New International Version
"Can a man be of benefit to God? Can even a wise person benefit him?
King James Bible
Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself?
Darby Bible Translation
Can a man be profitable to God? surely it is unto himself that the wise man is profitable.
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?
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Can a man be profitable unto God - God does not afflict thee because thou hast deprived him of any excellency. A man may be profitable to a man, but no man can profit his Maker. He has no interest in thy conduct; he does not punish thee because thou hast offended and deprived him of some good. Thy iniquities are against justice, and justice requires thy punishment.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
as he that, etc. or, if he may be profitable, doth his good success depend thereon?
LibraryDecember 29 Morning
Understanding what the will of the Lord is.--EPH. 5:17. This is the will of God, even your sanctification.--Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.--This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.--We know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal …
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path
Whether all Things are under Divine Providence
Covenanting Enforced by the Grant of Covenant Signs and Seals.
Epistle xxxix. To Eulogius, Patriarch of Alexandria.
So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.'"
And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.
"What is mankind that you make so much of them, that you give them so much attention,
Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:
What pleasure would it give the Almighty if you were righteous? What would he gain if your ways were blameless?
If you are righteous, what do you give to him, or what does he receive from your hand?
If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.
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