Psalms 26

Psalm 26

A psalm of David.

Defend me, O  Lord, for my walk has been blameless;
in the  Lord have I trusted unswervingly:
Examine me,  Lord, and test me;
test my heart and my mind.
For your love is before my eyes,
and your faithfulness governs my way.

I never sat down with the worthless,
nor companied with dissemblers.
I hate the assembly of knaves,
I would never sit down with the wicked;
but, with hands washed in innocence,
I would march round your altar, O  Lord,
singing loud songs of thanks,
and telling of all your wonders.
O  Lord, I love your house,
the place where your glory lives.

Do not gather me up with sinners;
slay me not with people of blood,
10 whose hands are stained with villainy,
and whose right hand is filled with bribes.
11 But my walk is blameless!
O redeem me, be gracious to me.
12 My foot stands on even ground,
in the choirs I will bless the  Lord.
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