Psalms 26:2

2 Test me, LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind;

Psalms 26:2 in Other Translations

2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.
2 Prove me, O LORD, and try me; test my heart and my mind.
2 Put me on trial, LORD, and cross-examine me. Test my motives and my heart.
2 Examine me, God, from head to foot, order your battery of tests. Make sure I'm fit inside and out
2 Test me, Lord, and try me; examine my heart and mind.

Psalms 26:2 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 26:2

Examine me, O Lord
His cause, his integrity, and trust in the Lord, as silver and gold are examined by the touchstone, the word of God, which is the standard of faith and practice;

and prove me;
or "tempt me" F18; as Abraham was tempted by the Lord; and his faith in him, and fear of him, and love to him, were proved to be true and genuine;

try my reins and my heart;
the thoughts, desires, and affections of it, as gold and silver are tried in the furnace; and so God sometimes tries the faith and patience of his people by afflictive providences; and this examination, probation, and trial, are made by him, not for his own sake, who knows the hearts and ways of all men; but for the sake of others, to make known either to themselves or others the truth of grace that is in them, and the uprightness of their hearts and ways; and it was on this account the psalmist desired to pass under such an examination.


F18 (ynon) "tenta me", Pagninus, Montanus, Junius & Tremellius

Psalms 26:2 In-Context

1 Vindicate me, LORD, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the LORDand have not faltered.
2 Test me, LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind;
3 for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.
4 I do not sit with the deceitful, nor do I associate with hypocrites.
5 I abhor the assembly of evildoers and refuse to sit with the wicked.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Psalms 66:10; Psalms 17:3
  • 2. S Deuteronomy 6:6; S Psalms 7:9; Jeremiah 11:20; Jeremiah 20:12; Ezekiel 11:5
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