On the passage, "But both were just in God's sight and walked without blame in all the Lord's commandments and precepts."
PEOPLE WHO WANT to offer an excuse for their sins claim that no one is without sin. They appeal to the testimony of the Book of Job, where Scripture says, "No one is clean from filth, not even if his life upon the earth has been only one day long. His months can be numbered."1. But they only mouth the words of this verse and are wholly ignorant of its meaning. We shall answer them briefly. "To be without sin" has two meanings in Scripture. One is never to have sinned at all; the other is to have ceased sinning. If they say that the phrase "to be without sin" describes someone who has never sinned at all, then we agree that no one is without sin. All of us have sinned at some time, even though we might have become virtuous afterwards. But, if they take the phrase "no one is without sin" as denying that anyone, after he has sinned, can return to the practice of virtues and never sin again, then their opinion is wrong. For, it can happen that someone who has previously sinned can stop sinning and be said to be "without sin."
2. Our Lord Jesus Christ "presented to himself a glorious Church, which had no stain"2.--not because the members of the Church never had a stain, but because they were later free from stain. Scripture adds, "and no wrinkle," not because the members of the Church did not have the wrinkles "of the old____________________