New International Version
Your wickedness only affects humans like yourself, and your righteousness only other people.
King James Bible
Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou art; and thy righteousness may profit the son of man.
Darby Bible Translation
Thy wickedness [may affect] a man as thou [art], and thy righteousness a son of man.
World English Bible
Your wickedness may hurt a man as you are, and your righteousness may profit a son of man.
Young's Literal Translation
For a man like thyself is thy wickedness, And for a son of man thy righteousness.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Thy wickedness may hurt - It is better to translate this literally:
To a man like thyself is thy wickedness:
And to the son of man, thy righteousness:
That is: -
Thou mayest injure thyself and others by thy wickedness,
And thou mayest benefit both by thy righteousness;
But God thou canst neither hurt nor profit.
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ELIHU PERCEIVED the great ones of the earth oppressing the needy, and he traced their domineering tyranny to their forgetfulness of God: "None saith, Where is God my Maker?" Surely, had they thought of God they could not have acted so unjustly. Worse still, if I understand Elihu aright, he complained that even among the oppressed there was the same departure in heart from the Lord: they cried out by reason of the arm of the mighty, but unhappily they did not cry unto God their Maker, though he waits …
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