Ecclesiastes 7:20
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.

Berean Study Bible
Surely there is no righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.

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

New King James Version
For there is not a just man on earth who does good And does not sin.

New American Standard Bible
Indeed, there is not a righteous person on earth who always does good and does not ever sin.

NASB 1995
Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins.

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

Amplified Bible
Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who always does good and who never sins.

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

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For there is not a righteous man in Earth who will do what is good and will not sin

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For there is not a righteous man in the earth, who will do good, and not sin

Contemporary English Version
No one in this world always does right.

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

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

Good News Translation
There is no one on earth who does what is right all the time and never makes a mistake.

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
Because there is not a righteous man on earth that does 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.

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

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Limits of Human Wisdom
19Wisdom makes the wise man stronger than ten rulers in a city. 20Surely there is no righteous man on earth who does good and never sins. 21Do not pay attention to every word that is spoken, or you may 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 one who does not sin--and You become angry with them and deliver them to an enemy who takes them as captives to his own land, whether far 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 deliver them to an enemy who takes them as captives to a land far or near,

Job 15:14
What is man, that he should be pure, or one born of woman, that he should be righteous?

Job 33:12
Behold, you are not right in this matter. I will answer you, for God is greater than man.

Psalm 143:2
Do not bring Your servant into judgment, for no one alive is righteous before You.

Proverbs 20:9
Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am cleansed from my sin"?


Treasury of Scripture

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

there

1 Kings 8:46
If they sin against thee, (for there is no man that sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away captives unto the land of the enemy, far or near;

2 Chronicles 6:36
If they sin against thee, (for there is no man which sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them over before their enemies, and they carry them away captives unto a land far off or near;

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

doeth

Isaiah 64:6
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.









Verse 20. - The wisdom above signified is, indeed, absolutely necessary, if one would escape the consequences of that frailty of nature which leads to transgression. Wisdom shows the sinner a way out of the evil course in which he is walking, and puts him back in that fear of God which is his only safety. For there is not a just man upon earth. The verse confirms ver. 19. Even the just man sinneth, and therefore needs wisdom. That doeth good, and sinneth not. This reminds us of the words in Solomon's prayer (1 Kings 8:46; Proverbs 20:9). So St. James (James 3:2) says, "In many things we all offend;" and St. John, "It' we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us" (1 John 1:8). A Greek gnome runs - Ἁμαρτάνει τι καὶ σοφοῦ σοφώτερος. "Erreth at times the very wisest man."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Surely
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

there is no
אֵ֥ין (’ên)
Adverb
Strong's 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

righteous
צַדִּ֖יק (ṣad·dîq)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 6662: Just, righteous

man
אָדָ֔ם (’ā·ḏām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 120: Ruddy, a human being

on earth
בָּאָ֑רֶץ (bā·’ā·reṣ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 776: Earth, land

who
אֲשֶׁ֥ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

does
יַעֲשֶׂה־ (ya·‘ă·śeh-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6213: To do, make

good
טּ֖וֹב (ṭō·wḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

and never
וְלֹ֥א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

sins.
יֶחֱטָֽא׃ (ye·ḥĕ·ṭā)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 2398: To miss, to sin, to forfeit, lack, expiate, repent, lead astray, condemn


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