New International Version
Always be clothed in white, and always anoint your head with oil.
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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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Let thy garments be always white - The Jews wore white garments on festal occasions, as emblems of joy and innocence. Be always pure, and always happy. The inhabitants of India are all dressed in clean white cotton, and to this is the allusion in the text.
The Targum says: "At all times let thy garments be washed and pure from the stain of sin. Acquire a good name, which is likened to the oil of anointing, that blessings may be called down up thy head, and goodness not forsake thee."
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"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest."--Eccles. ix. 10. Solomon's advice that we should do whatever our hand findeth to do with our might, naturally directs our thoughts to that great work in which all others are included, which will outlive all other works, and for which alone we really are placed here below--the salvation of our souls. And the consideration of this great work, …
John Henry Newman—Parochial and Plain Sermons, Vol. VII
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You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet.
Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
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