How many of you have heard growing up that “cleanliness is next to Godliness”? Especially when mom or dad needed help cleaning the house or yard. I have been able to fool many people claiming that this famous quote is in the Bible – try it just for fun and you will be amazed at who will believe you.
So, to be totally clear, the quote “cleanliness is next to Godliness”, is NOT in the Bible. However, there is a Bible verse that could be construed as advocating this idea.
“The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever.” – Psalm 19:9 NKJV
So, does this mean that if you fear God that you will be clean? Or in otherwords, is cleanliness associated with the fear of the Lord? Well, yes, but not like you may be thinking. Let’s look at another Bible version for comparison.
“The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever.” – Psalm 19:9 NIV
The Hebrew word tahowr translated as “clean” in the NKJV and “pure” in the NIV means to be ceremonially and morally clean or unpolluted. In other words, true fear and reverence of God is pure, and those who fear the Lord are to be pure in heart.
So, in a sense, cleanliness is next to Godliness. What do you think?