New International Version
"Indeed, I know that this is true. But how can mere mortals prove their innocence before God?
King James Bible
I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?
Darby Bible Translation
Of a truth I know it is so; but how can man be just with God?
World English Bible
"Truly I know that it is so, but how can man be just with God?
Young's Literal Translation
Truly I have known that it is so, And what -- is man righteous with God?
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I know it is so of a truth - I acknowledge the general truth of the maxims you have advanced. God will not ultimately punish a righteous person, nor shall the wicked finally triumph; and though righteous before man, and truly sincere in my piety, yet I know, when compared with the immaculate holiness of God, all my righteousness is nothing.
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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 …
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Later English Reformers
LORD, the God of Israel, you are righteous! We are left this day as a remnant. Here we are before you in our guilt, though because of it not one of us can stand in your presence."
Can a mortal be more righteous than God? Can even a strong man be more pure than his Maker?
Then Job replied:
How then can a mortal be righteous before God? How can one born of woman be pure?
Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you.
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