Job 15:16
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how much less mortals, who are vile and corrupt, who drink up evil like water!

King James Bible
How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?

Darby Bible Translation
How much less the abominable and corrupt, -- man, that drinketh unrighteousness like water!

World English Bible
how much less one who is abominable and corrupt, a man who drinks iniquity like water!

Young's Literal Translation
Also -- surely abominable and filthy Is man drinking as water perverseness.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

How much more abominable and filthy is man - As in the preceding verse it is said, he putteth no trust in his saints, it has appeared both to translators and commentators that the original words, אף כי aph ki, should be rendered how much Less, not how much More: How much less would he put confidence in man, who is filthy and abominable in his natures and profligate in his practice, as he drinks down iniquity like water? A man who is under the power of sinful propensities commits sin as greedily as the thirsty man or camel drinks down water. He thinks he can never have enough. This is a finished character of a Bad man; he hungers and thirsts after Sin: on the contrary, the Good man hungers and thirsts after Righteousness.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

How much (Rather, 'How much less (aph kee,) abominable and filthy man,' who, under the influence of sinful propensities, commits sin as greedily as a thirsty man or camel drinks down water.)

abominable

Job 4:19 How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?

Job 42:6 Why I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

Psalm 14:1-3 The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that does good...

Psalm 53:3 Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that does good, no, not one.

Romans 1:28-30 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind...

Romans 3:9-19 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin...

Titus 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy...

drinketh

Job 20:12 Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue;

Job 34:7 What man is like Job, who drinks up scorning like water?

Proverbs 19:28 An ungodly witness scorns judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.

Library
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
Job 15:17
"Listen to me and I will explain to you; let me tell you what I have seen,

Job 20:12
"Though evil is sweet in his mouth and he hides it under his tongue,

Job 34:7
Is there anyone like Job, who drinks scorn like water?

Psalm 14:1
For the director of music. Of David. The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.

Proverbs 19:28
A corrupt witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.

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