Psalm 73:13
New International Version
Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure and have washed my hands in innocence.

New Living Translation
Did I keep my heart pure for nothing? Did I keep myself innocent for no reason?

English Standard Version
All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence.

Berean Study Bible
Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure; in innocence I have washed my hands.

New American Standard Bible
Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure And washed my hands in innocence;

King James Bible
Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.

Christian Standard Bible
Did I purify my heart and wash my hands in innocence for nothing?

Contemporary English Version
What good did it do me to keep my thoughts pure and refuse to do wrong?

Good News Translation
Is it for nothing, then, that I have kept myself pure and have not committed sin?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Did I purify my heart and wash my hands in innocence for nothing?

International Standard Version
I kept my heart pure for nothing and kept my hands clean from guilt.

NET Bible
I concluded, "Surely in vain I have kept my motives pure and maintained a pure lifestyle.

New Heart English Bible
Surely in vain I have cleansed my heart, and washed my hands in innocence,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And I alone have purified my heart and have washed my hands in purity.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I've received no reward for keeping my life pure and washing my hands of any blame.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Surely in vain have I cleansed my heart, And washed my hands in innocency;

New American Standard 1977
Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure, And washed my hands in innocence;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Verily, in vain have I cleansed my heart and washed my hands in innocency

King James 2000 Bible
Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocence.

American King James Version
Truly I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocence.

American Standard Version
Surely in vain have I cleansed my heart, And washed my hands in innocency;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And I said, Verily in vain have I justified my heart, and washed my hands in innocency.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I said: Then have I in vain justified my heart, and washed my hands among the innocent.

Darby Bible Translation
Truly have I purified my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency:

English Revised Version
Surely in vain have I cleansed my heart, and washed my hands in innocency;

Webster's Bible Translation
Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocence.

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,
Study Bible
Endow the King with Your Justice
12Behold, these are the wicked—always carefree as they increase their wealth. 13Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure; in innocence I have washed my hands. 14For I am afflicted all day long and punished every morning.…
Cross References
Job 21:15
Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him, and what would we gain if we pray to Him?'

Job 34:9
For he has said, 'It profits a man nothing that he should delight in God.'

Job 35:3
For you ask, 'What does it profit me, and what benefit do I gain apart from sin?'

Psalm 26:6
I wash my hands in innocence that I may come near Your altar, O LORD,

Treasury of Scripture

Truly I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocence.

verily

Job 9:27,31
If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort myself: …

Job 21:15
What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?

Job 34:9
For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.

washed

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

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







Lexicon
Surely
אַךְ־ (’aḵ-)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 389: A particle of affirmation, surely

in vain
רִ֭יק (rîq)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7385: Emptiness, a worthless thing, in vain

I have kept my heart pure;
זִכִּ֣יתִי (zik·kî·ṯî)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 2135: To be translucent, to be innocent

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

I have washed
וָאֶרְחַ֖ץ (wā·’er·ḥaṣ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7364: To wash, wash off or away, bathe

my hands.
כַּפָּֽי׃ (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
Verse 13. - Verily, I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency. Such was the psalmist's first instinctive feeling, when he noticed the prosperity of the wicked. The Prayer book Version inserts, between this verse and the last, the words, "and I said;" which is correct, though somewhat free, exegesis. Compare with the expression, "I have washed my hands in innocency," Job's remarkable words, "If I wash myself with snow, and make my hands never so clean" (Job 9:30). 73:1-14 The psalmist was strongly tempted to envy the prosperity of the wicked; a common temptation, which has tried the graces of many saints. But he lays down the great principle by which he resolved to abide. It is the goodness of God. This is a truth which cannot be shaken. Good thoughts of God will fortify against Satan's temptations. The faith even of strong believers may be sorely shaken, and ready to fail. There are storms that will try the firmest anchors. Foolish and wicked people have sometimes a great share of outward prosperity. They seem to have the least share of the troubles of this life; and they seem to have the greatest share of its comforts. They live without the fear of God, yet they prosper, and get on in the world. Wicked men often spend their lives without much sickness, and end them without great pain; while many godly persons scarcely know what health is, and die with great sufferings. Often the wicked are not frightened, either by the remembrance of their sins, or the prospect of their misery, but they die without terror. We cannot judge men's state beyond death, by what passes at their death. He looked abroad, and saw many of God's people greatly at a loss. Because the wicked are so very daring, therefore his people return hither; they know not what to say to it, and the rather, because they drink deep of the bitter cup of affliction. He spoke feelingly when he spoke of his own troubles; there is no disputing against sense, except by faith. From all this arose a strong temptation to cast off religion. But let us learn that the true course of sanctification consists in cleansing a man from all pollution both of soul and body. The heart is cleansed by the blood of Christ laid hold upon by faith; and by the begun works of the Lord's Spirit, manifested in the hearty resolution, purpose, and study of holiness, and a blameless course of life and actions, the hands are cleansed. It is not in vain to serve God and keep his ordinances.
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