Job 4:17
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English Standard Version
‘Can mortal man be in the right before God? Can a man be pure before his Maker?

King James Bible
Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?

American Standard Version
Shall mortal man be more just than God? Shall a man be more pure than his Maker?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Shall man be justified in comparison of God, or shall a man be more pure than his maker?

English Revised Version
Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his Maker?

Webster's Bible Translation
Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?

Job 4:17 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

6 Is not thy piety thy confidence,

Thy Hope? And the uprightness of thy ways?

7 Think now: who ever perished, being innocent?!

And where have the righteous been cut off?!

8 As often as I saw, those who ploughed evil

And sowed sorrow, - they reaped the same.

9 By the breath of Eloah they perished,

By the breath of His anger they vanished away.

10 The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the shachal,

And the teeth of the young lions, are rooted out.

11 The lion wanders about for want of prey,

And the lioness' whelps are scattered.

In Job 4:6 all recent expositors take the last waw as waw apodosis: And thy hope, is not even this the integrity of thy way? According to our punctuation, there is no occasion for supposing such an application of the waw apodosis, which is an error in a clause consisting only of substantives, and is not supported by the examples, Job 15:17; Job 23:12; 2 Samuel 22:41.

(Note: We will not, however, dispute the possibility, for at least in Arabic one can say, zı̂d f-hkı̂m Zeid, he is wise. Grammarians remark that Arab. zı̂d in this instance is like a hypothetical sentence: If any one asks, etc. 2 Samuel 15:34 is similar.)

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Job 4:17 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Shall mortal.

Job 8:3 Does God pervert judgment? or does the Almighty pervert justice?

Job 9:2 I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?

Job 35:2 Think you this to be right, that you said, My righteousness is more than God's?

Job 40:8 Will you also cancel my judgment? will you condemn me, that you may be righteous?

Genesis 18:25 That be far from you to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked...

Psalm 143:2 And enter not into judgment with your servant: for in your sight shall no man living be justified.

Psalm 145:17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.

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

Jeremiah 12:1 Righteous are you, O LORD, when I plead with you: yet let me talk with you of your judgments: Why does the way of the wicked prosper?...

Romans 2:5 But after your hardness and impenitent heart treasure up to yourself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation...

Romans 3:4-7 God forbid: yes, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That you might be justified in your sayings...

Romans 9:20 No but, O man, who are you that reply against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why have you made me thus?

Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

shall a man.

Job 9:30,31 If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean...

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, that he should be righteous?

Job 25:4 How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Mark 7:20-23 And he said, That which comes out of the man, that defiles the man...

Revelation 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying...

Cross References
Job 4:16
It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance. A form was before my eyes; there was silence, then I heard a voice:

Job 9:2
"Truly I know that it is so: But how can a man be in the right before God?

Job 25:4
How then can man be in the right before God? How can he who is born of woman be pure?

Job 31:15
Did not he who made me in the womb make him? And did not one fashion us in the womb?

Job 32:22
For I do not know how to flatter, else my Maker would soon take me away.

Job 35:10
But none says, 'Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night,

Job 36:3
I will get my knowledge from afar and ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

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