New Living Translation
Did I keep my heart pure for nothing? Did I keep myself innocent for no reason?
King James Bible
Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.
Darby Bible Translation
Truly have I purified my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency:
World English Bible
Surely in vain I have cleansed my heart, and washed my hands in innocence,
Young's Literal Translation
Only -- a vain thing! I have purified my heart, And I wash in innocency my hands,
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
73:13 In vain - Hence I was sometimes tempted, to think that religion was a vain, unprofitable thing. True religion is here described by its two principal parts, the cleansing of the heart, and the hands.
LibraryThe Bride, the Lamb's Wife
"Whom have I in Heaven but Thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee."--Ps. lxxiii. 25. Mechthild of Hellfde, 1277. tr., Emma Frances Bevan, 1899 Thus speaks the Bride whose feet have trod The chamber of eternal rest, The secret treasure-house of God, Where God is manifest: "Created things, arise and flee, Ye are but sorrow and care to me." This wide, wide world, so rich and fair, Thou sure canst find thy solace there? "Nay, 'neath the flowers the serpent glides, Amidst the bravery …
Frances Bevan—Hymns of Ter Steegen and Others (Second Series)
The Two Awakings
The Joy of the Lord.
Who is the Almighty, and why should we obey him? What good will it do us to pray?'
He has even said, 'Why waste time trying to please God?'
For you also ask, 'What's in it for me? What's the use of living a righteous life?'
I wash my hands to declare my innocence. I come to your altar, O LORD,
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