New International Version
Can a mortal be more righteous than God? Can even a strong man be more pure than his Maker?
King James Bible
Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?
Darby Bible Translation
Shall [mortal] man be more just than +God? Shall a man be purer than his Maker?
World English Bible
'Shall mortal man be more just than God? Shall a man be more pure than his Maker?
Young's Literal Translation
'Is mortal man than God more righteous? Than his Maker is a man cleaner?
Job 4:17 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Shall mortal man - אנוש enosh; Greek βροτος poor, weak, dying man.
Be more just than God? - Or, האנוש מאלוה יצדק haenosh meeloah yitsdak; shall poor, weak, sinful man be justified before God?
Shall a man - גבר gaber, shall even the strong and mighty man, be pure before his Maker? Is any man, considered merely in and of himself, either holy in his conduct, or pure in his heart? No. He must be justified by the mercy of God, through an atoning sacrifice; he must be sanctified by the Holy Spirit of God, and thus made a partaker of the Divine nature. Then he is justified before God, and pure in the sight of his Maker: and this is a work which God himself alone can do; so the work is not man's work, but God's. It is false to infer, from the words of this spectre, (whether it came from heaven or hell, we know not, for its communication shows and rankles a wound, without providing a cure), that no man can be justified, and that no man can be purified, when God both justifies the ungodly, and sanctifies the unholy. The meaning can be no more than this: no man can make an atonement for his own sins, nor purify his own heart. Hence all boasting is for ever excluded. Of this Eliphaz believed Job to be guilty, as he appeared to talk of his righteousness and purity, as if they had been his own acquisition.
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Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.--GAL. 6:7. They that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.--They have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.--He that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption. To him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.--He that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let …
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It stopped, but I could not tell what it was. A form stood before my eyes, and I heard a hushed voice:
"Indeed, I know that this is true. But how can mere mortals prove their innocence before God?
How then can a mortal be righteous before God? How can one born of woman be pure?
Did not he who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers?
for if I were skilled in flattery, my Maker would soon take me away.
But no one says, 'Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night,
I get my knowledge from afar; I will ascribe justice to my Maker.
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