Psalms 26

Prayer for Vindication


Vindicate me, Lord,
because I have lived with integrity
and have trusted in the Lord without wavering. a
2 Test me, Lord, and try me;
examine my heart and mind. b
3 For Your faithful love is before my eyes,
and I live by Your truth. c

4 I do not sit with the worthless
or associate with hypocrites.
5 I hate a crowd of evildoers,
and I do not sit with the wicked. d
6 I wash my hands
A ritual or ceremonial washing to express innocence
in innocence f
and go around Your altar, Lord, g
7 raising my voice in thanksgiving h
and telling about Your wonderful works. i

8 Lord, I love the house where You dwell,
the place where Your glory resides. j
9 Do not destroy me along with sinners,
or my life along with men of bloodshed k
10 in whose hands are evil schemes
and whose right hands are filled with bribes. l

11 But I live with integrity;
redeem me and be gracious to me. m
12 My foot stands on level ground; n
I will praise the Lord in the assemblies. o
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