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A Prayer for Vindication

Of David.[a]

26 Judge me, O Yahweh, because I have walked in my integrity,
and I have trusted Yahweh and not wavered.
Prove me, O Yahweh, and test me.
Try my innermost being[b] and my mind.[c]
Because your loyal love is before my eyes,
and I walk about in your faithfulness.
I do not sit with deceitful people,
nor will I go about with hypocrites.
I hate the crowd of evildoers,
and with the wicked I will not sit.
I will wash my hands in innocence,
and I will walk about your altar, O Yahweh,
to declare with a voice of thanksgiving,
and tell of all your wondrous deeds.
O Yahweh, I love the dwelling of your house,[d]
and the place where your glory abides.[e]
Do not destroy me[f] with the sinners,
nor my life with men of bloodshed,
10 in whose hands is an evil plan,
and whose right hand is full of bribes.[g]
11 But as for me, I will walk in my integrity.
Redeem me and be gracious to me.
12 My foot stands on level ground.
In assemblies I will bless Yahweh.


  1. Psalm 26:1 The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm
  2. Psalm 26:2 Literally “kidneys,” the locus of intense thoughts and emotions in biblical Hebrew
  3. Psalm 26:2 Literally “heart”
  4. Psalm 26:8 Or “temple”
  5. Psalm 26:8 Literally “the place of the dwelling place of your glory”
  6. Psalm 26:9 Or “gather my soul for judgment
  7. Psalm 26:10 Hebrew “bribe”