But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities…
I. A HUMBLE CONFESSION OF SIN.
1. Of the sins of their nature, of their persons themselves. "We are all as an unclean thing."
2. Of the sins of actions. "All our righteousness is as filthy rags."
3. Of the sin of non-proficiency, of obscuration, and senselessness, that notwithstanding the corrections of God, they were little the better. "There is none that calleth upon Thy name, or that stirs up himself to take hold of Thee.'
II. A HUMBLE COMPLAINT OF THE MISERABLE ESTATE THEY WERE IN BY THEIR SINS. "We all fade as a leaf," etc.
III. A HUMBLE SUPPLICATION AND DEPRECATION TO GOD (ver. 8, etc.).
( Sibbes, Richard, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.