Proverbs 20:9
New International Version
Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin"?

New Living Translation
Who can say, "I have cleansed my heart; I am pure and free from sin"?

English Standard Version
Who can say, “I have made my heart pure; I am clean from my sin”?

Berean Study Bible
Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am cleansed from my sin”?

New American Standard Bible
Who can say, "I have cleansed my heart, I am pure from my sin "?

King James Bible
Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

Christian Standard Bible
Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am cleansed from my sin"?

Contemporary English Version
Can any of us really say, "My thoughts are pure, and my sins are gone"?

Good News Translation
Can anyone really say that his conscience is clear, that he has gotten rid of his sin?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am cleansed from my sin"?

International Standard Version
Who can say, "My intentions are pure; I am clean from any sin?"

NET Bible
Who can say, "I have kept my heart clean; I am pure from my sin"?

New Heart English Bible
Who can say, "I have made my heart pure. I am clean and without sin?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Who will say, “You are innocent, my heart, and I am purified from sin?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Who can say, "I've made my heart pure. I'm cleansed from my sin"?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Who can say: 'I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin'?

New American Standard 1977
Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart, I am pure from my sin”?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Who shall be able to say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

King James 2000 Bible
Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

American King James Version
Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

American Standard Version
Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who can say: My heart is clean, I am pure from sin?

Darby Bible Translation
Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

English Revised Version
Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

Webster's Bible Translation
Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

World English Bible
Who can say, "I have made my heart pure. I am clean and without sin?"

Young's Literal Translation
Who saith, 'I have purified my heart, I have been cleansed from my sin?'
Study Bible
Wine is a Mocker
8A king who sits on a throne to judge sifts out all evil with his eyes. 9Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am cleansed from my sin”? 10Differing weights and unequal measures—both are detestable to the LORD.…
Cross References
Romans 3:9
What then? Are we any better? Not at all. For we have already made the charge that Jews and Greeks alike are all under sin.

1 John 1:8
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

1 Kings 8:46
When they sin against You--for there is no one who does not sin--and You become angry with them and deliver them to an enemy who takes them as captives to his own land, whether far or near,

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 deliver them to an enemy who takes them as captives to a land far or near,

Job 14:4
Who can bring clean out of unclean? No one!

Job 15:14
What is man, that he should be pure, or one born of woman, that he should be righteous?

Ecclesiastes 7:20
Surely there is no righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.

Treasury of Scripture

Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

1 Kings 8:46 If they sin against you, (for there is no man that sins not,) and …

2 Chronicles 6:36 If they sin against you, (for there is no man which sins not,) and …

Job 14:4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.

Job 15:14 What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, …

Job 25:4 How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that …

Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was shaped in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Ecclesiastes 7:20 For there is not a just man on earth, that does good, and sins not.

1 Corinthians 4:4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but …

James 3:2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, …

1 John 1:8-10 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth …







Lexicon
Who
מִֽי־ (mî-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

can say,
יֹ֭אמַר (yō·mar)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“I have kept my heart
לִבִּ֑י (lib·bî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

pure;
זִכִּ֣יתִי (zik·kî·ṯî)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 2135: To be translucent, to be innocent

I am cleansed
טָ֝הַ֗רְתִּי (ṭā·har·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 2891: To be clean or pure

from my sin”?
מֵחַטָּאתִֽי׃ (mê·ḥaṭ·ṭā·ṯî)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 2403: An offence, its penalty, occasion, sacrifice, expiation, an offender
(9) Who can say, I have made my heart clean?--Though we may have done our best by self-examination and confession, and repentance and trust in the atoning blood of Christ to obtain remission of sin, still the heart is so deceitful (Jeremiah 17:9), sins may so easily have escaped our notice (Psalm 19:12, 1Corinthians 4:4), that satisfaction with ourselves ought never to be allowed (Romans 11:20).

Verse 9. - Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin? The question implies the answer, "No one." This is expressed in Job 14:4, "Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one." At the dedication of the temple, Solomon enunciates this fact of man's corruption, "There is no man that sinneth not" (1 Kings 8:46). The prophet testifies, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is desperately sick: who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9). And St. John warns, "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us" (1 John 1:8). The heart is cleansed by self-examination and repentance; but it is so easy to deceive one's self in this matter, sins may lurk undetected, motives may be overlooked, so that no one can rightly be self-righteous, or conceited, or proud of his spiritual state. The "my sin" at the end of the clause is rather possible than actual sin; and the expression means that no one can pride himself on being secure from yielding to temptation, however clean for a time his conscience may be. The verse, therefore, offers a stern corrective of two grievous spiritual errors - presumption and apathy. 20:7. A good man is not liable to uneasiness in contriving what he shall do, or in reflecting on what he has done, as those who walk in deceit. And his family fare better for his sake. 8. If great men are good men, they may do much good, and prevent very much evil. 9. Some can say, Through grace, we are cleaner than we have been; but it was the work of the Holy Spirit. 10. See the various deceits men use, of which the love of money is the root. The Lord will not bless what is thus gotten. 11. Parents should observe their children, that they may manage them accordingly. 12. All our powers and faculties are from God, and are to be employed for him. 13. Those that indulge themselves, may expect to want necessaries, which should have been gotten by honest labour. 14. Men use arts to get a good bargain, and to buy cheap; whereas a man ought to be ashamed of a fraud and a lie. 15. He that prefers true knowledge to riches, follows the ways of religion and happiness. If we really believed this truth, the word of God would be valued as it deserves, and the world would lose its tempting influence. 16. Those ruin themselves who entangle themselves in rash suretiship. Also those who are in league with abandoned women. Place no confidence in either. 17. Wealth gotten by fraud may be sweet, for the carnal mind takes pleasure in the success of wicked devices; but it will be bitter in the reflection. 18. Especially we need advice in spiritual warfare. The word and Spirit of God are the best counsellors in every point. 19. Those dearly buy their own praise, who put confidence in a man because he speaks fairly. 20. An undutiful child will become very miserable. Never let him expect any peace or comfort. 21. An estate suddenly raised, is often as suddenly ruined. 22. Wait on the Lord, attend his pleasure, and he will protect thee.
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