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Job 22:3-5 New English Translation (NET Bible)

Is it of any special benefit[a] to the Almighty
that you should be righteous,
or is it any gain to him
that you make your ways blameless?[b]
Is it because of your piety[c] that he rebukes you
and goes to judgment with you?[d]
Is not your wickedness great[e]
and is there no end to your iniquity?


  1. Job 22:3 tn The word חֵפֶץ (khefets) in this passage has the nuance of “special benefit; favor.” It does not just express the desire for something or the interest in it, but the profit one derives from it.
  2. Job 22:3 tn The verb תַתֵּם (tattem) is the Hiphil imperfect of תָּמַם (tamam, “be complete, finished”), following the Aramaic form of the geminate verb with a doubling of the first letter.
  3. Job 22:4 tn The word “your fear” or “your piety” refers to Job’s reverence—it is his fear of God (thus a subjective genitive). When “fear” is used of religion, it includes faith and adoration on the positive side, fear and obedience on the negative.
  4. Job 22:4 sn Of course the point is that God does not charge Job because he is righteous; the point is he must be unrighteous.
  5. Job 22:5 tn The adjective רַבָּה (rabbah) normally has the idea of “great” in quantity (“abundant,” ESV) rather than “great” in quality.
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