Psalm 24:4
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New International Version
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.

New Living Translation
Only those whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies.

English Standard Version
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.

New American Standard Bible
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood And has not sworn deceitfully.

King James Bible
He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not set his mind on what is false, and who has not sworn deceitfully.

International Standard Version
The one who has innocent hands and a pure heart; the person who does not delight in what is false and does not swear an oath deceitfully.

NET Bible
The one whose deeds are blameless and whose motives are pure, who does not lie, or make promises with no intention of keeping them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He who purifies his hands and is chosen in his heart, and does not swear in his soul with lies nor swears with deceit.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[The one who] has clean hands and a pure heart and does not long for what is false or lie when he is under oath.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not taken my name in vain, nor sworn deceitfully.

King James 2000 Bible
He that has clean hands, and a pure heart; who has not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

American King James Version
He that has clean hands, and a pure heart; who has not lifted up his soul to vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

American Standard Version
He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; Who hath not lifted up his soul unto falsehood, And hath not sworn deceitfully.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The innocent in hands, and clean of heart, who hath not taken his soul in vain, nor sworn deceitfully to his neighbour.

Darby Bible Translation
He that hath blameless hands and a pure heart; who lifteth not up his soul unto vanity, nor sweareth deceitfully:

English Revised Version
He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, and hath not sworn deceitfully.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul to vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

World English Bible
He who has clean hands and a pure heart; who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood, and has not sworn deceitfully.

Young's Literal Translation
The clean of hands, and pure of heart, Who hath not lifted up to vanity his soul, Nor hath sworn to deceit.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

24:1-6 We ourselves are not our own; our bodies, our souls, are not. Even those of the children of men are God's, who know him not, nor own their relation to him. A soul that knows and considers its own nature, and that it must live for ever, when it has viewed the earth and the fulness thereof, will sit down unsatisfied. It will think of ascending toward God, and will ask, What shall I do, that I may abide in that happy, holy place, where he makes his people holy and happy? We make nothing of religion, if we do not make heart-work of it. We can only be cleansed from our sins, and renewed unto holiness, by the blood of Christ and the washing of the Holy Ghost. Thus we become his people; thus we receive blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of our salvation. God's peculiar people shall be made truly and for ever happy. Where God gives righteousness, he designs salvation. Those that are made meet for heaven, shall be brought safe to heaven, and will find what they have been seeking.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - He that hath clean hands. He whose hands are free from acts of sin (comp. Psalm 15:2-5), and not only so, but he who hath also a pure heart, since the heart is the source of all evil (Matthew 15:19, 20), and wrongful words and wicked acts are the necessary results of the heart being impure. "God's demands upon his people," as Hengstenberg observes, "go beyond the domain of action. Those only see him - those only are fit to ascend into his hill - who have a pure heart." Who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity; i.e. who has not lusted after vain and worthless things, whose desires are subdued, brought into captivity to the Law of God, and kept under strict control. This is really implied in purity of heart. Nor sworn deceitfully. False swearing is the worst - or, at any rate, one of the worst - sins of the tongue. The psalmist means to say that a man is not fit to draw near to God unless he is righteous in act, in thought, and in word.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart,.... Though "clean hands" are mentioned first, as being more obvious to view, and better known, and more subject to the cognizance and observation of others; yet a "pure heart" is first in being and in order; from whence cleanness of hands, when right and truth springs: no man has a pure heart naturally and of himself: the heart is desperately wicked; the imagination of the thoughts of it is evil continually; the mind and conscience are defiled with sin; nor can any man make his heart clean, or say he is pure from sin; but it is God that creates a clean heart, and renews a right spirit within men, and purifies the heart by faith, which is led to the blood of sprinkling, which purges the conscience, and cleanseth it from all sin; and from this purity of heart flows purity of life and conversation, signified by "clean hands"; the hand being the instrument of action, holy actions, or good works, performed from a principle of grace, are meant; the phrase is expressive of a holy, harmless, and innocent conversation, washing the hands being used to denote innocence, Matthew 27:24; not a conversation entirely free from sin, nor by which a man is justified before God; for though he wash his hands ever so clean, they will not be pure in his sight, and will need washing in the blood of the Lamb; but it denotes a conversation upright in general, and declares a man righteous in the sight of men, and distinguishes him from one of a dissolute life, whose hands are full of blood, and defiled with sin;

who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity; or "set his heart upon" (g), and desired vain things, as the phrase is sometimes used, Deuteronomy 24:15; that is, the vain things of this world; as the riches, honours, pleasures, and profits of it; or has not served other gods, the idols of the Gentiles, which are lying vanities, but has lifted up his soul to God, and served him only: or "who hath not received his soul in vain" (h); from the hands of God, but loves him with all his soul, believes with the heart in Christ for righteousness, being sanctified by the Spirit of God; and so the desire of his soul is to his name, and the remembrance of him. The "Keri", or marginal reading, according to the points, is, "who hath not lifted up my soul to vanity" (i); that is, has not taken the name of God in vain, or swore falsely by his name; his soul being put for his name or himself; and by which he is said sometimes to swear, Jeremiah 51:14; and this sense the Jewish interpreters (k) generally give into. The Targum seems to take in both the writing of the text and the marginal reading, as it often does, and renders the words, "who hath not sworn in vain, to the condemnation of his soul"; though sometimes to his own disadvantage, yet not to the hurt of others; see Psalm 15:4; it follows,

nor sworn deceitfully; by bearing false witness against any man; or by cheating him out of his substance through a false oath.

(g) "non inhiat, aut intentus est", Vatablus, Amama; so Gejerus, Michaelis. (h) So Pagninus. (i) "Animam meam", Montanus, Vatablus, Hillerus. (k) Jarchi, Aben Ezra, Kimchi, & Ben Melech in loc.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. lifted up his soul—is to set the affections (Ps 25:1) on an object; here,

vanity—or, any false thing, of which swearing falsely, or to falsehood, is a specification.

Psalm 24:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Earth is the Lord's
3Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? And who may stand in His holy place? 4He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood And has not sworn deceitfully. 5He shall receive a blessing from the LORD And righteousness from the God of his salvation.…
Cross References
Matthew 5:8
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

1 Timothy 2:8
Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.

2 Samuel 22:21
"The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.

Job 17:9
Nevertheless, the righteous will hold to their ways, and those with clean hands will grow stronger.

Job 22:30
He will deliver even one who is not innocent, who will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands."

Psalm 15:2
The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart;

Psalm 15:4
who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the LORD; who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind;

Psalm 18:20
The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.

Psalm 22:30
Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord.

Psalm 26:6
I wash my hands in innocence, and go about your altar, LORD,

Psalm 51:10
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Psalm 73:1
A psalm of Asaph. Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.

Proverbs 22:11
One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend.

Isaiah 33:15
Those who walk righteously and speak what is right, who reject gain from extortion and keep their hands from accepting bribes, who stop their ears against plots of murder and shut their eyes against contemplating evil--

Ezekiel 18:15
"He does not eat at the mountain shrines or look to the idols of Israel. He does not defile his neighbor's wife.
Treasury of Scripture

He that has clean hands, and a pure heart; who has not lifted up his soul to vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

He that. [heb.] the clean of hands

Psalm 18:20 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to …

Psalm 26:6 I will wash my hands in innocence: so will I compass your altar, O LORD:

Job 9:30 If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;

Job 17:9 The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that has clean hands …

Isaiah 1:15,16 And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you: …

Isaiah 33:15,16 He that walks righteously, and speaks uprightly; he that despises …

1 Timothy 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, …

James 4:8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, …

pure

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Psalm 73:1 Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.

Genesis 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth…

Proverbs 20:9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

Jeremiah 4:14 O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved. …

Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Acts 15:9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves …

Revelation 21:1-4,27 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and …

Revelation 22:14,15 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right …

lifted

Psalm 25:1 To you, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.

Psalm 143:8 Cause me to hear your loving kindness in the morning; for in you …

Deuteronomy 4:19 And lest you lift up your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun, …

Ezekiel 18:6,15 And has not eaten on the mountains, neither has lifted up his eyes …

Acts 14:15 And saying, Sirs, why do you these things? We also are men of like …

sworn

Psalm 15:4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honors them that …

Jeremiah 5:2 And though they say, The LORD lives; surely they swear falsely.

Jeremiah 7:9,10 Will you steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and …

Zechariah 5:3,4 Then said he to me, This is the curse that goes forth over the face …

Malachi 3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness …

1 Timothy 1:10 For fornicators, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for …

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