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Even if I washed myself with soap and my hands with cleansing powder,
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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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
If I wash myself with snow water - Supposed to have a more detergent quality than common water; and it was certainly preferred to common water by the ancients. Of this we find an example in an elegant but licentious author: Tandem ergo discubuimus, pueris Alexandrinis Aquam in manus Nivatam infundentibus, aliisque insequentibus ad pedes - Petr. Satyr., cap. xxxi. "At length we sat down, and had snow water poured on our hands by lads of Alexandria," etc. Mr. Good supposes that there is an allusion here to the ancient rite of washing the hands in token of innocence. See Psalm 26:6 : I will Wash my hands in Innocency; and Psalm 73:13 : Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and Washed my Hands in Innocency. And by this ceremony Pilate declared himself innocent of the blood of Christ, Matthew 27:24.
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What is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.--JAS. 4:14. My days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good. They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.--Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep . . . in the morning they are like grass which groweth up. In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up: in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.--Man that is born of a woman …
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Later English Reformers
you would plunge me into a slime pit so that even my clothes would detest me.
if my steps have turned from the path, if my heart has been led by my eyes, or if my hands have been defiled,
Yet you ask him, 'What profit is it to me, and what do I gain by not sinning?'
Although you wash yourself with soap and use an abundance of cleansing powder, the stain of your guilt is still before me," declares the Sovereign LORD.
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