have I sinned? What have I done to You, O watcher of men? Why have You set me as Your target, So that I am a burden to myself?
"If I should wash myself with snow And cleanse my hands with lye,
Yet You would plunge me into the pit, And my own clothes would abhor me.
"For he has said, 'It profits a man nothing When he is pleased with God.'
"I will answer you, And your friends with you.
Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure And washed my hands in innocence;
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