Draw near to God and He will draw near to you Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
and he went out to meet Asa and said to him, "Listen to me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: the LORD is with you when you are with Him And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.
"From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from My statutes and have not kept them Return to Me, and I will return to you," says the LORD of hosts. "But you say, 'How shall we return?'
"Therefore say to them, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, "Return to Me," declares the LORD of hosts, "that I may return to you," says the LORD of hosts.
Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near.
Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart,
And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
Abraham came near and said, "Will You indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked?
"As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.
"Nevertheless the righteous will hold to his way, And he who has clean hands will grow stronger and stronger.
The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood And has not sworn deceitfully.
I shall wash my hands in innocence, And I will go about Your altar, O LORD,
Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure And washed my hands in innocence;
But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, That I may tell of all Your works.
"So when you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you; Yes, even though you multiply prayers, I will not listen Your hands are covered with blood.
Anyone who is found will be thrust through, And anyone who is captured will fall by the sword.
Then the Lord said, "Because this people draw near with their words And honor Me with their lip service, But they remove their hearts far from Me, And their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote,
In that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem, "A scorching wind from the bare heights in the wilderness in the direction of the daughter of My people--not to winnow and not to cleanse,
Wash your heart from evil, O Jerusalem, That you may be saved. How long will your wicked thoughts Lodge within you?
"Cast away from you all your transgressions which you have committed and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! For why will you die, O house of Israel?
"Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.
"Come, let us return to the LORD For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us.
"Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.
"Why do Your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread."
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence.
When Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but rather that a riot was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd, saying, "I am innocent of this Man's blood; see to that yourselves."
But the Lord said to him, "Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the platter; but inside of you, you are full of robbery and wickedness.
and He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith.
Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension.
(for the Law made nothing perfect), and on the other hand there is a bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.
let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you--not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience--through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
"If I should wash myself with snow And cleanse my hands with lye,
Although there is no violence in my hands, And my prayer is pure.