To cleanse of impurities. The term appears in a variety of contexts: to cleanse a land of idolatry (2Chr 34:3; 2Chr 34:8); to atone for sin or purify from iniquity (1Sam 3:14; Ps 65:3; Ps 79:9; Isa 6:7; Heb 1:3; Heb 10:2; 2Tim 2:21); and to prepare a new altar for use in Temple sacrifice (Ezek 43:20; Ezek 43:26). The purging or refining of metal was used as a metaphor for expiating sin (Isa 1:25; Mal 3:3). The removal of undesirable persons could be expressed as an explicit purging of rebels from the land (Ezek 20:38) or metaphorically as the purging of a threshing floor (Matt 3:12; Luke 3:17) or the purging of a lump of leaven (1Cor 5:7).

2Chr 34:3

3For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was still a boy, he began to seek the God of his ancestor David, and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah ... View more

2Chr 34:8

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8In the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had purged the land and the house, he sent Shaphan son of Azaliah, Maaseiah the g ... View more

1Sam 3:14

14Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be expiated by sacrifice or offering forever.”

Ps 65:3

3When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us,
you forgive our transgressions.

Ps 79:9

9Help us, O God of our salvation,
for the glory of your name;
deliver us, and forgive our sins,
for your name's sake.

Isa 6:7

7The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.”

Heb 1:3

3He is the reflection of God's glory and the exact imprint of God's very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification f ... View more

Heb 10:2

2Otherwise, would they not have ceased being offered, since the worshipers, cleansed once for all, would no longer have any consciousness of sin?

2Tim 2:21

21All who cleanse themselves of the things I have mentioned will become special utensils, dedicated and useful to the owner of the house, ready for every good w ... View more

Ezek 43:20

20And you shall take some of its blood, and put it on the four horns of the altar, and on the four corners of the ledge, and upon the rim all around; thus you s ... View more

Ezek 43:26

26Seven days shall they make atonement for the altar and cleanse it, and so consecrate it.

Isa 1:25

25I will turn my hand against you;
I will smelt away your dross as with lye
and remove all your alloy.

Mal 3:3

3he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings ... View more

Ezek 20:38

38I will purge out the rebels among you, and those who transgress against me; I will bring them out of the land where they reside as aliens, but they shall not ... View more

Matt 3:12

12His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquencha ... View more

Luke 3:17

17His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

1Cor 5:7

7Clean out the old yeast so that you may be a new batch, as you really are unleavened. For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed.

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