New International Version
"Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?"
King James Bible
Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
Darby Bible Translation
or who has first given to him, and it shall be rendered to him?
World English Bible
"Or who has first given to him, and it will be repaid to him again?"
Young's Literal Translation
or who did first give to Him, and it shall be given back to him again?
Romans 11:35 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Or, who hath first given to him - Who can pretend to have any demands upon God? To whom is he indebted? Have either Jews or Gentiles any right to his blessings? May not he bestow his favors as he pleases, and to whom he pleases? Does he do any injustice to the Jews in choosing the Gentiles! And was it because he was under obligation to the Gentiles that he has chosen them in the place of the Jews? Let him who has any claim on God prefer it; and he shall be compensated.
But how can the Creator be indebted to the creature? How can the Cause be dependent on the effect? How can the Author of providence, and the Father of every good and perfect gift, be under obligation to them for whom he provides, and who are wholly dependent on his bounty?
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryJune 19. "Who Hath First Given to Him, and it Shall be Recompensed unto Him Again" (Rom. xi. 35).
"Who hath first given to Him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again" (Rom. xi. 35). The Christian women of the world have it in their power, by a very little sacrifice, to add millions to the treasury of the Lord. Beloved sisters, have you found the joy of sacrifice for Jesus? Have you given up something that you might give it to Him? Are you giving your substance to Jesus? He will take it, and He will give you a thousandfold more. I should rather be connected with a work founded on great sacrifice …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
The Sovereignty of God in Operation
Reprobation Asserted: Or, the Doctrine of Eternal Election and Reprobation Promiscuously Handled, in Eleven Chapters.
If you are righteous, what do you give to him, or what does he receive from your hand?
Who has a claim against me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to me.
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