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

New Living Translation
I wash my hands to declare my innocence. I come to your altar, O LORD,

English Standard Version
I wash my hands in innocence and go around your altar, O LORD,

Berean Study Bible
I wash my hands in innocence that I may go about Your altar, O LORD,

King James Bible
I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O LORD:

New King James Version
I will wash my hands in innocence; So I will go about Your altar, O LORD,

New American Standard Bible
I will wash my hands in innocence, And I will go around Your altar, LORD,

NASB 1995
I shall wash my hands in innocence, And I will go about Your altar, O LORD,

NASB 1977
I shall wash my hands in innocence, And I will go about Thine altar, O LORD,

Amplified Bible
I will wash my hands in innocence, And I will go about Your altar, O LORD,

Christian Standard Bible
I wash my hands in innocence and go around your altar, LORD,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I wash my hands in innocence and go around Your altar, LORD,

American Standard Version
I will wash my hands in innocency: So will I compass thine altar, O Jehovah;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I have washed my hands purely, and I have gone around your altar, LORD JEHOVAH.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
I will wash my hands in innocency, and compass thine altar, O Lord:

Contemporary English Version
I wash my hands, LORD, to show my innocence, and I worship at your altar,

Douay-Rheims Bible
I will wash my hands among the innocent; and will compass thy altar, O Lord:

English Revised Version
I will wash mine hands in innocency; so will I compass thine altar, O LORD:

Good News Translation
LORD, I wash my hands to show that I am innocent and march in worship around your altar.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I will wash my hands in innocence. I will walk around your altar, O LORD,

International Standard Version
I wash my hands innocently. I go around your altar, LORD,

JPS Tanakh 1917
I will wash my hands in innocency; So will I compass Thine altar, O LORD,

Literal Standard Version
I wash my hands in innocence, "" And I go around Your altar, O YHWH.

NET Bible
I maintain a pure lifestyle, so I can appear before your altar, O LORD,

New Heart English Bible
I will wash my hands in innocence, so I will go about your altar, LORD;

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Vindicate Me, O LORD
5I hate the mob of evildoers, and refuse to sit with the wicked. 6I wash my hands in innocence that I may go about Your altar, O LORD, 7to raise my voice in thanksgiving and declare all Your wonderful works.…

Cross References
Genesis 20:5
Didn't Abraham tell me, 'She is my sister'? And she herself said, 'He is my brother.' I have done this in the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my hands."

Leviticus 8:6
Then Moses presented Aaron and his sons and washed them with water.

Psalm 24:4
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear deceitfully.

Psalm 43:3
Send out Your light and Your truth; let them lead me. Let them bring me to Your holy mountain, and to the place where You dwell.

Psalm 43:4
Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my greatest joy. I will praise You with the harp, O God, my God.

Psalm 73:13
Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure; in innocence I have washed my hands.

Isaiah 1:16
Wash and cleanse yourselves. Remove your evil deeds from My sight. Stop doing evil!


Treasury of Scripture

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

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Psalm 24:4
He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

Psalm 73:13
Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.

Exodus 30:19,20
For Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet thereat: …

so will

Psalm 43:4
Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.

Malachi 2:11-13
Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the LORD which he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange god…

Matthew 5:23,24
Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; …









(6) I will wash.--First a symbolical action (Deuteronomy 21:6 seq.; Matthew 27:24), then a figure of speech (Job 9:30; Ezekiel 36:25). The Levitical authorship or, at all events, the Levitical character of the psalm appears from comparison of this with Exodus 30:17 seq.

So will I.--Better, that I may, &c. There is no other reference in Jewish literature to the custom of pacing round the altar, but it was a very natural and obvious addition to a gorgeous ceremonial--like the processions in churches where a high ceremonial is adopted. It is, however, implied from the Talmud that it was part of the ceremonial of the Feast of Tabernacles for people to march round the altar with palms.

Verse 6. - I will wash mine hands in innoceney; so will I compass thine altar, O Lord. This seems to be the key-note of the psalm. If not a necessary, it is at any rate a probable, exegesis, that David composed this psalm on an occasion when he was about to offer a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to God for some mercy recently vouchsafed him (ver. 7). Before offering, he feels the necessity of doing spiritually that which the priest' who officiated would have to do ceremonially (Exodus 30:17-21) - to "wash his hands in innocency, and so to go to God's altar." His self-justification from ver. 1 to ver. 5 has had for its object to clear him from guilt.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
I wash
אֶרְחַ֣ץ (’er·ḥaṣ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 7364: To wash, wash off or away, bathe

my hands
כַּפָּ֑י (kap·pāy)
Noun - fdc | first person common singular
Strong's 3709: Hollow or flat of the hand, palm, sole (of the foot), a pan

in innocence
בְּנִקָּי֣וֹן (bə·niq·qā·yō·wn)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5356: Clearness

that I may come near
וַאֲסֹבְבָ֖ה (wa·’ă·sō·ḇə·ḇāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Conjunctive imperfect Cohortative - first person common singular
Strong's 5437: To turn about, go around, surround

Your altar,
מִזְבַּחֲךָ֣ (miz·ba·ḥă·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 4196: An altar

O LORD,
יְהוָֽה׃ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel


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