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Various ceremonial washings were enjoined in the Mosaic law, both upon priests, Exodus 30:19-21 , and upon others, Leviticus 12:1 ; 15:33 Hebrews 9:10 .

These were significant of spiritual purification through the Savior's blood, Titus 3:5 Revelation 1:5 , as well as of that holiness without which none can see God. To these the Jews added other traditional ablutions, Mark 7:2-4 ; and regarded it as an act of impiety to neglect them, as Christ frequently did, Luke 11:38 . The washing of the hands before and after meals, Matthew 15:2 , called for by their custom of feeding themselves with their fingers, is still practiced in Syria. See cut in BED .

Where there is a servant in attendance, he pours water from a pitcher over his master's hands, holding also a broad vessel underneath them, 2 Kings 3:11 Psalm 60:8 . See Deuteronomy 21:6 Matthew 27:24 ; and has given rise to the proverbial saying common among us, "I wash my hands of that."

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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'Washing'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. 1859.

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