I concluded, 1 “Surely in vain I have kept my motives 2 pure and maintained a pure lifestyle. 3
Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure; in vain have I washed my hands in innocence.
Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure And washed my hands in innocence;
Was it for nothing that I kept my heart pure and kept myself from doing wrong?
I've been stupid to play by the rules; what has it gotten me?
As for me, I have made my heart clean to no purpose, washing my hands in righteousness;
All in vain I have kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence.
Surely I have cleansed my heart in vain, And washed my hands in innocence.
Verily I have cleansed
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I concluded, “Surely
I have kept my motives
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1 tn The words “I concluded” are supplied in the translation. It is apparent that vv. 13-14 reflect the psalmist’s thoughts at an earlier time (see vv. 2-3), prior to the spiritual awakening he describes in vv. 17-28.
2 tn Heb “heart,” viewed here as the seat of one’s thoughts and motives.
3 tn Heb “and washed my hands in innocence.” The psalmist uses an image from cultic ritual to picture his moral lifestyle. The reference to “hands” suggests actions.