New International Version
Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.
King James Bible
For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.
Darby Bible Translation
Surely there is not a righteous 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.
Ecclesiastes 7:20 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
There is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not - לא יחטא lo yechta, that may not sin. There is not a man upon earth, however just he may be, and habituated to do good, but is peccable - liable to commit sin; and therefore should continually watch and pray, and depend upon the Lord. But the text does not say, the just man does commit sin, but simply that he may sin; and so our translators have rendered it in 1 Samuel 2:25, twice in 1 Kings 8:31, 1 Kings 8:46, and 2 Chronicles 6:36; and the reader is requested to consult the note on 1 Kings 8:46, where the proper construction of this word may be found, and the doctrine in question is fully considered.
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'Better is the end of a thing than the beginning.'--ECCLES. vii. 8. This Book of Ecclesiastes is the record of a quest after the chief good. The Preacher tries one thing after another, and tells his experiences. Amongst these are many blunders. It is the final lesson which he would have us learn, not the errors through which he reached it. 'The conclusion of the whole matter' is what he would commend to us, and to it he cleaves his way through a number of bitter exaggerations and of partial truths …
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Eusebius' Accession to the Bishopric of Cæsarea.
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 one who does not sin--and you become angry with them and give them over to their enemies, who take them captive to their own lands, far away or near;
2 Chronicles 6:36
"When they sin against you--for there is no one who does not sin--and you become angry with them and give them over to the enemy, who takes them captive to a land far away or near;
"What are mortals, that they could be pure, or those born of woman, that they could be righteous?
"But I tell you, in this you are not right, for God is greater than any mortal.
Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you.
Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin"?
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