For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.
Ecclesiastes 7:20  KJV

Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
Genesis 6:9  KJV

+ 27 references of the Old Testament
+ 19 references of the New Testament
(not counted are the 8 passages of the Book of Wisdom and one of the book of Tobith, as these books don’t belong to the canonical Hebrew Bible, neither to the New Testament)


SAB Contradiction 270


The problem
The critic claims a Bible Contradiction as he reads in the Bible that no just person lives on earth (Ecclesiastes 7:20). On the other hand many times someone is called ‘a just person’. He gives 47 instances of this phenomenon. Isn’t that contradictory? Of course not.


Is it a problem?
The answer to the critic is already in the statement of Ecclesiastes 7:20. The Bible teaches indeed that there are no just persons on earth doing good and who do not sin. This is fully in accordance with the Biblical word: “… there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” (Psalm 14:3) So far, so good.


The Gospel
Now God has given a way “to make people good, just, righteous” by faith, despite their sins. About Abraham we already read (Genesis 15:6): “And he believed in the Lord; and He counted it to him for righteousness.”  So despite his shortcomings Abraham was just. That is the gospel as also Galatians 3:18 says: “And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.” This gospel to Abraham was not only for him, but included many nations.


Example of Noah
About Noah we read (Genesis 6:8): “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” If Noah did not ever sin, he wouldn’t need to find grace unto God. So the Bible teaches also about Noah that he was (6:9) just and perfect through grace of God and not through his own intrinsic righteousness.


The list of 47
The list of the critic contains 47 examples of Just People and he suggests that this is contrary to Ecclesiastes 7:20. It is clear that the critic has no idea what it’s all about in the Bible. They are all examples of Ecclesiastes 7:20, called ‘just’ or ‘righteous’ or ‘perfect’ and nevertheless sometimes sinning (to their sadness). They all found redemption through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. They belong to the “multitude which no one can number …clothed with white robes”. (Revelation 7:9)


No Bible Contradictions