New International Version
I wash my hands in innocence, and go about your altar, LORD,
King James Bible
I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O LORD:
Darby Bible Translation
I will wash my hands in innocency, and will encompass thine altar, O Jehovah,
World English Bible
I will wash my hands in innocence, so I will go about your altar, Yahweh;
Young's Literal Translation
I wash in innocency my hands, And I compass Thine altar, O Jehovah.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I will wash mine hands in innocency - Washing the hands was frequent among the Jews, and was sometimes an action by which a man declared his innocence of any base or wicked transaction. This Pilate did, to protest his innocence of the mal-treatment and death of Christ. I will maintain that innocence of life in which I have hitherto walked; and take care that nothing shall be found in my heart or life that would prevent me from using the most holy ordinance, or worshipping thee in spirit and truth.
So wilt I compass thine altar - It is a mark of respect among the Hindoos to walk several times round a superior, and round a temple.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryQuestion of the Comparison Between the Active and the Contemplative Life
I. Is the Active Life preferable to the Contemplative? Cardinal Cajetan, On Preparation for the Contemplative Life S. Augustine, Confessions, X., xliii. 70 " On Psalm xxvi. II. Is the Active Life more Meritorious than the Contemplative? III. Is the Active Life a Hindrance to the Contemplative Life? Cardinal Cajetan, On the True Interior Life S. Augustine, Sermon, CCLVI., v. 6 IV. Does the Active Life precede the Contemplative? I Is the Active Life preferable to the Contemplative? The Lord …
St. Thomas Aquinas—On Prayer and The Contemplative Life
Epistle v. To Theoctista, Sister of the Emperor.
The Greatness of the Soul,
Question of the Contemplative Life
Did he not say to me, 'She is my sister,' and didn't she also say, 'He is my brother'? I have done this with a clear conscience and clean hands."
Then Moses brought Aaron and his sons forward and washed them with water.
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.
Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.
Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.
Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure and have washed my hands in innocence.
Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong.
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