Job 35:8
Your wickedness may hurt a man as you are; and your righteousness may profit the son of man.
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may hurt

Joshua 7:1-5 But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah...

Joshua 22:20 Did not Achan the son of Zerah commit a trespass in the accursed thing, and wrath fell on all the congregation of Israel?...

Ecclesiastes 9:18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroys much good.

Jonah 1:12 And he said to them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm to you...

may profit

Job 42:8 Therefore take to you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering...

Genesis 12:2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing:

Genesis 18:24 Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city...


Genesis 19:29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham...

Psalm 106:23,30 Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath...

Ezekiel 22:30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land...

Acts 27:24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar: and, see, God has given you all them that sail with you.

Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house...

Elihu Reminds Job of God's Justice

1Elihu spoke moreover, and said, 2Think you this to be right, that you said, My righteousness is more than God's? 3For you said, What advantage will it be to you? and, What profit shall I have, if I be cleansed from my sin? 4I will answer you, and your companions with you. 5Look to the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds which are higher than you. 6If you sin, what do you against him? or if your transgressions be multiplied, what do you to him? 7If you be righteous, what give you him? or what receives he of your hand? 8Your wickedness may hurt a man as you are; and your righteousness may profit the son of man. 9By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the oppressed to cry: they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty. 10But none said, Where is God my maker, who gives songs in the night; 11Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth, and makes us wiser than the fowls of heaven? 12There they cry, but none gives answer, because of the pride of evil men. 13Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it. 14Although you say you shall not see him, yet judgment is before him; therefore trust you in him. 15But now, because it is not so, he has visited in his anger; yet he knows it not in great extremity: 16Therefore does Job open his mouth in vain; he multiplies words without knowledge.
Parallel Verses
American Standard Version
Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou art; And thy righteousness may profit a son of man.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thy wickedness may hurt a man that is like thee : and thy justice may help the son of man.

Darby Bible Translation
Thy wickedness may affect a man as thou art, and thy righteousness a son of man.

King James Bible
Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou art; and thy righteousness may profit the 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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