'Washing' in the Bible
"Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the Elders by not washing their hands before meals?"
(For the Pharisees and all the Jews--being, as they are, zealous for the traditions of the Elders--never eat without first carefully washing their hands,
and when they come from market they will not eat without bathing first; and they have a good many other customs which they have received traditionally and cling to, such as the rinsing of cups and pots and of bronze utensils, and the washing of beds.)
He, however, saw two fishing-boats drawn up on the beach (for the men had gone away from them and were washing the nets)
But, as it happened, just at that time she was taken ill and died. After washing her body they laid it out in a room upstairs.
And, corresponding to that figure, the water of baptism now saves you--not the washing off of material defilement, but the craving of a good conscience after God--through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,