New International Version
Though I were innocent, I could not answer him; I could only plead with my Judge for mercy.
King James Bible
Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, but I would make supplication to my judge.
Darby Bible Translation
Whom, though I were righteous, [yet] would I not answer; I would make supplication to my judge.
World English Bible
Though I were righteous, yet I wouldn't answer him. I would make supplication to my judge.
Young's Literal Translation
Whom, though I were righteous, I answer not, For my judgment I make supplication.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Though I were righteous - Though clear of all the crimes, public and secret, of which you accuse me, yet I would not dare to stand before his immaculate holiness. Man's holiness may profit man, but in the sight of the infinite purity of God it is nothing. Thus sung an eminent poet: -
"I loathe myself when God I see,And into nothing fall;
Content that thou exalted be,And Christ be all in all."
I would make supplication to my Judge - Though not conscious of any sin, I should not think myself thereby justified; but would, from a conviction of the exceeding breadth of the commandment, and the limited nature of my own perfection, cry out, "Cleanse thou me from secret faults!"
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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
But if you will seek God earnestly and plead with the Almighty,
Even if I summoned him and he responded, I do not believe he would give me a hearing.
Even if I were innocent, my mouth would condemn me; if I were blameless, it would pronounce me guilty.
"Although I am blameless, I have no concern for myself; I despise my own life.
If I am guilty--woe to me! Even if I am innocent, I cannot lift my head, for I am full of shame and drowned in my affliction.
I spoke once, but I have no answer-- twice, but I will say no more."
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