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

Other Translations of Psalm 143:2

King James Version

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

English Standard Version

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

The Message

2 But don't, please don't, haul me into court; not a person alive would be acquitted there.

New King James Version

2 Do not enter into judgment with Your servant, For in Your sight no one living is righteous.

New Living Translation

2 Don't put your servant on trial, for no one is innocent before you.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Psalm 143:2

Commentary on Psalm 143:1-6

(Read Psalm 143:1-6)

We have no righteousness of our own to plead, therefore must plead God's righteousness, and the word of promise which he has freely given us, and caused us to hope in. David, before he prays for the removal of his trouble, prays for the pardon of his sin, and depends upon mercy alone for it. He bemoans the weight upon his mind from outward troubles. But he looks back, and remembers God's former appearance for his afflicted people, and for him in particular. He looks round, and notices the works of God. The more we consider the power of God, the less we shall fear the face or force of man. He looks up with earnest desires towards God and his favour. This is the best course we can take, when our spirits are overwhelmed. The believer will not forget, that in his best actions he is a sinner. Meditation and prayer will recover us from distresses; and then the mourning soul strives to return to the Lord as the infant stretches out its hands to the indulgent mother, and thirsts for his consolations as the parched ground for refreshing rain.