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.

(A Psalm by David concerning the true David.)

Psalm 26)

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.

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