26:1 Vindicate me, O Lord,
for I have integrity,2
and I trust in the Lord without wavering.
26:2 Examine me, O Lord, and test me!
Evaluate my inner thoughts and motives!3
26:3 For I am ever aware of your faithfulness,4
and your loyalty continually motivates me.5
26:4 I do not associate6 with deceitful men,
or consort7 with those who are dishonest.8
26:5 I hate the mob9 of evil men,
and do not associate10 with the wicked.
26:6 I maintain a pure lifestyle,11
so I can appear before your altar,12 O Lord,
26:7 to give you thanks,13
and to tell about all your amazing deeds.14
26:8 O Lord, I love the temple where you live,15
the place where your splendor is revealed.16
26:9 Do not sweep me away17 with sinners,
or execute me along with violent people,18
26:10 who are always ready to do wrong19
or offer a bribe.20
26:11 But I have integrity!21
Rescue me22 and have mercy on me!
26:12 I am safe,23
and among the worshipers I will praise the Lord.