26:6 I maintain a pure lifestyle, 1
so I can appear before your altar, 2 O Lord,
26:7 to give you thanks, 3
and to tell about all your amazing deeds. 4
1 tn Heb “I wash my hands in innocence.” The psalmist uses an image from cultic ritual to picture his moral lifestyle. The imperfect verbal emphasizes that this is his habit.
2 tn Heb “so I can go around your altar” (probably in ritual procession). Following the imperfect of the preceding line, the cohortative with vav (ו) conjunctive indicates purpose or result.
3 tn Heb “to cause to be heard the sound of thanksgiving.”
4 tn The two infinitival forms (both with prefixed preposition -לְ, lamed) give the purpose for his appearance at the altar.