Psalm 24:4
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.

Berean Study Bible
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear 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.

New King James Version
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully.

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

NASB 1995
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood And has not sworn deceitfully.

NASB 1977
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood, And has not sworn deceitfully.

Amplified Bible
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to what is false, Nor has sworn [oaths] deceitfully.

Christian Standard Bible
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not appealed to what is false, and who has not 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.

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.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
He that is innocent in his hands and pure in his heart; who has not lifted up his soul to vanity, nor sworn deceitfully to his neighbour.

Contemporary English Version
Only those who do right for the right reasons, and don't worship idols or tell lies under oath.

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.

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.

Good News Translation
Those who are pure in act and in thought, who do not worship idols or make false promises.

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.

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.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; Who hath not taken My name in vain, And hath not sworn deceitfully.

Literal Standard Version
The clean of hands, and pure of heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to vanity, Nor has sworn to deceit.

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.

New Heart 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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Earth is the LORD's
3Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in His holy place? 4He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear deceitfully. 5He will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication 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 dissension.

2 Samuel 22:21
The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness; He has repaid me according to the cleanness of my hands.

Job 17:9
Yet a righteous one holds to his way, and the one with clean hands grows stronger.

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

Psalm 15:2
He who walks with integrity and practices righteousness, who speaks the truth from his heart,

Psalm 15:4
who despises the vile but honors those who fear the LORD, who does not revise a costly oath,


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.

Psalm 18:20
The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.

Psalm 26:6
I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O LORD:

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

pure

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

Psalm 73:1
A Psalm of Asaph. 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, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

lifted

Psalm 25:1
A Psalm of David. Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.

Psalm 143:8
Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.

Deuteronomy 4:19
And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.

sworn

Psalm 15:4
In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.

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

Jeremiah 7:9,10
Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not; …









(4) His soul.--The Hebrew margin is "my soul," a reading confirmed by the Alexandrian Codex of the LXX. The Rabbis defend it by saying soul here = name (comp. Amos 6:8; Jeremiah 51:14), and to lift up to vanity = to take in vain.

Vanity.--Evidently, from the parallelism, in the sense of falsehood, as in Job 31:5.

Deceitfully.--Literally, to fraud, from a root meaning to trip up. The LXX. and Vulg. add (from Psalms 15) "to his neighbour."

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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
He who has clean
נְקִ֥י (nə·qî)
Adjective - masculine singular construct
Strong's 5355: Clean, free from, exempt

hands
כַפַּ֗יִם (ḵap·pa·yim)
Noun - fd
Strong's 3709: Hollow or flat of the hand, palm, sole (of the foot), a pan

and a pure
וּֽבַר־ (ū·ḇar-)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1249: Beloved, pure, empty

heart,
לֵ֫בָ֥ב (lê·ḇāḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3824: Inner man, mind, will, heart

who
אֲשֶׁ֤ר ׀ (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

does not
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

lift up
נָשָׂ֣א (nā·śā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5375: To lift, carry, take

his soul
נַפְשִׁ֑י (nap̄·šî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

to falsehood,
לַשָּׁ֣וְא (laš·šāw)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7723: Evil, idolatry, uselessness

who does not
וְלֹ֖א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

swear
נִשְׁבַּ֣ע (niš·ba‘)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7650: To seven oneself, swear

deceitfully.
לְמִרְמָֽה׃ (lə·mir·māh)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 4820: Deceit, treachery


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