Psalms 26

Psalm 261

By David.

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.

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