Wash your heart from evil, O Jerusalem, That you may be saved. How long will your wicked thoughts Lodge within you?
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
“How long, O naive ones, will you love being simple-minded? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing And fools hate knowledge?
“As for your adulteries and your lustful neighings, The lewdness of your prostitution On the hills in the field, I have seen your abominations. Woe to you, O Jerusalem! How long will you remain unclean?”
If I regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear;
Samekh. I hate those who are double-minded, But I love Your law.
“ Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil,
Let the wicked forsake his way And the unrighteous man his thoughts; And let him return to the Lord, And He will have compassion on him, And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.
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?
“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.
For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.
You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also.
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.
Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray the Lord that, if possible, the intention of your heart may be forgiven you.
For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
and again, “ The Lord knows the reasonings of the wise, that they are useless.”