Vindicate me, Lord, because I am innocent, 2
25:21 May integrity and godliness protect me,
for I rely on you!
26:1 Vindicate me, O Lord,
for I have integrity, 6
and I trust in the Lord without wavering.
Rescue me 8 and have mercy on me!
1 sn The
2 tn Heb “judge me, O
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.
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.”