Of David.

A Prayer for Vindication

1 Judge me, O Yahweh, because I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted Yahweh and not wavered.
References for Psalms 26:1
    • a 26:1 - The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm
      2 Prove me, O Yahweh, and test me. Try my {innermost being} and my {mind}.
      References for Psalms 26:2
        • b 26:2 - Literally "kidneys," the locus of intense thoughts and emotions in biblical Hebrew
        • c 26:2 - Literally "heart"
          3 Because your loyal love [is] before my eyes, and I walk about in your faithfulness.
          4 I do not sit with deceitful people, nor will I go about with hypocrites.
          5 I hate [the] crowd of evildoers, and with [the] wicked I will not sit.
          6 I will wash my hands in innocence, and I will walk about your altar, O Yahweh,
          7 to declare with a voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all your wondrous deeds.
          8 O Yahweh, I love [the] dwelling of your house, and {the place where your glory abides}.
          References for Psalms 26:8
            • d 26:8 - Or "temple"
            • e 26:8 - Literally "the place of the dwelling place of your glory"
              9 Do not destroy me with [the] sinners, nor my life with men of bloodshed,
              References for Psalms 26:9
                • f 26:9 - Or "gather my soul [for judgment]"
                  10 in whose hands [is] an evil plan, and whose right hand is full of bribes.
                  References for Psalms 26:10
                    • g 26:10 - Hebrew "bribe"
                      11 But as for me, I will walk in my integrity. Redeem me and be gracious to me.
                      12 My foot stands on level ground. In assemblies I will bless Yahweh.