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Psalms 26:6-8


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 

26:8 O Lord, I love the temple where you live, 5 

the place where your splendor is revealed. 6 

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.

5 tn Heb “the dwelling of your house.”

6 tn Heb “the place of the abode of your splendor.”

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