Protestation of Integrity and Prayer for Protection.

1 A Psalm of David.
(a)(A)Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have (B)walked in my integrity,
And I have (C)trusted in the Lord (b)(D)without wavering.
(E)Examine me, O Lord, and try me;
(F)Test my (c)mind and my heart.
For Your (G)lovingkindness is before my eyes,
And I have (H)walked in Your (d)truth.
I do not (I)sit with (e)deceitful men,
Nor will I go with (f)(J)pretenders.
I (K)hate the assembly of evildoers,
And I will not sit with the wicked.
I shall (L)wash my hands in innocence,
And I will go about (M)Your altar, O Lord,
That I may proclaim with the voice of (N)thanksgiving
And declare all Your (g)wonders.
O Lord, I (O)love the habitation of Your house
And the place (h)where Your (P)glory dwells.
(Q)Do not (i)take my soul away along with sinners,
Nor my life with (R)men of bloodshed,
In whose hands is a (S)wicked scheme,
And whose right hand is full of (T)bribes.
But as for me, I shall (U)walk in my integrity;
(V)Redeem me, and be gracious to me.
(W)My foot stands on a (X)level place;
In the (Y)congregations I shall bless the Lord.


a. Psalm 26:1: ['Lit ', Judge]
b. Psalm 26:1: ['Lit ', I do not slide]
c. Psalm 26:2: ['Lit ', kidneys, ', figurative for inner man']
d. Psalm 26:3: ['Or ', faithfulness]
e. Psalm 26:4: ['Or ', worthless men, '; lit ', men of falsehood]
f. Psalm 26:4: ['Or ', dissemblers, hypocrites]
g. Psalm 26:7: ['Or ', miracles]
h. Psalm 26:8: ['Lit ', of the tabernacle of Your glory]
i. Psalm 26:9: ['Lit ', gather]

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