“How then can a man be just with God?
Or how can he be clean who is born of woman?
“In truth I know that this is so;
But how can a man be in the right before God?
‘Can mankind be just before God?
Can a man be pure before his Maker?
“What is man, that he should be pure,
Or he who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
If You, Lord, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
And do not enter into judgment with Your servant,
For in Your sight no man living is righteous.
“You also open Your eyes on him
And bring him into judgment with Yourself.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.
“In that day a fountain will be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for impurity.
Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, so that every mouth may be closed and all the world may become accountable to God;
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood—