Psalm 130:3
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New International Version
If you, LORD, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?

New Living Translation
LORD, if you kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive?

English Standard Version
If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?

New American Standard Bible
If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?

King James Bible
If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Yahweh, if You considered sins, Lord, who could stand?

International Standard Version
LORD, if you were to record iniquities, Lord, who could remain standing?

NET Bible
If you, O LORD, were to keep track of sins, O Lord, who could stand before you?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If you keep sins, Lord Jehovah, who is able to stand?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
O LORD, who would be able to stand if you kept a record of sins?

Jubilee Bible 2000
If thou, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall endure?

King James 2000 Bible
If you, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

American King James Version
If you, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

American Standard Version
If thou, Jehovah, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?

Douay-Rheims Bible
If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities: Lord, who shall stand it.

Darby Bible Translation
If thou, Jah, shouldest mark iniquities, Lord, who shall stand?

English Revised Version
If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

Webster's Bible Translation
If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

World English Bible
If you, Yah, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?

Young's Literal Translation
If iniquities Thou dost observe, O Lord, who doth stand?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

130:1-4 The only way of relief for a sin-entangled soul, is by applying to God alone. Many things present themselves as diversions, many things offer themselves as remedies, but the soul finds that the Lord alone can heal. And until men are sensible of the guilt of sin, and quit all to come at once to God, it is in vain for them to expect any relief. The Holy Ghost gives to such poor souls a fresh sense of their deep necessity, to stir them up in earnest applications, by the prayer of faith, by crying to God. And as they love their souls, as they are concerned for the glory of the Lord, they are not to be wanting in this duty. Why is it that these matters are so long uncertain with them? Is it not from sloth and despondency that they content themselves with common and customary applications to God? Then let us up and be doing; it must be done, and it is attended with safety. We are to humble ourselves before God, as guilty in his sight. Let us acknowledge our sinfulness; we cannot justify ourselves, or plead not guilty. It is our unspeakable comfort that there is forgiveness with him, for that is what we need. Jesus Christ is the great Ransom; he is ever an Advocate for us, and through him we hope to obtain forgiveness. There is forgiveness with thee, not that thou mayest be presumed upon, but that thou mayest be feared. The fear of God often is put for the whole worship of God. The only motive and encouragement for sinners is this, that there is forgiveness with the Lord.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities. The Prayer-book paraphrase gives the true sense, "If thou, Lord, shouldest be extreme to mark what is done miss." If thou didst not "hide our transgressions" and "cover up" half our sins - then, O Lord, who shall stand? (comp. Psalm 76:7, "Who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry?").

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities,.... Or "observe" (f) them. Not but that God does observe the sins of men: he sees all the evil actions of bad men done in the dark, which cannot hide them from him; and all the iniquities of good men, so as to correct and chastise for them, but not with his eye of vindictive justice. Or "keep" (g) them; should he keep a watchful eye over them, make strict inspection into them, enter into a critical examination of them, and of all their aggravated circumstances; should he keep them in mind and memory, retain them in the book of his remembrance; should he lay them up, and keep them sealed among his stores, in order to be brought to light, and brought out as charges another day, and to the condemnation of men; should he set them before him in the light of his countenance, and not cast them behind his back and into the depths of the sea; should he visit for them in a way of wrath, or enter into judgment on account of them, with men in their own persons; demanding satisfaction for them at their own hands, without any regard to the sacrifice and satisfaction of his Son; all a man's righteousness, repentance, humiliation and tears, would stand him in no stead, would not answer for him, or atone for his sins; still his iniquities would remain marked before God; the consequence of which would be eternal damnation, Jeremiah 2:22;

O Lord, who shall stand? Not one; since all are sinners. The Arabic version adds, "before thee"; in his presence; in the house and courts of God, there to minister before him; to pray and praise, to preach and hear: or at his bar hereafter, with any boldness and confidence; so as to litigate the point with him in his court of judicature, before angels and men, and so as to carry the cause; the wicked shall not stand in judgment, Psalm 1:5. Or who can stand before his vindictive justice, or bear his wrath and vengeance? No one can. See Nahum 1:6, Malachi 3:2.

(f) "observaveris", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Musculus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Michaelis. (g) "Serves", Cocceius; "servaveris", Muis.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. shouldest mark—or, "take strict account" (Job 10:14; 14:16), implying a confession of the existence of sin.

who shall stand—(Ps 1:6). Standing is opposed to the guilty sinking down in fear and self-condemnation (Mal 3:2; Re 6:15, 16). The question implies a negative, which is thus more strongly stated.

Psalm 130:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Out of the Depths I Cried to You
2Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive To the voice of my supplications. 3If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? 4But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared.…
Cross References
Revelation 6:17
For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?"

Exodus 34:7
maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation."

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;

Ezra 9:15
LORD, the God of Israel, you are righteous! We are left this day as a remnant. Here we are before you in our guilt, though because of it not one of us can stand in your presence."

Psalm 14:1
For the director of music. Of David. The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.

Psalm 76:7
It is you alone who are to be feared. Who can stand before you when you are angry?

Psalm 143:2
Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you.

Nahum 1:6
Who can withstand his indignation? Who can endure his fierce anger? His wrath is poured out like fire; the rocks are shattered before him.

Malachi 3:2
But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner's fire or a launderer's soap.
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Job 9:2,3,20 I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God…

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