Having the characteristic of being spotless; clean; innocent.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
purity, the state of being free of ritual contamination. In the Bible, people may contract ritual impurity by contact with a corpse, certain dead animals, the involuntary flow of fluids from the sexual organs, certain diseases, or the eating of prohibited foods. Certain objects are regarded as pure (tahor),
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
PURITY. Purity permeates the message of the Scriptures. Its range of reference sweeps from the quality of being not diluted (e.g., oil for the golden lampstand, Ex 27:20), through ceremonial cleanness as in the priests (Ezr 6:20) and the condition of being redemptively cleansed (e.g., the Christian’s
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
PURITY. The original biblical significance was ceremonial. It was to be obtained by certain ablutions and purifications which were enjoined upon the worshipper in the performance of his religious duties. Purifications were common to many other religions, but there they were merely ceremonial and had
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Purity and impurityThe Pauline texts that relate to purity are found in those sections concerning controversies over food (Gal 2:11–19; 1 Cor 8; 10:14–11:1; Rom 14:1–15:13); sections concerning sexual sin within the churches (1 Cor 5); and isolated texts in the Pastoral Letters that speak of the pure
Dictionary of New Testament Background
PURITYPurity is best understood as the condition that God demands of his people for contact with him. In the case of Israel, specific foods, objects and physical characteristics are demanded for any approach of the divine. Even then, priests mediate in the final acts of sacrifice, because greater purity
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
Purity and Impurity
Purity and ImpurityPurity is best understood as the condition which God demands of his people for contact with him. In the case of Israel, specific foods, objects and physical characteristics are demanded for any approach of the divine. Even then, priests mediate in the final acts of sacrifice, because
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
PURITY (Gk. hagneia, “cleanness”). Freedom from foreign mixture, but more particularly the temper directly opposite to criminal sensualities, or the ascendency of irregular passions; chastity (2 Cor. 6:6; 1 Tim. 4:12; 5:2).
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Puritypurity, the condition of being free from any physical, moral, or ritual contamination. In the Hebrew Bible people may contract impurity by contact with a corpse, certain dead animals, the involuntary flow of fluids from the sexual organs, a disease such as tsara’at (usually mistranslated as ‘leprosy’),
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
PURITY — the quality or state of being free from mixture, pollution, or other foreign elements. The term purity may refer to things (gold, Ex. 25:17; oil, Lev. 24:2) or people. Purity with reference to people may be ethnic (Phil. 3:5), ceremonial (Lev. 19:16–33; Luke 2:22), ethical (Prov. 22:11), or
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
PurityPurity in the Bible is primarily a concern of the cultic system, the means by which God’s holiness is established and protected. From this origin purity eventually became, especially under the influence of the classical prophets, a way of speaking about moral conduct. As the understanding of purity
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
PURITY<pu’-ri-ti>: The Bible bears witness to the long struggle over and in man to secure physical, mental, and moral cleanliness. The various forms of purity have relation to each other.We have a common proverb that “cleanliness is akin to godliness.” Cleanliness and aesthetics are certainly nigh
PURE; PURELY; PURITY<pur>, <pur’-li>, <pu’-ri-ti>: This group of words has in the Old Testament and the New Testament an almost exclusively ethical significance, though the word “pure” is of course used also in its literal sense of freedom from alloy or other alien matter (Exodus 25:11, etc.). “Pure”
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
PURITY.—To form a clear conception of purity in its Christian sense is a matter of some difficulty, for two reasons. Historically, the idea has undergone great changes, and the terms by which it has been expressed have been applied to very different qualities, which to-day we should classify as physical,
Key passages
Le 10:10–11

and to distinguish between the holy and the unholy, as well as between the unclean and the clean, and to teach the Israelites all the rules that Yahweh has spoken to them through Moses.”

Mt 15:10–11

And summoning the crowd, he said to them, “Hear and understand: It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth—this defiles a person.”

Ac 10:12–15

in which were all the four-footed animals and reptiles of the earth and birds of the sky. And a voice came to him, “Get up, Peter, slaughter and eat!” But Peter said, “Certainly not, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common and unclean!” And the voice came again to him for the second …

Ro 14:14

I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean of itself, except to the one who considers something to be unclean; to that person it is unclean.

Heb 10:22

let us approach with a true heart in the full assurance of faith, our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

1 Jn 1:5–7

And this is the message which we have heard from him and announce to you, that God is light and there is no darkness in him at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him and walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the …

See also
Ge 2:8–25; Ge 6:9–12; Ge 7:1–24; Ge 8:20–9:17; Ge 20:1–18; Ge 35:1–15; Ex 19:1–25; Ex 22:16–23:9; Ex 24:1–8; Ex 29:1–21; Ex 30:17–21; Le 5:1–13; Le 7:11–27; Le 8:1–9:24; Le 10:8–18:30; Le 20:1–22:33; Le 27:1–34; Nu 5:1–4; Nu 5:11–31; Nu 8:5–9:14; Nu 12:1–16; Nu 18:8–20; Nu 19:1–22; Nu 31:12–24; Dt 12:1–28; Dt 14:3–21; Dt 16:18–17:13; Dt 19:1–13; Dt 23:1–14; Dt 24:5–25:4; Jos 3:1–17; Jos 7:10–26; Jdg 13:1–25; 1 Sa 16:1–13; 1 Sa 20:24–21:9; 2 Sa 11:1–27; 2 Sa 13:1–22; 2 Sa 22:26–51; 2 Ki 5:1–19; 1 Ch 15:1–29; 2 Ch 4:1–5:1; 2 Ch 23:12–21; 2 Ch 29:3–19; 2 Ch 30:1–27; 2 Ch 34:8–28; Ezr 2:55–70; Ezr 6:19–22; Ezr 9:1–15; Ne 7:46–65; Ne 12:27–13:31; Es 2:1–18; Job 4:1–21; Job 8:1–9:35; Job 13:20–17:16; Job 25:1–6; Job 31:1–40; Job 33:1–33; Ps 12:1–8; Ps 15:1–5; Ps 18:1–50; Ps 24:1–10; Ps 26:1–12; Ps 32:1–11; Ps 51:1–19; Ps 73:1–28; Ps 119:9–16; Pr 10:29; Pr 11:20; Pr 13:6; Pr 15:26; Pr 16:2; Pr 17:3; Pr 20:9; Pr 20:11; Pr 21:8; Pr 22:11; Pr 30:11–14; Ec 8:10–9:12; Is 1:2–20; Is 4:2–6; Is 6:1–13; Is 50:1–11; Is 52:1–53:12; Is 63:15–64:12; Is 66:14–24; Je 2:14–25; Je 13:15–27; La 4:1–22; Eze 4:1–17; Eze 18:1–18; Eze 20:33–44; Eze 22:1–16; Eze 22:23–31; Eze 24:1–14; Eze 36:16–38; Eze 37:15–28; Eze 39:11–16; Eze 43:18–27; Eze 44:10–31; Eze 45:18–25; Da 6:18–23; Da 7:9–14; Da 11:29–39; Da 12:1–13; Am 7:10–17; Hab 1:12–2:1; Zep 3:8–13; Hag 2:10–14; Zec 3:1–5; Zec 13:1–9; Mal 1:6–14; Mal 3:1–7; Mt 5:1–12; Mt 8:1–4; Mt 9:18–26; Mt 10:16–25; Mt 15:1–20; Mt 17:1–13; Mt 23:13–36; Mt 28:1–8; Mk 1:40–45; Mk 5:25–34; Mk 7:1–23; Mk 9:1–13; Mk 16:1–8; Lk 2:21–24; Lk 5:12–15; Lk 7:17–23; Lk 8:41–48; Lk 9:27–36; Lk 11:37–44; Lk 17:11–19; Lk 23:13–49; Jn 2:1–10; Jn 3:22–36; Jn 8:39–47; Jn 11:45–57; Jn 13:1–20; Jn 15:1–11; Jn 18:28–38; Jn 20:11–18; Ac 1:9–11; Ac 10:9–16; Ac 10:24–33; Ac 11:1–18; Ac 21:15–36; Ac 24:10–21; Ro 1:18–32; Ro 6:15–23; Ro 14:14–23; Ro 16:17–20; 1 Co 5:9–13; 1 Co 6:12–20; 2 Co 5:12–7:12; 2 Co 11:1–4; Ga 5:16–26; Eph 4:17–24; Eph 5:1–7; Eph 5:22–33; Php 1:3–11; Php 2:12–18; Php 4:8–9; Col 1:19–23; Col 3:1–11; 1 Th 3:11–4:8; 1 Th 5:23–28; 1 Ti 1:3–11; 1 Ti 4:12–5:2; 1 Ti 5:17–25; 2 Ti 2:14–26; Tt 1:10–2:15; Heb 1:1–4; Heb 4:14–16; Heb 6:1–8; Heb 7:20–28; Heb 9:6–10:4; Heb 10:19–25; Heb 13:1–6; Jas 1:21–27; Jas 3:13–18; Jas 4:7–10; 1 Pe 1:22–2:3; 1 Pe 2:18–3:6; 2 Pe 1:5–11; 2 Pe 3:14–18; 1 Jn 1:5–2:2; 1 Jn 2:28–3:9; Re 14:1–5; Re 15:1–16:1; Re 16:12–16; Re 18:1–8; Re 19:1–16; Re 21:22–27; Re 22:6–11;