24:4 The one whose deeds are blameless
and whose motives are pure, 1
who does not lie, 2
or make promises with no intention of keeping them. 3
and vindicated by the God who delivers them. 5
24:6 Such purity characterizes the people who seek his favor,
Jacob’s descendants, who pray to him. 6 (Selah)
1 tn Heb “the innocent of hands and the pure of heart.” The “hands” allude to one’s actions, the “heart” to one’s thought life and motives.
2 tn Heb “who does not lift up for emptiness my life.” The first person pronoun on נַפְשִׁי (nafshiy, “my life”) makes little sense here; many medieval Hebrew
3 tn Heb “and does not swear an oath deceitfully.”
4 tn Heb “he (the righteous individual described in v. 4) lifts up a blessing from the
5 tn “and vindication from the God of his deliverance.”
sn This verse presents a somewhat idealized view of Jacob’s descendants as devoted worshipers of the Lord.