If you've been following our series on a Clean Heart - you may remember that as we went through all of the references to the word clean, I included a number at the beginning of each line. These numbers correspond to the definitions I'm going to share today. These are the definitions of the words we translate to clean in the NIV Bible.
1: clean; pure; flawless; free from impurity; moral or ceremonial purity as a figurative extension of an object being free from defect or filth.
2: cleanness; purity; by extension: moral or ceremonial innocence, purity, cleanness; "cleanness of teeth" is a sign of lack of food in famine.
3: to be ceremonially clean, purified; to pronounce clean, cleanse, make ceremonially clean, to purify; to cleanse oneself, purify oneself; this can mean moral or ceremonial purity.
4: cleansing; purification; pronouncement of ceremonial cleansing.
5: purity; cleanness; clearness; brightness
6: clean, pure
7: innocent; free of blame; not guilty
8: to be pure, be justified, be acquitted; to keep pure; to make oneself clean, pure; usually referring to moral purity as a superior quality.
9: cleansing; implying cleansing by washing and rubbing
10: to eat, to be eaten; be consumed, be destroyed; to give to eat, feed; from the base meaning of eating food is the figurative extension of consuming and destroying something.
11: to make clean; cleanse; purify
12: to sweep; sweep clean
13: clean, pure, clear of responsibility, innocent
14: to purify, ceremonially cleanse
15: cleanness; purity
Webster's definition: free from dirt and impurities; unsoiled; morally pure; fair and sportsmanlike; neat and tidy; free from flaws; thorough