Robertson's Word Pictures of the New TestamentHebrews 9:13
- Ashes (spodov).
- Old word, in N. T. only here, Matthew 11:21; Luke 10:13. Common in LXX.
- Of a heifer (damalewv).
- Old word (damaliv), a red heifer whose ashes mingled with water (meta udatov, verse 19) were sprinkled (rantizousa, present active participle of rantizw, in LXX, though rainw more common) on the contaminated or defiled ones (Numbers 19:1) as the blood of bulls and goats was offered for sins (Leviticus 16:1).
- Sanctify (agiazei).
- First-class condition, assumed as true. This ceremonial ritual does serve "for the cleansing (katarothta, old word here only in N.T.) of the flesh," but not for the conscience (verse 9). The cow was amwmon, the individual katarov.