Job 25:4
New International Version
How then can a mortal be righteous before God? How can one born of woman be pure?

New Living Translation
How can a mortal be innocent before God? Can anyone born of a woman be pure?

English Standard Version
How then can man be in the right before God? How can he who is born of woman be pure?

Berean Study Bible
How then can a man be just before God? How can one born of woman be pure?

New American Standard Bible
"How then can a man be just with God? Or how can he be clean who is born of woman?

King James Bible
How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?

Christian Standard Bible
How can a human be justified before God? How can one born of woman be pure?

Contemporary English Version
How can anyone be innocent in the sight of God?

Good News Translation
Can anyone be righteous or pure in God's sight?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How can a person be justified before God? How can one born of woman be pure?

International Standard Version
How can a human being become right with God? How can a human being be pure?

NET Bible
How then can a human being be righteous before God? How can one born of a woman be pure?

New Heart English Bible
How then can man be just with God? Or how can he who is born of a woman be clean?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How can a person be righteous to God? How can anyone born of a woman be pure?

JPS Tanakh 1917
How then can man be just with God? Or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?

New American Standard 1977
“How then can a man be just with God? Or how can he be clean who is born of woman?

Jubilee Bible 2000
How then can man be justified with God? Or how can he that is born of a woman be clean?

King James 2000 Bible
How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?

American King James Version
How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?

American Standard Version
How then can man be just with God? Or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For how shall a mortal be just before the Lord? or who that is born of a woman shall purify himself?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Can man be justified compared with God, or he that is born of a woman appear clean?

Darby Bible Translation
And how should man be just with God? Or how should he be clean that is born of a woman?

English Revised Version
How then can man be just with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?

Webster's Bible Translation
How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?

World English Bible
How then can man be just with God? Or how can he who is born of a woman be clean?

Young's Literal Translation
And what? is man righteous with God? And what? is he pure -- born of a woman?
Study Bible
Bildad: Man Cannot Be Righteous
3Can His troops be numbered? On whom does His light not rise? 4How then can a man be just before God? How can one born of woman be pure? 5If even the moon does not shine, and the stars are not pure in His sight,…
Cross References
Job 4:17
Can a mortal be more righteous than God, or a man more pure than his Maker?

Job 9:2
"Yes, I know that it is so, but how can a mortal be righteous before God?

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

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

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

Treasury of Scripture

How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?

How then

Job 4:17-19
Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker? …

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

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? …

how can

Job 14:3,4
And dost thou open thine eyes upon such an one, and bringest me into judgment with thee? …

Psalm 51:5
Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Zechariah 13:1
In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.







Lexicon
How
וּמַה־ (ū·mah-)
Conjunctive waw | Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

then can a man
אֱנ֣וֹשׁ (’ĕ·nō·wōš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 582: Man, mankind

be just
יִּצְדַּ֣ק (yiṣ·daq)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6663: To be just or righteous

before
עִם־ (‘im-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5973: With, equally with

God?
אֵ֑ל (’êl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 410: Strength -- as adjective, mighty, the Almighty

How
וּמַה־ (ū·mah-)
Conjunctive waw | Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

can 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

be pure?
יִּ֝זְכֶּ֗ה (yiz·keh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2135: To be translucent, to be innocent
Verse 4. - How then can man be justified with God? If God's creatures have no brightness of their own, and, when they shine, shine only with a reflected radiance, then certainly can no man be justified by his own merits. "All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). Or how can he be clean that is born of a woman! (comp. Job 14:4, "Who shall bring a clean thing out of an unclean? Not one;" and the comment ad loc.). 25:1-6 Bildad shows that man cannot be justified before God. - Bildad drops the question concerning the prosperity of wicked men; but shows the infinite distance there is between God and man. He represents to Job some truths he had too much overlooked. Man's righteousness and holiness, at the best, are nothing in comparison with God's, Ps 89:6. As God is so great and glorious, how can man, who is guilty and impure, appear before him? We need to be born again of water and of the Holy Ghost, and to be bathed again and again in the blood of Christ, that Fountain opened, Zec 13:1. We should be humbled as mean, guilty, polluted creatures, and renounce self-dependence. But our vileness will commend Christ's condescension and love; the riches of his mercy and the power of his grace will be magnified to all eternity by every sinner he redeems.
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