O righteous God,
26:2 Examine me, O Lord, and test me!
Evaluate my inner thoughts and motives! 7
Test me, and know my concerns! 9
1 tn In the psalms the Hebrew term רְשָׁעִים (rÿsha’im, “wicked”) describes people who are proud, practical atheists (Ps 10:2, 4, 11) who hate God’s commands, commit sinful deeds, speak lies and slander (Ps 50:16-20), and cheat others (Ps 37:21). They oppose God and his people.
2 tn The prefixed verbal form is a jussive, expressing an imprecation here.
4 tn The prefixed verbal form expresses the psalmist’s prayer or wish.
6 tn Heb “and [the one who] tests hearts and kidneys, just God.” The translation inverts the word order to improve the English style. The heart and kidneys were viewed as the seat of one’s volition, conscience, and moral character.
7 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.
8 tn Heb “and know my heart.”