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

Darby Bible Translation
What is man, that he should be pure? and he that 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?

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

What is man, that he should be clean? - מה אנוש mah enosh; what is weak, sickly, dying, miserable man, that he should be clean? This is the import of the original word enosh.

And - born of a woman, that he should be righteous? - It appears, from many passages in the sacred writings, that natural birth was supposed to be a defilement; and that every man born into the world was in a state of moral pollution. Perhaps the word יצדק yitsdak should be translated, that he should justify himself, and not that he should be righteous.

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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...

1 Kings 8:46 If they sin against you, (for there is no man that sins not,) and you be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy...

2 Chronicles 6:36 If they sin against you, (for there is no man which sins not,) and you be angry with them, and deliver them over before their enemies...

Psalm 14:3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that does good, no, not one.

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

Proverbs 20:9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

Ecclesiastes 7:20,29 For there is not a just man on earth, that does good, and sins not...

John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing: for to will is present with me...

Galatians 3:22 But the scripture has concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

Ephesians 2:2,3 Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air...

1 John 1:8-10 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us...

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July 26 Evening
Give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.--PSA. 97:12. The heavens are not clean in his sight. How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?--Yea, the stars are not pure in his sight. How much less man, that is a worm? Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness?--Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts. As he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy;
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

All are Sinners.
Some time ago we overheard from a person who should have known better, remarks something like these: "I wonder how sinners are saved in the Lutheran Church?" "I do not hear of any being converted in the Lutheran Church," and such like. These words called to mind similar sentiments that we heard expressed long ago. More than once was the remark made in our hearing that in certain churches sinners were saved, because converted and sanctified, while it was at least doubtful whether any one could find
G. H. Gerberding—The Way of Salvation in the Lutheran Church

The Character of Its Teachings Evidences the Divine Authorship of the Bible
Take its teachings about God Himself. What does the Bible teach us about God? It declares that He is Eternal: "Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever Thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou are God" (Ps. 90:2). It reveals the fact that He is Infinite: "But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain Thee" (I Kings 8:27). Vast as we know the universe to be, it has its bounds; but we must go beyond
Arthur W. Pink—The Divine Inspiration of the Bible

Necessity of Contemplating the Judgment-Seat of God, in Order to be Seriously Convinced of the Doctrine of Gratuitous Justification.
1. Source of error on the subject of Justification. Sophists speak as if the question were to be discussed before some human tribunal. It relates to the majesty and justice of God. Hence nothing accepted without absolute perfection. Passages confirming this doctrine. If we descend to the righteousness of the Law, the curse immediately appears. 2. Source of hypocritical confidence. Illustrated by a simile. Exhortation. Testimony of Job, David, and Paul. 3. Confession of Augustine and Bernard. 4. Another
John Calvin—The Institutes of the Christian Religion

Cross References
1 John 1:8
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.

1 John 1:10
If we claim 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 give them over to the enemy, who takes them captive to a land far away or near;

Job 14:4
Who can bring what is pure from the impure? No one!

Job 15:13
so that you vent your rage against God and pour out such words from your mouth?

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

Psalm 51:5
Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

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