Verse 15. "Thou art righteous" - Thou art merciful; this is one of the many meanings of the word qdx tsedek; and to this meaning St. Paul refers, when he says, God declares his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, Rom. iii. 25. See the note there.
"We remain yet escaped" - Because of this righteousness or mercy.
"In our trespasses" - We have no righteousness; we are clothed and covered with our trespasses.
"We cannot stand before thee because of this." - The parallel place, as noted in the margin, is Psa. cxxx. 3: If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? Every man must stand before the judgment-seat of Christ: but who shall stand there with joy? No man against whom the Lord marks iniquities. There is a reference here to the temple service: the priests and Levites stood and ministered before the Lord, but they were not permitted to do so unless pure from all legal pollution; so no man shall stand before the judgment-seat of Christ who is not washed and made white in the blood of the Lamb. Reader, how dost thou expect to stand there?