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Psalm 26

Plea for Justice and Declaration of Righteousness

Of David.

1

Vindicate me, O Lord,

for I have walked in my integrity,

and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.

2

Prove me, O Lord, and try me;

test my heart and mind.

3

For your steadfast love is before my eyes,

and I walk in faithfulness to you.

 

4

I do not sit with the worthless,

nor do I consort with hypocrites;

5

I hate the company of evildoers,

and will not sit with the wicked.

 

6

I wash my hands in innocence,

and go around your altar, O Lord,

7

singing aloud a song of thanksgiving,

and telling all your wondrous deeds.

 

8

O Lord, I love the house in which you dwell,

and the place where your glory abides.

9

Do not sweep me away with sinners,

nor my life with the bloodthirsty,

10

those in whose hands are evil devices,

and whose right hands are full of bribes.

 

11

But as for me, I walk in my integrity;

redeem me, and be gracious to me.

12

My foot stands on level ground;

in the great congregation I will bless the Lord.


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Verses 15–22

The psalmist concludes, as he began, with expressing dependence upon God, and desire toward him. It is good thus to hope, and quietly to wait for the salvation of the Lord. And if God turns to us, no matter who turns from us. He pleads his own integrity. Though guilty before God, yet, as to his enemies, he had the testimony of conscience that he had done them no wrong. God would, at length, give Israel rest from all their enemies round about. In heaven, God's Israel will be perfectly redeemed from all troubles. Blessed Saviour, thou hast graciously taught us that without thee we can do nothing. Do thou teach us how to pray, how to appear before thee in the way which thou shalt choose, and how to lift up our whole hearts and desires after thee, for thou art the Lord our righteousness.




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