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

New Living Translation
Don't put your servant on trial, for no one is innocent before you.

English Standard Version
Enter not into judgment with your servant, for no one living is righteous before you.

New American Standard Bible
And do not enter into judgment with Your servant, For in Your sight no man living is righteous.

King James Bible
And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not bring Your servant into judgment, for no one alive is righteous in Your sight.

International Standard Version
Do not enter into judgment with your servant, for no living person is righteous in your sight.

NET Bible
Do not sit in judgment on your servant, for no one alive is innocent before you.

New Heart English Bible
Do not enter into judgment with your servant, for in your sight no man living is righteous.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not bring your Servant to judgment, because no one who lives is innocent before you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not take me to court for judgment, because there is no one alive who is righteous in your presence.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And enter not into judgment with Thy servant; For in Thy sight shall no man living be justified.

New American Standard 1977
And do not enter into judgment with Thy servant,
            For in Thy sight no man living is righteous.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And enter not into judgment with thy slave; for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.

King James 2000 Bible
And enter not into judgment with your servant: for in your sight shall no man living be justified.

American King James Version
And enter not into judgment with your servant: for in your sight shall no man living be justified.

American Standard Version
And enter not into judgment with thy servant; For in thy sight no man living is righteous.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight no man living shall be justified.

Darby Bible Translation
And enter not into judgment with thy servant; for in thy sight no man living shall be justified.

English Revised Version
And enter not into judgment with thy servant; for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.

Webster's Bible Translation
And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.

World English Bible
Don't enter into judgment with your servant, for in your sight no man living is righteous.

Young's Literal Translation
And enter not into judgment with Thy servant, For no one living is justified before Thee.
Study Bible
My Soul Thirsts for You
1A Psalm of David. Hear my prayer, O LORD, Give ear to my supplications! Answer me in Your faithfulness, in Your righteousness! 2And do not enter into judgment with Your servant, For in Your sight no man living is righteous. 3For the enemy has persecuted my soul; He has crushed my life to the ground; He has made me dwell in dark places, like those who have long been dead.…
Cross References
Romans 3:10
As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one;

Romans 3:20
Therefore no one will be justified in His sight by works of the Law. For the Law merely brings awareness of sin.

1 Corinthians 4:4
My conscience is clear, but that does not vindicate me. It is the Lord who judges me.

Galatians 2:16
know that a man is not justified by works of the Law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have believed in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the Law, because by works of the Law no one will be justified.

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;

Job 4:17
'Can mankind be just before God? Can a man be pure before his Maker?

Job 9:2
"In truth I know that this is so; But how can a man be in the right before God?

Job 14:3
"You also open Your eyes on him And bring him into judgment with Yourself.

Job 22:4
"Is it because of your reverence that He reproves you, That He enters into judgment against you?

Job 25:4
"How then can a man be just with God? Or how can he be clean who is born of woman?
Treasury of Scripture

And enter not into judgment with your servant: for in your sight shall no man living be justified.

enter not

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

Job 14:3 And does you open your eyes on such an one, and bring me into judgment with you?

in thy sight

Exodus 34:7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression …

Job 4:17 Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?

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

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

Job 25:4 How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that …

Ecclesiastes 7:20 For there is not a just man on earth, that does good, and sins not.

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

Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but …

1 John 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word …

(2) And enter not.--The Divine justice has just been invoked, and now the appellant suddenly seems to deprecate it. These verses really sum up the apparent paradox of the Book of Job, as also the expressions recall that Book. (See Job 4:17; Job 9:2; Job 9:32; Job 14:3, seq., Job 15:14; Job 22:4, &c) In one breath Job frequently pours forth pathetic protestations of his innocence, and dread lest God should take him at his word and arraign him for trial. Man, in his desire to have his character vindicated before man, appeals to the just Judge, but instantly falls back with a guilty sense that before that tribunal none can stand:

"For merit lives from man to man,

And not from man, O Lord, to Thee.

Shall . . . be justified.--This follows the LXX. Better, is just.

Verse 2. - And enter not into judgment with thy servant. The psalmist, having touched the point of abstract justice, shrinks from pressing it. He knows that he is not "righteous before God," and that his life and conduct "cannot endure the severity of God's judgment" (Art. XII.). He therefore "deprecates a strictly retributive treatment" (Cheyne). For in thy sight shall no man living be justified (comp. Psalm 130:3; and see also Job 4:17-19; Job 9:2; Job 15:14; Job 25:4). And enter not into judgment with thy servant,.... The house of judgment, as the Targum, or court of judicature; God is a Judge, and there is and will be a judgment, universal, righteous, and eternal; and there is a day fixed for it, and a judgment seat before which all must stand, and a law according to which all must be judged; but the psalmist knew he was but a man, and could not contend with God; and a sinful creature, and could not answer him for one of a thousand faults committed by him; and though his servant, yet an unprofitable one; his nature, his heart, his thoughts, words, and actions, would not bear examining, nor stand the test of the holy law of God; nor was he able to answer the demands of divine justice in his own person; and therefore pleads for pardon and acceptance through Christ and his righteousness, and entreats that God would not proceed against him in a judicial way, now nor hereafter;

for in thy sight shall no man living be justified; in a legal sense, so as to be acquitted in open court, and not condemned; that is, by the deeds of the law, as the apostle explains it, Romans 3:20; by obedience to it, by a man's own works of righteousness; because these are imperfect, are opposed to the grace of God, and would disannul the death of Christ, and encourage boasting; and much less in the sight of God; for, however men may be justified hereby in their own sight, and before men, in their esteem and account, yet not before God, the omniscient God; who sees not as man sees, and judges not according to the outward appearance, and is perfectly holy and strictly just; and none but the righteousness of Christ can make men righteous, or justify them before him; and this can and does, and presents men unblamable and irreprovable in his sight. 2. enter … judgment—deal not in strict justice.

shall no … justified—or, "is no man justified," or "innocent" (Job 14:3; Ro 3:20).143:1-6 We have no righteousness of our own to plead, therefore must plead God's righteousness, and the word of promise which he has freely given us, and caused us to hope in. David, before he prays for the removal of his trouble, prays for the pardon of his sin, and depends upon mercy alone for it. He bemoans the weight upon his mind from outward troubles. But he looks back, and remembers God's former appearance for his afflicted people, and for him in particular. He looks round, and notices the works of God. The more we consider the power of God, the less we shall fear the face or force of man. He looks up with earnest desires towards God and his favour. This is the best course we can take, when our spirits are overwhelmed. The believer will not forget, that in his best actions he is a sinner. Meditation and prayer will recover us from distresses; and then the mourning soul strives to return to the Lord as the infant stretches out its hands to the indulgent mother, and thirsts for his consolations as the parched ground for refreshing rain.
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