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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CommentaryClarke'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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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; …
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All are Sinners.
The Character of Its Teachings Evidences the Divine Authorship of the Bible
Necessity of Contemplating the Judgment-Seat of God, in Order to be Seriously Convinced of the Doctrine of Gratuitous Justification.
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;
Who can bring what is pure from the impure? No one!
so that you vent your rage against God and pour out such words from your mouth?
How then can a mortal be righteous before God? How can one born of woman be pure?
Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
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