73:13 I concluded, 1 “Surely in vain I have kept my motives 2 pure
and maintained a pure lifestyle. 3
73:14 I suffer all day long,
and am punished every morning.”
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.