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Job 25:4 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— How then can man be just with God? Or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean [that is] born of a woman?
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “How then can a man be just with God? Or how can he be clean who is born of woman?
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean [that is] born of a woman?
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And how should man be just with *God? Or how should he be clean that is born of a woman?
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— How then shall, a mortal, be just with GOD? Or how shall he be pure who is born of a woman?
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And what? is man righteous with God? And what? is he pure—born of a woman?
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Can man be justified compared with God, or he that is born of a woman appear clean?
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— How then can man bee iustified with God? or how can he be cleane that is borne of a woman?
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— For how shall a mortal be just before the Lord? or who that is born of a woman shall purify himself?
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— How then can man be justified with El? or how can he be clean [that is] born of a woman?

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
How x4100
(4100) Complement
מָּה
mah
{maw}
A primitive particle; properly interrogitive what? (including how?, why? and when?); but also exclamations like what! (including how!), or indefinitely what (including whatever, and even relatively that which); often used with prefixes in various adverbial or conjugational senses.
then can man 582
{0582} Prime
אֱנוֹשׁ
'enowsh
{en-oshe'}
From H0605; properly a mortal (and thus differeing from the more dignified H0120); hence a man in general (singly or collectively). It is often unexpressed in the English Version, especially when used in apposition with another word.
be justified 6663
{6663} Prime
צָדַק
tsadaq
{tsaw-dak'}
A primitive root; to be (causatively make) right (in a moral or forensic sense).
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
with x5973
(5973) Complement
עִם
`im
{eem}
From H6004; adverb or preposition, with (that is, in conjunction with), in varied applications; specifically equally with; often with prepositional prefix (and then usually unrepresented in English).
“Ėl אֵל? 410
{0410} Prime
אֵל
'el
{ale}
Shortened from H0352; strength; as adjective mighty; especially the Almighty (but used also of any deity).
or how x4100
(4100) Complement
מָּה
mah
{maw}
A primitive particle; properly interrogitive what? (including how?, why? and when?); but also exclamations like what! (including how!), or indefinitely what (including whatever, and even relatively that which); often used with prefixes in various adverbial or conjugational senses.
can he be clean 2135
{2135} Prime
זָכַה
zakah
{zaw-kaw'}
A primitive root (compare H2141); to be translucent; figuratively to be innocent.
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
[that is] born 3205
{3205} Prime
יָלַד
yalad
{yaw-lad'}
A primitive root; to bear young; causatively to beget; medically to act as midwife; specifically to show lineage.
z8803
<8803> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Passive (See H8815)
Count - 1415
of a woman? 802
{0802} Prime
אִשָּׁה
'ishshah
{ish-shaw'}
The first form is the feminine of H0376 or H0582; the second form is an irregular plural; a woman (used in the same wide sense as H0582).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Job 25:4

_ _ (Job 4:17, Job 4:18; Job 14:4; Job 15:14).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Job 25:1-6.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Job 25:4

Man — The word signifies man that is miserable, which supposes him to be sinful; and shall such a creature quarrel with that dominion of God, to which the sinless, and happy, and glorious angels submit? God — Before God's tribunal, to which thou dost so boldly appeal.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Job 25:4

How then can man (c) be justified with God? or how can he be clean [that is] born of a woman?

(c) That is, be just in respect to God?

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
How then:

Job 4:17-19 Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker? ... How much less [in] them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation [is] in the dust, [which] are crushed before the moth?
Job 9:2 I know [it is] so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?
Job 15:14-16 What [is] man, that he should be clean? and [he which is] born of a woman, that he should be righteous? ... How much more abominable and filthy [is] man, which drinketh iniquity like water?
Psalms 130:3 If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?
Psalms 143:2 And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.
Romans 3:19-20 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. ... Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin.
Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

how can:

Job 14:3-4 And dost thou open thine eyes upon such an one, and bringest me into judgment with thee? ... Who can bring a clean [thing] out of an unclean? not one.
Psalms 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Zechariah 13:1 In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.
Ephesians 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, [who is] the faithful witness, [and] the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
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Jb 4:17; 9:2; 14:3; 15:14. Ps 51:5; 130:3; 143:2. Zc 13:1. Ro 3:19; 5:1. 1Co 6:11. Ep 2:3. 1Jn 1:9. Rv 1:5.

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