Job 35:7
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English Standard Version
If you are righteous, what do you give to him? Or what does he receive from your hand?

King James Bible
If thou be righteous, what givest thou him? or what receiveth he of thine hand?

American Standard Version
If thou be righteous, what givest thou him? Or what receiveth he of thy hand?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And if thou do justly, what shalt thou give him, or what shall he receive of thy hand?

English Revised Version
If thou be righteous, what givest thou him? or what receiveth he of thine hand?

Webster's Bible Translation
If thou art righteous, what givest thou to him? or what receiveth he from thy hand?

Job 35:7 Parallel
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

1 Then began Elihu, and said:

2 Dost thou consider this to be right,

Sayest thou: my righteousness exceedeth God's,

3 That thou sayest, what advantage is it to thee,

What doth it profit me more than my sin?

4 I will answer thee words,

And thy companions with thee.

The neutral זאת, Job 35:2, refers prospectively to כּי־תאמר, Job 35:3: this that thou sayest. חשׁב with acc. of the obj. and ל of the predicate, as Job 33:10, comp. Job 13:24, and freq. The second interrogative clause, Job 35:2, is co-ordinate with the first, and the collective thought of this ponderous construction, Job 35:2, Job 35:3, is this: Considerest thou this to be right, and thinkest thou on this account to be able to put thy righteousness above the divine, that, as thou maintainest, no righteousness on the side of God corresponds to this thy righteousness, because God makes no distinction between righteousness and the sin of man, and allows the former to go unrewarded? צדקי (for which Olsh. wishes to read צדקתּי, as Job 9:27 אמרתי for אמרי) forms with מאל a substantival clause: justitia mea est prae Deo (prae divina); מן comparative as Job 32:2, comp. on the matter Job 34:5, not equivalent to ἀπό as Job 4:17. כי־תאמר is first followed by the oratio obliqua: what it (viz., צדקך) advantageth thee, then by the or. directa (on this change vid., Ew. 338, a): what profit have I((viz., בצדקי), prae peccato meo; this מן is also comparative; the constantly ambiguous combination would be allowable from the fact that, according to the usage of the language, "to obtain profit from anything" is expressed by הועיל בּ, not by הועיל מן. Moreover, prae peccato meo is equivalent to plus quam inde quod pecco, comp. Psalm 18:24, מעוני, Hosea 4:8 אל־עונם. We have already on Job 34:9 observed that Job has not directly said (he cites it, Job 21:15, as the saying of the ungodly) what Elihu in Job 35:3 puts into his mouth, but as an inference it certainly is implied in such utterances as Job 9:22. Elihu's polemic against Job and his companions (רעיך are not the three, as lxx and Jer. translate, but the אנשׁי און, to whom Job is likened by such words as Job 34:8, Job 34:36) is therefore not unauthorized; especially since he assails the conclusion together with its premises. In the second strophe the vindication of the conclusion is now refuted.

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Job 22:2,3 Can a man be profitable to God, as he that is wise may be profitable to himself...

1 Chronicles 29:14 But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of you...

Psalm 16:2 O my soul, you have said to the LORD, You are my Lord: my goodness extends not to you;

Proverbs 9:12 If you be wise, you shall be wise for yourself: but if you scorn, you alone shall bear it.

Romans 11:35 Or who has first given to him, and it shall be recompensed to him again?

Cross References
Luke 17:10
So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.'"

Romans 11:35
"Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?"

Job 22:2
"Can a man be profitable to God? Surely he who is wise is profitable to himself.

Job 22:3
Is it any pleasure to the Almighty if you are in the right, or is it gain to him if you make your ways blameless?

Job 35:8
Your wickedness concerns a man like yourself, and your righteousness a son of man.

Proverbs 9:12
If you are wise, you are wise for yourself; if you scoff, you alone will bear it.

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