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?

Christian Standard Bible
LORD, if you kept an account of iniquities, Lord, who could stand?

Contemporary English Version
If you kept record of our sins, no one could last long.

Good News Translation
If you kept a record of our sins, who could escape being condemned?

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?

New Heart English Bible
If you, LORD, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?

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?

JPS Tanakh 1917
If Thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?

New American Standard 1977
If Thou, LORD, shouldst mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?

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?
Study Bible
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 is able to withstand it?"

Exodus 34:7
who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations."

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;

Ezra 9:15
"O LORD God of Israel, You are righteous, for we have been left an escaped remnant, as it is this day; behold, we are before You in our guilt, for no one can stand before You because of this."

Psalm 14:1
For the choir director. A Psalm of David. The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good.

Psalm 76:7
You, even You, are to be feared; And who may stand in Your presence when once You are angry?

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

Nahum 1:6
Who can stand before His indignation? Who can endure the burning of His anger? His wrath is poured out like fire And the rocks are broken up by Him.

Malachi 3:2
"But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap.
Treasury of Scripture

If you, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

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

Job 9:2,3,20 I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God…

Job 10:14 If I sin, then you mark me, and you will not acquit me from my iniquity.

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

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

John 8:7-9 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said …

Romans 3:20-24 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified …

(3) If thou.--The word rendered "mark" is "watch" in Psalm 130:6. If "Jah" were to watch for men's lapses, as one watches for the dawn, nothing but signal punishment could follow. So Job (Job 10:14; Job 14:16) actually believed God did watch; while the prophets Jeremiah (Jeremiah 3:5) and Amos (Amos 1:11) use the word of the strict care taken that the consequences should follow the sin. It is a fact worthy of attention, that misfortune provokes at this crisis, in this people so profoundly religious, not murmurings against the Divine dealings, but a sense of deep contrition.

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?"). 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. 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.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.
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