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 come near Your altar, O LORD,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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;

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

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

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

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

Jubilee Bible 2000
I will wash my hands in innocency, so I will walk near unto thine altar, O LORD:

King James 2000 Bible
I will wash my hands in innocence: so will I go about your altar, O LORD:

American King James Version
I will wash my hands in innocence: so will I compass your altar, O LORD:

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

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

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

Darby Bible Translation
I will wash my hands in innocency, and will encompass thine altar, O Jehovah,

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

Webster's Bible Translation
I will wash my hands in innocence: so will I compass thy altar, O 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.
Study Bible
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 come near 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 with a clear conscience and clean 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 falsehood, who does not 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; …







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

my hands
כַּפָּ֑י (kap·pāy)
Noun - fdc | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 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 Hebrew 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 Hebrew 5437: To turn about, go around, surround

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

O LORD,
יְהוָֽה׃ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel
(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. 26:9 David, in this psalm, appeals to God touching his integrity. - David here, by the Spirit of prophecy, speaks of himself as a type of Christ, of whom what he here says of his spotless innocence was fully and eminently true, and of Christ only, and to Him we may apply it. We are complete in him. The man that walks in his integrity, yet trusting wholly in the grace of God, is in a state of acceptance, according to the covenant of which Jesus was the Mediator, in virtue of his spotless obedience even unto death. This man desires to have his inmost soul searched and proved by the Lord. He is aware of the deceitfulness of his own heart; he desires to detect and mortify every sin; and he longs to be satisfied of his being a true believer, and to practise the holy commands of God. Great care to avoid bad company, is both a good evidence of our integrity, and a good means to keep us in it. Hypocrites and dissemblers may be found attending on God's ordinances; but it is a good sign of sincerity, if we attend upon them, as the psalmist here tells us he did, in the exercise of repentance and conscientious obedience. He feels his ground firm under him; and, as he delights in blessing the Lord with his congregations on earth, he trusts that shortly he shall join the great assembly in heaven, in singing praises to God and to the Lamb for evermore.
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