New American Standard Bible
so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,
King James Bible
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
Darby Bible Translation
in order that he might sanctify it, purifying it by the washing of water by the word,
World English Bible
that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of water with the word,
Young's Literal Translation
that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it with the bathing of the water in the saying,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
That he might sanctify - The great object of the Redeemer was to purify and save the church. The meaning here is, that a husband is to manifest similar love toward his wife, and a similar desire that she should be prepared to "walk before him in white".
And cleanse it with the washing of water - In all this there is an allusion doubtless to the various methods of purifying and cleansing those who were about to be married, and who were to be united to monarchs as their brides. In some instances this previous preparation continued for twelve months. The means of purification were various, but consisted usually in the use of costly unguents; see Esther 2:12. "Six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet odors, and with other things for the purifying of women;" compare Psalm 45:13-14; Ezekiel 16:7-14. As such a virgin was purified and prepared for her husband by washing and by anointing, so the church is to be prepared for Christ. It is to be made pure and holy. Outwardly there is to be the application of water - the symbol of purity; and within there is to be holiness of heart; see the notes on 2 Corinthians 11:2, where Paul says of the Corinthians, "I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ."
By the word - There has been much diversity of opinion respecting the meaning of this. Probably the sense of the expression is, that all this was to be accomplished by the instrumentality of the truth - the Word of God. By that truth they were to be sanctified John 17:17; and in accordance with that the whole work from the commencement to the close was to be accomplished. It was not by external ceremonies, and not by any miraculous power on the heart, but by the faithful application of truth to the heart.
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Then Moses had Aaron and his sons come near and washed them with water.
for it is on this day that atonement shall be made for you to cleanse you; you will be clean from all your sins before the LORD.
Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Jesus said to him, "He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you."
"You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
"Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.
'Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.'
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