New International Version
Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God's sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.
King James Bible
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore by works of law no flesh shall be justified before him; for by law [is] knowledge of sin.
World English Bible
Because by the works of the law, no flesh will be justified in his sight. For through the law comes the knowledge of sin.
Young's Literal Translation
wherefore by works of law shall no flesh be declared righteous before Him, for through law is a knowledge of sin.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Therefore, by the deeds of the law - On the score of obedience to this moral law, there shall no flesh, ου πασα σαρξ, no human being, be justified; none can be accepted in the sight of God. And why? Because by the law is the knowledge of sin: it is that which ascertains what sin is; shows how men have deviated from its righteous demands; and sentences them to death because they have broken it. Thus the law is properly considered as the rule of right; and, unless God had given some such means of discovering what Sin is, the darkened heart of man could never have formed an adequate conception of it. For, as an acknowledged straight edge is the only way in which the straightness or crookedness of a line can be determined, so the moral obliquity of human actions can only be determined by the law of God; that rule of right which proceeds from his own immaculate holiness.
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Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you.
Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.
For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.
because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.
To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone's account where there is no law.
The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more,
What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, "You shall not covet."
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