Psalm 73:13
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New International Version
Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure and have washed my hands in innocence.

King James Bible
Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.

Darby Bible Translation
Truly have I purified my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency:

World English Bible
Surely in vain I have cleansed my heart, and washed my hands in innocence,

Young's Literal Translation
Only -- a vain thing! I have purified my heart, And I wash in innocency my hands,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

I have cleansed my heart in vain - It is no advantage to us to worship the true God, to walk according to the law of righteousness, and keep the ordinances of the Most High.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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Job 9:27,31 If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort myself...

Job 21:15 What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray to him?

Job 34:9 For he has said, It profits a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.

Job 35:3 For you said, What advantage will it be to you? and, What profit shall I have, if I be cleansed from my sin?

Malachi 3:14 You have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance...

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Psalm 24:4 He that has clean hands, and a pure heart; who has not lifted up his soul to vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

Psalm 26:6 I will wash my hands in innocence: so will I compass your altar, O LORD:

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Hebrews 10:19-22 Having therefore, brothers, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus...

James 4:8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded.

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Nearness to God the Key to Life's Puzzle
'It is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all Thy works.'--PSALM lxxiii. 28. The old perplexity as to how it comes, if God is good and wise and strong, that bad men should prosper and good men should suffer, has been making the Psalmist's faith reel. He does not answer the question exactly as the New Testament would have done, but he does find a solution sufficient for himself in two thoughts, the transiency of that outward prosperity, and the
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

What is Meant by "Altogether Lovely"
Let us consider this excellent expression, and particularly reflect on what is contained in it, and you shall find this expression "altogether lovely." First, It excludes all unloveliness and disagreeableness from Jesus Christ. As a theologian long ago said, "There is nothing in him which is not loveable." The excellencies of Jesus Christ are perfectly exclusive of all their opposites; there is nothing of a contrary property or quality found in him to contaminate or devaluate his excellency. And
John Flavel—Christ Altogether Lovely

The Great Gain of Godliness
'And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, all the days of Solomon. 26. And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen. 27. And those officers provided victual for king Solomon, and for all that came unto king Solomon's table, every man in his month: they lacked nothing. 28. Barley also and straw for the horses and dromedaries brought they unto the place where the officers were,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Of Meditating on the Future Life.
1. The design of God in afflicting his people. 1. To accustom us to despise the present life. Our infatuated love of it. Afflictions employed as the cure. 2. To lead us to aspire to heaven. 2. Excessive love of the present life prevents us from duly aspiring to the other. Hence the disadvantages of prosperity. Blindness of the human judgment. Our philosophizing on the vanity of life only of momentary influence. The necessity of the cross. 3. The present life an evidence of the divine favour to his
John Calvin—The Institutes of the Christian Religion

Cross References
Job 21:15
Who is the Almighty, that we should serve him? What would we gain by praying to him?'

Job 34:9
For he says, 'There is no profit in trying to please God.'

Job 35:3
Yet you ask him, 'What profit is it to me, and what do I gain by not sinning?'

Psalm 26:6
I wash my hands in innocence, and go about your altar, LORD,

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