Psalm 26

1    Give judgement for me, O Lord,

    for I have walked with integrity;  

I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered.

2    Test me, O Lord, and try me;  

examine my heart and my mind.

3    For your love is before my eyes;  

I have walked in your truth.

4    I have not joined the company of the false,  

nor consorted with the deceitful.

5    I hate the gathering of evildoers  

and I will not sit down with the wicked.

6    I will wash my hands in innocence, O Lord,  

that I may go about your altar,

7    To make heard the voice of thanksgiving  

and tell of all your wonderful deeds.

8    Lord, I love the house of your habitation  

and the place where your glory abides.

9    Sweep me not away with sinners,  

nor my life with the bloodthirsty,

10  Whose hands are full of wicked schemes  

and their right hand full of bribes.

11  As for me, I will walk with integrity;  

redeem me, Lord, and be merciful to me.

12  My foot stands firm;  

in the great congregation I will bless the Lord.


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