Psalms 26:6

6 I wash my hands in innocence, and go about your altar, LORD,

Psalms 26:6 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
6 I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O LORD:
English Standard Version (ESV)
6 I wash my hands in innocence and go around your altar, O LORD,
New Living Translation (NLT)
6 I wash my hands to declare my innocence. I come to your altar, O LORD,
The Message Bible (MSG)
6 I scrub my hands with purest soap, then join hands with the others in the great circle, dancing around your altar, God,
American Standard Version (ASV)
6 I will wash my hands in innocency: So will I compass thine altar, O Jehovah;
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
6 I will wash my hands in innocence. I will walk around your altar, O LORD,
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
6 I wash my hands in innocence and go around Your altar, Lord,
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
6 I wash my hands to show that I'm not guilty. Lord, I come near your altar.

Psalms 26:6 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 26:6

I will wash my hands in innocency
The Vulgate Latin version renders it, "among innocent persons"; men of a holy harmless life and conversation; with these he determined to converse in common, and not with such as before described; or the sense is, that he would wash his hands, in token of his innocence, integrity, and uprightness, he had before spoke of, and of his having nothing to do with such evil men as now mentioned; see ( Deuteronomy 21:6 Deuteronomy 21:7 ) ( Matthew 27:24 ) ; "hands" are the instrument of action, and to "wash" them may design the performance of good works, ( Job 9:30 ) ; and to do this "in innocency", or "purity", may signify the performance of them from a pure heart, a good conscience, and faith unfeigned; and particularly may have some respect to the lifting up of holy hands in prayer to God, previous to public worship; there seems to be an allusion to the priests washing their hands before they offered sacrifice, ( Exodus 30:19-21 ) ;

so will I compass thine altar, O Lord;
frequent the house of God, where the altar was, and constantly attend the worship and ordinances of God; the work of the altar being put for the whole of divine service; the altar of burnt offering is here meant, which was a type of Christ; see ( Hebrews 13:10 ) ; reference is had to the priests at the altar, who used to go round it, when they laid the sacrifice on the altar, and bound it to the horns of it, at the four corners, and there sprinkled and poured out the blood; compare ( Psalms 43:4 ) ; in order to which they washed their hands, as before; and in later times it was usual with the Heathens F25 to wash their hands before divine service.


F25 "----pura cum veste venito, et manibus puris sumite fontis aquam, nunc lavabo ut rem divinam faciam", Tibull. l. 2. eleg. 1. Plantus in Aullular. Act. 3. Sc. 6. Vide Homer. Odyss, 12. v. 336, 337.

Psalms 26:6 In-Context

4 I do not sit with the deceitful, nor do I associate with hypocrites.
5 I abhor the assembly of evildoers and refuse to sit with the wicked.
6 I wash my hands in innocence, and go about your altar, LORD,
7 proclaiming aloud your praise and telling of all your wonderful deeds.
8 LORD, I love the house where you live, the place where your glory dwells.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Psalms 73:13; Matthew 27:24
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