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Psalms 143:2

    Psalms 143:2 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And enter not into judgment with your servant: for in your sight shall no man living be justified.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And enter not into judgment with thy servant; For in thy sight no man living is righteous.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Let not your servant come before you to be judged; for no man living is upright in your eyes.

    Webster's Revision

    And enter not into judgment with thy servant; For in thy sight no man living is righteous.

    World English Bible

    Don't enter into judgment with your servant, for in your sight no man living is righteous.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And enter not into judgment with thy servant; for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 143:2

    Enter not into judgment - אל תבוא al tabo. Do not come into court, either as a Witness against me, or as a Judge, else I am ruined; for thou hast seen all my ways that they are evil, and thy justice requires thee to punish me. Nor can any soul that has ever lived be justified in the sight of thy justice and righteousness. Had I my desert from thee, I should have worse than even my unnatural son intends me. O what a relief is Jesus crucified to a soul in such circumstances!

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 143:2

    And enter not into judgment with thy servant - Do not deal with me on the ground of justice as toward "thee;" do not mark my own offences against thee, when I plead that justice may be done as between me and my fellow-men. While I plead that thou wouldst judge righteously between me and them, I am conscious that I could not claim thy needed interposition on the ground of any righteousness toward thee. There I must confess that I am a sinner; there I can rely only on mercy; there I could not hope to be justified.

    For in thy sight - As before thee; in thy presence; by thee.

    Shall no man living - No one of the race, no matter what his rank, his outward conduct, his gentleness, his amiableness, his kindness; no matter how just and upright he may be toward his fellow-men.

    Be justified - Be regarded as righteous; be acquitted from blame; be held to be innocent. The meaning is, "I do not come before thee and plead for thy favor on the ground of any claim on thee, for I am conscious that I am a sinner, and that my only hope is in thy mercy." See the notes at Romans 3:20. Compare Job 4:17; Job 9:2, Job 9:20; Job 15:14-16; Job 25:4-6. This is a great and momentous truth in regard to man; it is the foundation of the necessity for a plan of salvation through an atonement - for some way in which man "may" properly be regarded and treated as righteous. Assuredly every man, conscious of what he is in himself, may and should fervently pray that God "would" not enter into judgment with him; that he would not mark his offences; that he would not judge him as strict justice would demand. Our hope is in the "mercy," not in the "justice" of God.