Psalm 26

A Psalm of David.

1 Judge me, O Lord; for I have walked in my innocence: and hoping in the Lord I shall not be moved. 2 Prove me, O Lord, and try me; purify as with fire my reins and my heart.

3 For thy mercy is before mine eyes: and I am well pleased with thy truth. 4 I have not sat with the council of vanity, and will in nowise enter in with transgressors. 5 I have hated the assembly of wicked doers; and will not sit with ungodly men. 6 I will wash my hands in 1innocency, and compass thine altar, O Lord: 7 to hear the voice of praise, and to declare all thy wonderful works. 8 O Lord, I have loved the beauty of thy house, and the place of the tabernacle of thy glory. 9 Destroy not my soul together with the ungodly, nor my life with bloody men: 10 in whose hands are iniquities, and their right hand is filled with bribes. 11 But I have walked in my innocence: redeem me, and have mercy upon me. 12 My foot stands in 2an even place: in the congregations will I bless thee, O Lord.

Psalm 27

A Psalm of David, before he was anointed.

1 The Lord is my light and my Saviour; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the defender of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When evil-doers drew nigh against me to eat up my flesh, my persecutors and mine enemies, they fainted and fell. 3 Though an army should set itself in array against me, my heart shall not be afraid: though war should rise up against me, in this am I confident. 4 One thing have I asked of the Lord, this will I earnestly seek: that I should dwell in the house of the Lord, all the days of my life, that I should behold the fair beauty of the Lord, and survey his temple. 5 For in the day of mine afflictions he hid me in his tabernacle: he sheltered me in the secret of his tabernacle; he set me up on a rock. 6 And now, behold, he has lifted up mine head over mine enemies: I went round and offered in his tabernacle the sacrifice of 3joy; I will sing 4even sing psalms to the Lord.

7 Hear, O Lord, my voice which I have uttered aloud: pity me, and hearken to me. 8 My heart said to thee, I have diligently sought thy face: thy face, O Lord, I will seek. 9 Turn not thy face away from me, turn not thou away from thy servant in anger: be thou my helper, forsake me not; and, O God my Saviour, overlook me not. 10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord has taken me to himself. 11 Teach me, O Lord, in thy way, and guide me in a right path, because of mine enemies. 12 Deliver me not over to the desire of them that afflict me; for unjust witnesses have risen up against me, and injustice has lied within herself.

13 I believe that I shall see the 5goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.


14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and let thy heart be strengthened: yea wait on the Lord.

1 Gr. innocent things.

2 Gr. in evenness or uprightness.

3 Gr. shouting.

4 Or, and play on a psaltery.

5 Gr. good things.


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