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Psalms 26:6

    Psalms 26:6 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O LORD:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    I will wash my hands in innocency: So will I compass thine altar, O Jehovah;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    I will make my hands clean from sin; so will I go round your altar, O Lord;

    Webster's Revision

    I will wash my hands in innocency: So will I compass thine altar, O Jehovah;

    World English Bible

    I will wash my hands in innocence, so I will go about your altar, Yahweh;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    I will wash mine hands in innocency; so will I compass thine altar, O LORD:

    Definitions for Psalms 26:6

    Compass - To surround; encircle.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 26:6

    I will wash mine hands in innocency - Washing the hands was frequent among the Jews, and was sometimes an action by which a man declared his innocence of any base or wicked transaction. This Pilate did, to protest his innocence of the mal-treatment and death of Christ. I will maintain that innocence of life in which I have hitherto walked; and take care that nothing shall be found in my heart or life that would prevent me from using the most holy ordinance, or worshipping thee in spirit and truth.

    So wilt I compass thine altar - It is a mark of respect among the Hindoos to walk several times round a superior, and round a temple.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 26:6

    I will wash mine hands in innocency - The psalmist here refers, as another evidence of his piety, to the fact that it was a ruling purpose of his life to be pure, to worship and serve his Maker in purity. He had stated that he had no sympathy with the wicked, and that he did not make them his companions; he now states what his preferences were, and where his heart was to be found. He had loved, and he still loved the worship of God; he delighted in the pure service of the Most High. Washing the hands is an emblem of purity. So Pilate Matthew 27:24 "took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person." Compare Deuteronomy 21:6-7. The word rendered "innocency" means properly "cleanness, purity;" and perhaps the allusion here is to water that is perfectly pure. The sense of the passage is, that he would endeavor to make himself pure, and would thus worship God. He would not come, practicing iniquity, or cherishing sin in his heart. He would banish all from his mind and heart and life that was wrong, and would come with true love to God, and with the spirit of a sincere worshipper.

    So will I compass thine altar, O Lord - In this manner, and with this spirit, I will worship thee. The word "compass" may either mean that he would "embrace" it by throwing his arms around it, or that he would "go round" it with others in a solemn procession in worship. The idea is, that he would come to the altar of God with his offering in sincerity and truth. It was to himself one evidence of sincere piety that he so purposed in his heart, or that he was conscious of a desire to worship God in purity and truth. This desire is always an indication of true piety.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 26:6

    26:6 Compass - Approach to thine altar with my sacrifices: which I could not do with any comfort, if I were conscious of those crimes, whereof mine enemies accuse me.