Ecclesiastes 7:20
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New International Version
Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.

New Living Translation
Not a single person on earth is always good and never sins.

English Standard Version
Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.

New American Standard Bible
Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins.

King James Bible
For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
There is certainly no righteous man on the earth who does good and never sins.

International Standard Version
For there is not a single righteous man on earth who practices good and does not sin.

NET Bible
For there is not one truly righteous person on the earth who continually does good and never sins.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Certainly, there is no one so righteous on earth that he always does what is good and never sins.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For there is not a righteous man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

New American Standard 1977
Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For surely there is not a just man upon earth that in doing good does not sin.

King James 2000 Bible
For there is not a just man upon earth, that does good, and sins not.

American King James Version
For there is not a just man on earth, that does good, and sins not.

American Standard Version
Surely there is not a righteous man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For there is no just man upon earth, that doth good, and sinneth not.

Darby Bible Translation
Surely there is not a righteous man upon earth, that doeth good and sinneth not.

English Revised Version
Surely there is not a righteous man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

Webster's Bible Translation
For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

World English Bible
Surely there is not a righteous man on earth, who does good and doesn't sin.

Young's Literal Translation
Because there is not a righteous man on earth that doth good and sinneth not.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
7:11-22 Wisdom is as good as an inheritance, yea better. It shelters from the storms and scorching heat of trouble. Wealth will not lengthen out the natural life; but true wisdom will give spiritual life, and strengthen men for services under their sufferings. Let us look upon the disposal of our condition as the work of God, and at last all will appear to have been for the best. In acts of righteousness, be not carried into heats or passions, no, not by a zeal for God. Be not conceited of thine own abilities; nor find fault with every thing, nor busy thyself in other men's matters. Many who will not be wrought upon by the fear of God, and the dread of hell, will avoid sins which ruin their health and estate, and expose to public justice. But those that truly fear God, have but one end to serve, therefore act steadily. If we say we have not sinned, we deceive ourselves. Every true believer is ready to say, God be merciful to me a sinner. Forget not at the same time, that personal righteousness, walking in newness of life, is the only real evidence of an interest by faith in the righteousness of the Redeemer. Wisdom teaches us not to be quick in resenting affronts. Be not desirous to know what people say; if they speak well of thee, it will feed thy pride, if ill, it will stir up thy passion. See that thou approve thyself to God and thine own conscience, and then heed not what men say of thee; it is easier to pass by twenty affronts than to avenge one. When any harm is done to us, examine whether we have not done as bad to others.
Study Bible
Limits of Human Wisdom
19Wisdom strengthens a wise man more than ten rulers who are in a city. 20Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins. 21Also, do not take seriously all words which are spoken, so that you will not hear your servant cursing you.…
Cross References
Romans 3:23
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

1 Kings 8:46
"When they sin against You (for there is no man who does not sin) and You are angry with them and deliver them to an enemy, so that they take them away captive to the land of the enemy, far off or near;

2 Chronicles 6:36
"When they sin against You (for there is no man who does not sin) and You are angry with them and deliver them to an enemy, so that they take them away captive to a land far off or near,

Job 15:14
"What is man, that he should be pure, Or he who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?

Job 33:12
"Behold, let me tell you, you are not right in this, For God is greater than man.

Psalm 143:2
And do not enter into judgment with Your servant, For in Your sight no man living is righteous.

Proverbs 20:9
Who can say, "I have cleansed my heart, I am pure from my sin "?
Treasury of Scripture

For there is not a just man on earth, that does good, and sins not.

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1 Kings 8:46 If they sin against you, (for there is no man that sins not,) and …

2 Chronicles 6:36 If they sin against you, (for there is no man which sins not,) and …

Job 15:14-16 What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, …

Psalm 130:3 If you, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

Psalm 143:2 And enter not into judgment with your servant: for in your sight …

Proverbs 20:9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his …

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

James 3:2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, …

1 John 1:8-10 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth …

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Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are …

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