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18 Bible Verses about Ablution

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Genesis 43:24

The steward brought the men into Joseph’s house, gave them water to wash their feet, and got feed for their donkeys.

Exodus 19:14

Then Moses came down from the mountain to the people and consecrated them, and they washed their clothes.

2 Samuel 12:20

Then David got up from the ground. He washed, anointed himself, changed his clothes, went to the Lord’s house, and worshiped. Then he went home and requested something to eat. So they served him food, and he ate.

Mark 7:3

(For the Pharisees, in fact all the Jews, will not eat unless they wash their hands ritually, keeping the tradition of the elders.

Exodus 30:18-21

“Make a bronze basin for washing and a bronze stand for it. Set it between the tent of meeting and the altar, and put water in it. Aaron and his sons must wash their hands and feet from the basin. Whenever they enter the tent of meeting or approach the altar to minister by burning up an offering to the Lord, they must wash with water so that they will not die. read more.
They must wash their hands and feet so that they will not die; this is to be a permanent statute for them, for Aaron and his descendants throughout their generations.”

Exodus 40:30-31

He set the basin between the tent of meeting and the altar and put water in it for washing. Moses, Aaron, and his sons washed their hands and feet from it.

Leviticus 14:7-9

He will then sprinkle the blood seven times on the one who is to be cleansed from the skin disease. He is to pronounce him clean and release the live bird over the open countryside. The one who is to be cleansed must wash his clothes, shave off all his hair, and bathe with water; he is clean. Afterward he may enter the camp, but he must remain outside his tent for seven days. He is to shave off all his hair again on the seventh day: his head, his beard, his eyebrows, and the rest of his hair. He is to wash his clothes and bathe himself with water; he is clean.

Leviticus 15:5-10

Anyone who touches his bed is to wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will remain unclean until evening. Whoever sits on furniture that the man with the discharge was sitting on is to wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will remain unclean until evening. Whoever touches the body of the man with a discharge is to wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will remain unclean until evening. read more.
If the man with the discharge spits on anyone who is clean, he is to wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will remain unclean until evening. Any saddle the man with the discharge rides on will be unclean. Whoever touches anything that was under him will be unclean until evening, and whoever carries such things is to wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will remain unclean until evening.

Leviticus 14:52

He will purify the house with the blood of the bird, the fresh water, the live bird, the cedar wood, the hyssop, and the scarlet yarn.

Mark 7:1-5

The Traditions of the EldersThe Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Him. They observed that some of His disciples were eating their bread with unclean—that is, unwashed—hands. (For the Pharisees, in fact all the Jews, will not eat unless they wash their hands ritually, keeping the tradition of the elders. read more.
When they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they have washed. And there are many other customs they have received and keep, like the washing of cups, jugs, copper utensils, and dining couches.) Then the Pharisees and the scribes asked Him, “Why don’t Your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders, instead of eating bread with ritually unclean hands?”

John 13:12

When Jesus had washed their feet and put on His robe, He reclined again and said to them, “Do you know what I have done for you?

Luke 11:38

When the Pharisee saw this, he was amazed that He did not first perform the ritual washing before dinner.

Exodus 40:31

Moses, Aaron, and his sons washed their hands and feet from it.

Exodus 30:20

Whenever they enter the tent of meeting or approach the altar to minister by burning up an offering to the Lord, they must wash with water so that they will not die.

Exodus 19:10

And the Lord told Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. They must wash their clothes

Hebrews 6:2

teaching about ritual washings, laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.

John 13:5

Next, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet and to dry them with the towel tied around Him.

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Ablution » Of the feet

Genesis 19:2

and said, “My lords, turn aside to your servant’s house, wash your feet, and spend the night. Then you can get up early and go on your way.”“No,” they said. “We would rather spend the night in the square.”

Genesis 24:32

So the man came to the house, and the camels were unloaded. Straw and feed were given to the camels, and water was brought to wash his feet and the feet of the men with him.

Genesis 43:24

The steward brought the men into Joseph’s house, gave them water to wash their feet, and got feed for their donkeys.

Exodus 30:19

Aaron and his sons must wash their hands and feet from the basin.

Ablution » of priests

Exodus 29:4

Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the tent of meeting and wash them with water.

Exodus 36:18-21

He made 50 bronze clasps to join the tent together as a single unit. He also made a covering for the tent from ram skins dyed red and a covering of manatee skins on top of it. He made upright planks of acacia wood for the tabernacle. read more.
The length of each plank was 15 feet, and the width of each was 27 inches.

Exodus 40:12

“Then bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the tent of meeting and wash them with water.

Exodus 40:31-32

Moses, Aaron, and his sons washed their hands and feet from it. They washed whenever they came to the tent of meeting and approached the altar, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

Leviticus 8:6

Then Moses presented Aaron and his sons and washed them with water.

Ablution » Cleanliness » Examples of

Genesis 43:24

The steward brought the men into Joseph’s house, gave them water to wash their feet, and got feed for their donkeys.

Exodus 19:14

Then Moses came down from the mountain to the people and consecrated them, and they washed their clothes.

2 Samuel 12:20

Then David got up from the ground. He washed, anointed himself, changed his clothes, went to the Lord’s house, and worshiped. Then he went home and requested something to eat. So they served him food, and he ate.

Mark 7:3

(For the Pharisees, in fact all the Jews, will not eat unless they wash their hands ritually, keeping the tradition of the elders.

Ablution » Of the hands, as a token of innocency

Deuteronomy 21:6

All the elders of the city nearest to the victim will wash their hands by the stream over the young cow whose neck has been broken.

Psalm 26:6

I wash my hands in innocence
and go around Your altar, Lord,

Matthew 27:24

When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that a riot was starting instead, he took some water, washed his hands in front of the crowd, and said, “I am innocent of this man’s blood. See to it yourselves!”

Ablution » Of burnt offerings

2 Chronicles 4:6

He made 10 basins for washing and he put five on the right and five on the left. The parts of the burnt offering were rinsed in them, but the reservoir was used by the priests for washing.

Leviticus 1:9

The offerer must wash its entrails and shanks with water. Then the priest will burn all of it on the altar as a burnt offering, a fire offering of a pleasing aroma to the Lord.

Leviticus 1:13

But he is to wash the entrails and shanks with water. The priest will then present all of it and burn it on the altar; it is a burnt offering, a fire offering of a pleasing aroma to the Lord.

Leviticus 9:14

He washed the entrails and the shanks and burned them with the burnt offering on the altar.

Ablution » Of the hands

Exodus 30:18-21

"Make a bronze basin for washing and a bronze stand for it. Set it between the tent of meeting and the altar, and put water in it. Aaron and his sons must wash their hands and feet from the basin. Whenever they enter the tent of meeting or approach the altar to minister by burning up an offering to the Lord, they must wash with water so that they will not die. read more.
They must wash their hands and feet so that they will not die; this is to be a permanent statute for them, for Aaron and his descendants throughout their generations."

Exodus 40:30-32

He set the basin between the tent of meeting and the altar and put water in it for washing. Moses, Aaron, and his sons washed their hands and feet from it. They washed whenever they came to the tent of meeting and approached the altar, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

Ablution » For defilement » Those having eaten that which died

Leviticus 17:15-16

"Every person, whether the native or the foreigner, who eats an animal that died a natural death or was mauled by wild beasts is to wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will remain unclean until evening; he will be clean. But if he does not wash [his clothes] and bathe himself, he will bear his punishment."

Ablution » Traditional forms of, not observed by jesus

Luke 11:38-39

When the Pharisee saw this, he was amazed that He did not first perform the ritual washing before dinner. But the Lord said to him: "Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and evil.

Ablution » For defilement » Bloody

Leviticus 15:5-13

Anyone who touches his bed is to wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will remain unclean until evening. Whoever sits on furniture that the man with the discharge was sitting on is to wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will remain unclean until evening. Whoever touches the body of the man with a discharge is to wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will remain unclean until evening. read more.
If the man with the discharge spits on anyone who is clean, he is to wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will remain unclean until evening. Any saddle the man with the discharge rides on will be unclean. Whoever touches anything that was under him will be unclean until evening, and whoever carries such things is to wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will remain unclean until evening. If the man with the discharge touches anyone without [first] rinsing his hands in water, the person who was touched is to wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will remain unclean until evening. Any clay pot that the man with the discharge touches must be broken, while any wooden utensil must be rinsed with water. "When the man with the discharge has been cured of it, he is to count seven days for his cleansing, wash his clothes, and bathe his body in fresh water; he will be clean.

Ablution » For defilement » Of lepers

Leviticus 14:8-9

The one who is to be cleansed must wash his clothes, shave off all his hair, and bathe with water; he is clean. Afterwards he may enter the camp, but he must remain outside his tent for seven days. He is to shave off all his hair [again] on the seventh day: his head, his beard, his eyebrows, and the rest of his hair. He is to wash his clothes and bathe himself with water; he is clean.

Ablution » Of infants

Ezekiel 16:4

As for your birth, your umbilical cord wasn’t cut on the day you were born, and you weren’t washed clean with water. You were not rubbed with salt or wrapped in cloths.

Ablution » Of the face

Ablution » Of the dead

Acts 9:37

In those days she became sick and died. After washing her, they placed her in a room upstairs.

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