Yes, I use soap. I had to make that clear before I started. I’m going to talk about soap a little and I don’t want someone thinking I’m against it. Anyway…
I was reading the book of Leviticus not too long ago. Some of the book is devoted to the festivals and sacrifices. It mentions washing the utensils, etc. with water.
God makes it clear in the Bible how important cleanliness is. Among other things, it mentions washing your hands and Jesus himself even washed the disciples’ feet.
What surprised me was that soap was never mentioned. How odd. I always just assumed soap was used, but it kept mentioning washing with water. Period. Nothing else. I spent some time thinking of where I heard soap mentioned in the bible. I couldn’t think of one example, so I finally moved on.
At a later date when I was reading the bible, I found it!
Job 9:30 Even if I washed myself with soap and my hands with cleansing powder… (NIV Journal the Word Bible)
Ah ha! There it is!
Or… is it?
Something wasn’t sitting right with me. Why wouldn’t soap get mentioned during the process of purification? Also, when Jesus was healing people, he would tell them to dip in the pool of Siloam. He never said to scrub with soap. So, why was it mentioned here?
All the times I’ve read Leviticus before, I never even thought of this. I’m thinking it’s because of Covid and this obsession that came with it to sterilize everything that made it jump out at me now.
I don’t think the bible says you have to use soap or you shouldn’t use soap, so you may continue to use soap; but I still continued to mull this over.
I’ve listened to many teachers of God’s word on the internet. I like to hear what they say because I learn a lot from them. I, of course, will check anything suspect or new with the bible to make sure they’re not in error. A few of these teachers have said that they only use the King James version. Nothing else. Not even the New King James version. They say the more modern translations have errors in them. So, out of curiosity, I looked up the King James version of this verse. Here it is.
Job 9:30 if I wash myself with snow water and make my hands never so clean.
What?!! No soap! Why did they add soap in newer translations? What was the purpose? What gives them the right to alter God’s word? I know you’re thinking that soap or no soap isn’t that important and maybe it’s not, but it makes you wonder what else they decided to add or change? That’s what’s bothering me. Maybe those ministers are right about subtle changes to the bible that could completely change the meaning of something God was trying to tell us. Scary stuff.
I’m going to add the links to Gene Kim’s videos. He’s one of them that supports only using the King James Bible.
The point I’m making here isn’t about the soap issue. It’s about making sure you’re hearing God’s Word in its’ truth and purity. Translators make errors. Ministers make errors. Hopefully, they’re innocent errors and not being done intentionally. Either way; I’m convinced to start reading the King James in the future. I’ve mainly been using the newer translations, but I’ve always enjoyed reading the gospels in the King James. Somehow, reading Jesus’ words in red letters make them pop out at you and you give them more attention.
Before I close, I want to add one more thing. I did find two verses in the King James that mention soap. Jeremiah 2:22 and Malachi 3:2. (Just an F.Y.I.)
Read God’s word. Devour them.
Psalm 119: 103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! Yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth.