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Job 35:6-8 New English Translation (NET Bible)

If you sin, how does it affect God?[a]
If your transgressions are many,
what does it do to him?[b]
If you are righteous, what do you give to God,
or what does he receive from your hand?
Your wickedness affects only[c] a person like yourself,
and your righteousness only other people.[d]


  1. Job 35:6 tn Heb “him” (also in v. 7); the referent (God) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
  2. Job 35:6 tn See Job 7:20.
  3. Job 35:8 tn The phrase “affects only” is supplied in the translation of this nominal sentence.sn According to Strahan, “Elihu exalts God’s greatness at the cost of His grace, His transcendence at the expense of His immanence. He sets up a material instead of a spiritual stand of profit and loss. He does not realize that God does gain what He desires most by the goodness of men, and loses what He most loves by their evil.”
  4. Job 35:8 tn Heb “and to [or for] a son of man, your righteousness.”
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