New American Standard Bible
"If I should wash myself with snow And cleanse my hands with lye,
King James Bible
If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;
Darby Bible Translation
If I washed myself with snow-water, and cleansed my hands in purity,
World English Bible
If I wash myself with snow, and cleanse my hands with lye,
Young's Literal Translation
If I have washed myself with snow-water, And purified with soap my hands,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
If I wash myself with snow water - If I should make myself as pure as possible, and should become, in my view, perfectly holy. Snow water, it seems, was regarded as especially pure. The whiteness of snow itself perhaps suggested the idea that the water of melted snow was better than other for purification. Washing the hands formerly was an emblem of cleansing from guilt. Hence Pilate, when he gave up the Savior to death, took water and washed his hands before the multitude, and said that he was innocent of his blood; Matthew 27:24. The expression used here by Job, also is imitated by the Psalmist, to denote his innocence:
I will wash mine hands in innocency:
So will I compass thine altar, O Lord. Psalm 26:6.
Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain,
And washed my hands in innocency.
LibraryWashed to Greater Foulness
Turning to my text, let me say, that as one is startled by a shriek, or saddened by a groan, so these sharp utterances of Job astonish us at first, and then awake our pity. How much are we troubled with brotherly compassion as we read the words,--"If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean; yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me!" The sense of misery couched in this passage baffles description. Yet this is but one of a series, in which sentence …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 32: 1886
The Power of God
Whether Man Can Know that He Has Grace?
Opposition to Messiah in Vain
Yet You would plunge me into the pit, And my own clothes would abhor me.
"If my step has turned from the way, Or my heart followed my eyes, Or if any spot has stuck to my hands,
"For you say, 'What advantage will it be to You? What profit will I have, more than if I had sinned?'
"Although you wash yourself with lye And use much soap, The stain of your iniquity is before Me," declares the Lord GOD.
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