Q H1 1-. Prayer. J1 -1. Plea. "For". H2 2. Prayer. J2 3-8. Plea. "For". H3 9,10. Prayer. J3 11-. Plea. Profession. H4 -11. Prayer. H4 12. Plea. Profession.
1 Vindicate me (or Do me justice), O LORD;
for I have walked in my integrity:
I have confided also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide.
2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me;
Try my kidneys and my heart. (Put for thoughts and feelings.)
3 For Your loving-kindness is before my eyes:
And I have walked habitually in Your truth.
4 I have not sat with vain persons,
Neither will I go in with dissemblers.
5 I have hated the assembly (in its military sense) of evil doers;
And will not sit with the lawless.
6 I will wash my hands in innocency:
So will I compass Your altar, O LORD:
7 That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving,
And recount all Your wondrous works.
8 LORD, I have loved the dwelling (implying safety) of Your house, (Referring not to the Temple, but to David's Tabernacle in Zion. Cp. 5:7.)
And the place of Your glorious Tabernacle.
9 Destroy me not with sinners,
Nor my life with bloody men:
10 In whose hands is lewdness,
And their right hand is full of bribes.
11 But as for me, I will walk in my integrity:
Deliver me (by power), and show me favor (or be gracious).
12 My foot stands in an even place:
In the assemblies (or the great assemblies) will I bless the LORD.