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Let your clothes be white all the time, and let not oil be lacking on your head.
King James Bible
Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment.
Darby Bible Translation
Let thy garments be always white, and let not thy head lack oil.
World English Bible
Let your garments be always white, and don't let your head lack oil.
Young's Literal Translation
At all times let thy garments be white, and let not perfume be lacking on thy head.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
White garments and perfume are simply an expressive sign of joy.
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Now there was found in that city a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no one remembered that same poor man. Eccl. ix. 15. After these events it really seems as if Gaïnas, to use a modern expression, had completely lost his head, or, to give the view of it taken by himself and his contemporaries, as if a demon had begun to trouble him; for his conduct became aimless and uncertain. Discontent, revenge, ambition, and evil counsels destroyed in him all capacity for wise …
Frederic William Farrar—Gathering Clouds: A Tale of the Days of St. Chrysostom
Epistle cxxvii. From S. Columbanus to Pope Gregory .
Second Great Group of Parables.
"You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume.
'But you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments; and they will walk with Me in white, for they are worthy.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.
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