Ecclesiastes 7:20

“For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For there is not a iust man vpon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who {continually} does good and who never sins.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Surely there is not a righteous man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.
- American Standard Version (1901)

There is no man on earth of such righteousness that he does good and is free from sin all his days.
- Basic English Bible

Surely there is not a righteous man upon earth, that doeth good and sinneth not.
- Darby Bible

For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.
- Webster's Bible

Surely there is not a righteous man on earth, who does good and doesn't sin.
- World English Bible

Because there is not a righteous man on earth that doth good and sinneth not.
- Youngs Literal Bible

For there is not a righteous man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 7:20


7:20 Sinneth not - Who is universally and perfectly good.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 7

  • BSP
    Verses 21 and 22: As much as we hate being talked about, we have done or do the same to others. This will help us not to quickly take offense if we remember this fact.
  • BSP
    Verse 29: God made man upright, but man chose to seek out hurtful schemes.
  • PRINCE
    Vanity of vanities said Solomon in his search for wisdom and living in riches, he could still find vanity. God has allowed emptiness in our hearts no matter how much possession and success we may amass, for we were created to worship him and remain obedience to to his word so that he can be the one to fill the empty space and we'll find peace and love.
  • Irene123
    V.10; Haggai 2:3; Ezra 3:12 - When I came back to the church, and knew the former preacher had died, and heard the new preacher, I really liked the new, but - there was a yearning for the former. But I rebuked it in prayer and God has gotten me over that 'looking back'. I love the memories, but I need to ALWAYS be looking to God's new work toward His Kingdom.
  • Hector D
    The fact is Jesus was born, He came into the world to atone for our sins,He was resurrected, and He's alive today. This is what we should celebrate, as we are told in the Old Testament in such passages as Zechariah 2:10: Shout and be glad, O Daughter of Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among you,' declares the LORD. In fact Jesus Christ is Jehovah God in the flesh! Celebrate every day!!
  • Brianna
    Vs. 25 - I enjoy this verse because it prompts Christians to do research and look for the reason behind things. Example: as a Jehovah's Witness I do not celebrate Christmas. As expected many people ask: WHY? Isn't it about Jesus? After exploring the origins of Christmas, I found that it was a pagan holiday. Therefore, after searching for wisdom, I came to the conclusion that pagan and Christ = NO!

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