Job 15:14
New International Version
"What are mortals, that they could be pure, or those born of woman, that they could be righteous?

New Living Translation
Can any mortal be pure? Can anyone born of a woman be just?

English Standard Version
What is man, that he can be pure? Or he who is born of a woman, that he can be righteous?

Berean Study Bible
What is man, that he should be pure, or one born of woman, that he should be righteous?

New American Standard Bible
"What is man, that he should be pure, Or he who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?

King James Bible
What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?

Christian Standard Bible
What is a mere human, that he should be pure, or one born of a woman, that he should be righteous?

Contemporary English Version
No human is pure and innocent,

Good News Translation
Can any human being be really pure? Can anyone be right with God?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What is man, that he should be pure, or one born of woman, that he should be righteous?

International Standard Version
"What is mankind, that he can be blameless? Or does being born of a woman mean he'll be in the right?

NET Bible
What is man that he should be pure, or one born of woman, that he should be righteous?

New Heart English Bible
What is man, that he should be clean? What is he who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Why should a mortal be considered faultless or someone born of a woman be considered righteous?

JPS Tanakh 1917
What is man, that he should be clean? And he that is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?

New American Standard 1977
“What is man, that he should be pure, Or he who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?

Jubilee Bible 2000
What is man that he should be clean and that he that is born of a woman should be justified?

King James 2000 Bible
What is man, that he should be clean? and he who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?

American King James Version
What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?

American Standard Version
What is man, that he should be clean? And he that is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For who, being a mortal, is such that he shall be blameless? or, who that is born of a woman, that he should be just?

Douay-Rheims Bible
What is man that he should be without spot, and he that is born of a woman that he should appear just?

Darby Bible Translation
What is man, that he should be pure? and he that is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?

English Revised Version
What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?

Webster's Bible Translation
What is man, that he should be clean? and he who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?

World English Bible
What is man, that he should be clean? What is he who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?

Young's Literal Translation
What is man that he is pure, And that he is righteous, one born of woman?
Study Bible
Eliphaz: Job Does Not Fear God
13as you turn your spirit against God and pour such words out of your mouth? 14What is man, that he should be pure, or one born of woman, that he should be righteous? 15If God puts no trust in His holy ones, if even the heavens are not pure in His eyes,…
Cross References
1 John 1:8
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

1 John 1:10
If we say we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar, and His word is not in us.

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 14:4
Who can bring clean out of unclean? No one!

Job 15:13
as you turn your spirit against God and pour such words out of your mouth?

Job 25:4
How then can a man be just before God? How can one born of woman be pure?

Psalm 51:5
Surely I was brought forth in iniquity; I was sinful when my mother conceived me.

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

Ecclesiastes 7:20
Surely there is no righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.

Treasury of Scripture

What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?

is man

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

Job 14:4
Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.

Job 25:4-6
How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman? …







Lexicon
What
מָֽה־ (māh-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

is man,
אֱנ֥וֹשׁ (’ĕ·nō·wōš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 582: Man, mankind

that
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

he should be pure,
יִזְכֶּ֑ה (yiz·keh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2135: To be translucent, to be innocent

or one born
יְל֣וּד (yə·lūḏ)
Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3205: To bear young, to beget, medically, to act as midwife, to show lineage

of woman,
אִשָּֽׁה׃ (’iš·šāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 802: Woman, wife, female

that
וְכִֽי־ (wə·ḵî-)
Conjunctive waw | Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

he should be righteous?
יִ֝צְדַּ֗ק (yiṣ·daq)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6663: To be just or righteous
(14) What is man?--This is the ceaseless burden.�(See Job 4:17; Job 9:2; Job 25:4, &c.)

Verse 14. - What is man, that he should be clean? A vain "beating of the air." Eliphaz had asserted the same truth in his first speech, when he said, "Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his Maker? Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he taxeth with folly: how much less in them that dwell in houses of clay whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?" (Job 4:17-19); and Job had given his full assent to it, when he exclaimed, "I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God? If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand" (Job 9:2, 3). The true question was not whether Job or any other man was" clean," i.e. wholly sinless but whether Job had sinned so deeply and grievously that his sufferings were the natural and just punishment for his sins. And a mere repetition of the statement that all men were sinful and unclean was off the point - nihil ad rem-altogether futile and superfluous. And he that is born of a woman, that he should be righteous? (setup. Job 25:4). The clause is a mere variant of the preceding one. 15:1-16 Eliphaz begins a second attack upon Job, instead of being softened by his complaints. He unjustly charges Job with casting off the fear of God, and all regard to him, and restraining prayer. See in what religion is summed up, fearing God, and praying to him; the former the most needful principle, the latter the most needful practice. Eliphaz charges Job with self-conceit. He charges him with contempt of the counsels and comforts given him by his friends. We are apt to think that which we ourselves say is important, when others, with reason, think little of it. He charges him with opposition to God. Eliphaz ought not to have put harsh constructions upon the words of one well known for piety, and now in temptation. It is plain that these disputants were deeply convinced of the doctrine of original sin, and the total depravity of human nature. Shall we not admire the patience of God in bearing with us? and still more his love to us in the redemption of Christ Jesus his beloved Son?
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