Psalms 143:2

2 Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you.

Psalms 143:2 in Other Translations

KJV
2 And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.
ESV
2 Enter not into judgment with your servant, for no one living is righteous before you.
NLT
2 Don’t put your servant on trial, for no one is innocent before you.
MSG
2 But don't, please don't, haul me into court; not a person alive would be acquitted there.
CSB
2 Do not bring Your servant into judgment, for no one alive is righteous in Your sight.

Psalms 143:2 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 143:2

And enter not into judgment with thy servant
The house of judgment, as the Targum, or court of judicature; God is a Judge, and there is and will be a judgment, universal, righteous, and eternal; and there is a day fixed for it, and a judgment seat before which all must stand, and a law according to which all must be judged; but the psalmist knew he was but a man, and could not contend with God; and a sinful creature, and could not answer him for one of a thousand faults committed by him; and though his servant, yet an unprofitable one; his nature, his heart, his thoughts, words, and actions, would not bear examining, nor stand the test of the holy law of God; nor was he able to answer the demands of divine justice in his own person; and therefore pleads for pardon and acceptance through Christ and his righteousness, and entreats that God would not proceed against him in a judicial way, now nor hereafter; for in thy sight shall no man living be justified;
in a legal sense, so as to be acquitted in open court, and not condemned; that is, by the deeds of the law, as the apostle explains it, ( Romans 3:20 ) ; by obedience to it, by a man's own works of righteousness; because these are imperfect, are opposed to the grace of God, and would disannul the death of Christ, and encourage boasting; and much less in the sight of God; for, however men may be justified hereby in their own sight, and before men, in their esteem and account, yet not before God, the omniscient God; who sees not as man sees, and judges not according to the outward appearance, and is perfectly holy and strictly just; and none but the righteousness of Christ can make men righteous, or justify them before him; and this can and does, and presents men unblamable and irreprovable in his sight.

Psalms 143:2 In-Context

1 LORD, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief.
2 Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you.
3 The enemy pursues me, he crushes me to the ground; he makes me dwell in the darkness like those long dead.
4 So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed.
5 I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Psalms 14:3; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:20; Romans 3:10