Anti-pelagian Writings by St. Augustine
Chapter XVI.--(37.) The Sixth Passage.
He has also adduced this passage of Scripture, which is very commonly quoted against his party: |For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.| And he makes a pretence of answering it by other passages, -- how, |the Lord says concerning holy Job, Hast thou considered my servant Job? For there is none like him upon earth, a man who is blameless, true, a worshipper of God, and abstaining from every evil thing.'| On this passage we have already made some remarks. But he has not even attempted to show us how, on the one hand, Job was absolutely sinless upon earth, -- if the words are to bear such a sense; and, on the other hand, how that can be true which he has admitted to be in the Scripture, |There is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.|