Job 35:7
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New Living Translation
If you are good, is this some great gift to him? What could you possibly give him?

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

Darby Bible Translation
If thou be righteous, what givest thou to him? or what doth he receive of thy hand?

World English Bible
If you are righteous, what do you give him? Or what does he receive from your hand?

Young's Literal Translation
If thou hast been righteous, What dost thou give to Him? Or what from thy hand doth He receive?

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Whether the Motive of Anger is Always Something done against the one who is Angry?
Objection 1: It would seem that the motive of anger is not always something done against the one who is angry. Because man, by sinning, can do nothing against God; since it is written (Job 35:6): "If thy iniquities be multiplied, what shalt thou do against Him?" And yet God is spoken of as being angry with man on account of sin, according to Ps. 105:40: "The Lord was exceedingly angry with His people." Therefore it is not always on account of something done against him, that a man is angry. Objection
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Whether a Man May Merit Anything from God?
Objection 1: It would seem that a man can merit nothing from God. For no one, it would seem, merits by giving another his due. But by all the good we do, we cannot make sufficient return to God, since yet more is His due, as also the Philosopher says (Ethic. viii, 14). Hence it is written (Lk. 17:10): "When you have done all these things that are commanded you, say: We are unprofitable servants; we have done that which we ought to do." Therefore a man can merit nothing from God. Objection 2: Further,
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Whether Beneficence is an Act of Charity?
Objection 1: It would seem that beneficence is not an act of charity. For charity is chiefly directed to God. Now we cannot benefit God, according to Job 35:7: "What shalt thou give Him? or what shall He receive of thy hand?" Therefore beneficence is not an act of charity. Objection 2: Further, beneficence consists chiefly in making gifts. But this belongs to liberality. Therefore beneficence is an act of liberality and not of charity. Objection 3: Further, what a man gives, he gives either as being
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Whether a Human Action is Meritorious or Demeritorious Before God, According as it is Good or Evil?
Objection 1: It would seem that man's actions, good or evil, are not meritorious or demeritorious in the sight of God. Because, as stated above [1202](A[3]), merit and demerit imply relation to retribution for good or harm done to another. But a man's action, good or evil, does no good or harm to God; for it is written (Job 35:6,7): "If thou sin, what shalt thou hurt Him? . . . And if thou do justly, what shalt thou give Him?" Therefore a human action, good or evil, is not meritorious or demeritorious
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Cross References
Luke 17:10
In the same way, when you obey me you should say, 'We are unworthy servants who have simply done our duty.'"

Romans 11:35
And who has given him so much that he needs to pay it back?

Job 22:2
"Can a person do anything to help God? Can even a wise person be helpful to him?

Job 22:3
Is it any advantage to the Almighty if you are righteous? Would it be any gain to him if you were perfect?

Job 35:8
No, your sins affect only people like yourself, and your good deeds also affect only humans.

Proverbs 9:12
If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.

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