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Psalms 26:1-5

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Psalm 26 1 

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 associate 6  with deceitful men,

or consort 7  with those who are dishonest. 8 

26:5 I hate the mob 9  of evil men,

and do not associate 10  with the wicked.

1 sn Psalm 26. The author invites the Lord to test his integrity, asserts his innocence and declares his loyalty to God.

2 tn Heb “for I in my integrity walk.”

3 tn Heb “evaluate my kidneys and my heart.” The kidneys and heart were viewed as the seat of one’s volition, conscience, and moral character.

4 tn Heb “for your faithfulness [is] before my eyes.”

5 tn Heb “and I walk about in your loyalty.”

sn The psalmist’s awareness of the Lord’s faithfulness and…loyalty toward him motivates him to remain loyal to the Lord and to maintain his moral purity.

6 tn Heb “sit.”

7 tn Heb “go.” The psalmist uses the imperfect form of the verb to emphasize that he does not make a practice of associating with such people.

8 tn Heb “[those who] conceal themselves.”

9 tn Heb “assembly, company.”

10 tn Heb “sit.” The psalmist uses the imperfect form of the verb to emphasize that he does not make a practice of associating with such people.



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