New American Standard Bible
"How then can a man be just with God? Or how can he be clean who is born of woman?
King James Bible
How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?
Darby Bible Translation
And how should man be just with �God? Or how should he be clean that is born of a woman?
World English Bible
How then can man be just with God? Or how can he who is born of a woman be clean?
Young's Literal Translation
And what? is man righteous with God? And what? is he pure -- born of a woman?
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
How then can man be justified with God? - see Job 4:17-18; Job 15:15-16. Instead of meeting the facts to which Job had appealed, all that Bildad could now do was to repeat what had been said before. It shows that he felt himself unable to dispose of the argument, and yet that he was not willing to confess that he was vanquished.
Or how can he be clean? - This sentiment had been expressed by Job himself, Job 14:4. Perhaps Bildad meant now to adopt it as undoubted truth, and to throw it back upon Job as worthy of his special attention. It has no bearing on the arguments which Job had advanced, and is utterly irrelevant except as Bildad supposed that the course of argument maintained by Job implied that he supposed himself to be pure.
LibraryGod Incomprehensible and Sovereign.
1 Can creatures to perfection find  Th' eternal uncreated mind? Or can the largest stretch of thought Measure and search his nature out? 2 'Tis high as heaven, 'tis deep as hell, And what can mortals know or tell? His glory spreads beyond the sky, And all the shining worlds on high. 3 But man, vain man, would fain be wise, Born like a wild young colt he flies Thro' all the follies of his mind, And swells and snuffs the empty wind. 4 God is a King of power unknown, Firm are the orders of his throne; …
Isaac Watts—Hymns and Spiritual Songs
Whether all the Angels who are Sent, Assist?
'Can mankind be just before God? Can a man be pure before his Maker?
"In truth I know that this is so; But how can a man be in the right before God?
"Who can make the clean out of the unclean? No one!
"What is man, that he should be pure, Or he who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
And do not enter into judgment with Your servant, For in Your sight no man living is righteous.
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