Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure
And washed my hands in innocence;
“For he has said, ‘It profits a man nothing
When he is pleased with God.’
I shall wash my hands in innocence,
And I will go about Your altar, O Lord,
‘Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him,
And what would we gain if we entreat Him?’
“For you say, ‘What advantage will it be to You?
What profit will I have, more than if I had sinned?’
“Though I say, ‘I will forget my complaint,
I will leave off my sad countenance and be cheerful,’
Yet You would plunge me into the pit,
And my own clothes would abhor me.
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood
And has not sworn deceitfully.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God; and what profit is it that we have kept His charge, and that we have walked in mourning before the Lord of hosts?
Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus,
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.