Job 34:9
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English Standard Version
For he has said, ‘It profits a man nothing that he should take delight in God.’

King James Bible
For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.

American Standard Version
For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing That he should delight himself with God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For he hath said : Man shall not please God, although he run with him.

English Revised Version
For he hath said, it profiteth a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.

Webster's Bible Translation
For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.

Job 34:9 Parallel
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

1 Then began Elihu and said:

2 Hear, ye wise men, my words,

And ye experienced ones, give ear to me!

3 For the ear trieth words,

As the palate tasteth by eating.

4 Let us find out what is right,

Let us explore among ourselves what is good.

After his first speech Elihu has made a brief pause; now since Job is silent, he begins anew. ויען ויאמר, lxx correctly, here as in all other instances where the phrase occurs: ὑπολαβὼν λέγει, taking up the word he said. The wise and the knowing (Arab. ‛ulamâ), whose attention he bespeaks, are not Job and the three (Umbr., Hahn), who are indeed a party, and as such a subject for the arbitrative appearance of Elihu; also not every one capable of forming a judgment (Hirz.); but those in the circle of spectators and listeners which, as is assumed, has assembled round the disputants (Schlottm.). In Job 33:4 Elihu does not expressly mean his own ear, but that of the persons addressed: he establishes his summons to prove what he says by the general thought brought over from Job 12:11, and as there (comp. Job 5:7; Job 11:12), clothed in the form of the emblematic proverb, - that as there is a bodily, so there is also a mental organ of sense which tries its perceptions. לאכל is not intended as expressing a purpose (ad vescendum), but as a gerundive (vescendo). The phrase בּחר משׁפּט, occurring only here, signifies neither to institute a search for the purpose of decision (Schult. and others), since בחר does not signify to decide upon anything, nor to investigate a cause (Hahn), which would be נבחנה, but to test and choose what is right, δοκιμάζειν καὶ τὸ καλὸν κατέχειν, 1 Thessalonians 5:21, after which the parallel runs: cognoscamus inter nos (i.e., in common) quid bonum.

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Job 9:22,23,30,31 This is one thing, therefore I said it, He destroys the perfect and the wicked...

Job 21:14-16,30 Therefore they say to God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of your ways...

Job 22:17 Which said to God, Depart from us: and what can the Almighty do for them?

Job 35:3 For you said, What advantage will it be to you? and, What profit shall I have, if I be cleansed from my sin?

Malachi 3:14 You have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance...


Job 27:10 Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call on God?

Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself also in the LORD: and he shall give you the desires of your heart.

Cross References
Job 21:15
What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? And what profit do we get if we pray to him?'

Job 35:3
that you ask, 'What advantage have I? How am I better off than if I had sinned?'

Psalm 50:18
If you see a thief, you are pleased with him, and you keep company with adulterers.

Psalm 73:13
All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence.

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