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Psalms 7:8

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7:8 The Lord judges the nations. 1 

Vindicate me, Lord, because I am innocent, 2 

because I am blameless, 3  O Exalted One! 4 

Psalms 25:21

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25:21 May integrity and godliness protect me,

for I rely on you!

Psalms 26:1

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Psalm 26 5 

By David.

26:1 Vindicate me, O Lord,

for I have integrity, 6 

and I trust in the Lord without wavering.

Psalms 26:11

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26:11 But I have integrity! 7 

Rescue me 8  and have mercy on me!

1 sn The Lord judges the nations. In hyperbolic fashion the psalmist pictures the nations assembled around the divine throne (v. 7a). He urges God to take his rightful place on the throne (v. 7b) and then pictures him making judicial decisions that vindicate the innocent (see vv. 8-16).

2 tn Heb “judge me, O Lord, according to my innocence.”

3 tn Heb “according to my blamelessness.” The imperative verb translated “vindicate” governs the second line as well.

4 tn The Hebrew form עָלָי (’alay) has been traditionally understood as the preposition עַל (’al, “over”) with a first person suffix. But this is syntactically awkward and meaningless. The form is probably a divine title derived from the verbal root עָלָה (’alah, “ascend”). This relatively rare title appears elsewhere in the OT (see HALOT 824-25 s.v. I עַל, though this text is not listed) and in Ugaritic as an epithet for Baal (see G. R. Driver, Canaanite Myths and Legends, 98). See M. Dahood, Psalms (AB), 1:44-45, and P. C. Craigie, Psalms 1-50 (WBC), 98.

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

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

7 tn Heb “and I in my integrity walk.” The psalmist uses the imperfect verbal form to emphasize this is his practice. The construction at the beginning of the verse (conjunction + pronoun) highlights the contrast between the psalmist and the sinners mentioned in vv. 9-10.

8 tn Or “redeem me.”



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