March 5, 2017: Verse of the day

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15 A proper sense of God’s holiness sheds light on our unworthiness (cf. Isa 6:1–5; Lk 5:8). For comparable passages of national lament, see Psalms 44, 60, 74, 79–80, 83, 85, 90, 108, 126, 129, and 137.

Expositor’s Bible Commentary

9:15 no one can stand before You. All were reckoned guilty and had no right to stand in God’s presence, yet they came penitently seeking the grace of forgiveness.

MacArthur Study Bible

9:15 Ezra knows that God is both just and merciful. (For God as “just,” or “righteous,” see also Deut. 32:4; Ps. 119:137.) The very existence of the postexilic remnant proves his mercy; yet equally God would be justified in bringing renewed judgment on the sinful people. The prayer serves as a petition for mercy, and it prompts Ezra and his close associates to turn the people from their sin.

ESV Study Bible

9:15 can stand The Hebrew term used here is a legal term meaning “to be acquitted” (Pss 1:5; 130:3). None are regarded as guiltless before Yahweh.

Faithlife Study Bible

9:15 Ezra’s conclusion is that even now the people live only because of God’s grace.

Reformation Study Bible

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