New International Version
Even if I were innocent, my mouth would condemn me; if I were blameless, it would pronounce me guilty.
King James Bible
If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.
Darby Bible Translation
If I justified myself, mine own mouth would condemn me; were I perfect, he would prove me perverse.
World English Bible
Though I am righteous, my own mouth shall condemn me. Though I am blameless, it shall prove me perverse.
Young's Literal Translation
If I be righteous, Mine mouth doth declare me wicked, Perfect I am! -- it declareth me perverse.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
If I justify myself - God must have some reason for his conduct towards me; I therefore do not pretend to justify myself; the attempt to do it would be an insult to his majesty and justice. Though I am conscious of none of the crimes of which you accuse me; and know not why he contends with me; yet he must have some reason, and that reason he does not choose to explain.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
I am perfect
LibraryMarch 16 Morning
What is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.--JAS. 4:14. My days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good. They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.--Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep . . . in the morning they are like grass which groweth up. In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up: in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.--Man that is born of a woman …
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path
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Later English Reformers
Though I were innocent, I could not answer him; I could only plead with my Judge for mercy.
Since I am already found guilty, why should I struggle in vain?
Your own mouth condemns you, not mine; your own lips testify against you.
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