New Living Translation
'Can a mortal be innocent before God? Can anyone be pure before the Creator?'
King James Bible
Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?
Darby Bible Translation
Shall mortal man be more just than +God? Shall a man be purer than his Maker?
World English Bible
'Shall mortal man be more just than God? Shall a man be more pure than his Maker?
Young's Literal Translation
'Is mortal man than God more righteous? Than his Maker is a man cleaner?
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
4:17 More just - Pretend more strictly to observe the laws of justice? Shall (enosh) mortal, miserable man (so the word signifies) be thus insolent? Nay, shall geber, the strongest and most eminent man, stand in competition with God? Those that find fault with the directions of the Divine law, the dispensations of the Divine grace, or the disposal of the Divine providence, do make themselves more just and pure than God: who being their maker, is their Lord and owner: and the author of all the justice and purity that is in man.
LibraryThe Difference Between Union and Rapture. What Rapture Is. The Blessing it is to the Soul. The Effects of It.
1. I wish I could explain, with the help of God, wherein union differs from rapture, or from transport, or from flight of the spirit, as they speak, or from a trance, which are all one.  I mean, that all these are only different names for that one and the same thing, which is also called ecstasy.  It is more excellent than union, the fruits of it are much greater, and its other operations more manifold; for union is uniform in the beginning, the middle, and the end, and is so also interiorly. …
Teresa of Avila—The Life of St. Teresa of Jesus
God Far Above Creatures. Job 4:17-21.
What is Meant by "Altogether Lovely"
Whether Every Punishment is Inflicted for a Sin?
The spirit stopped, but I couldn't see its shape. There was a form before my eyes. In the silence I heard a voice say,
"Yes, I know all this is true in principle. But how can a person be declared innocent in God's sight?
How can a mortal be innocent before God? Can anyone born of a woman be pure?
For God created both me and my servants. He created us both in the womb.
For if I tried flattery, my Creator would soon destroy me.
Yet they don't ask, 'Where is God my Creator, the one who gives songs in the night?
I will present profound arguments for the righteousness of my Creator.
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