I Will Bless the Lord

Of David.

26 (A)Vindicate me, O Lord,
    for I have (B)walked in my integrity,
    and I have (C)trusted in the Lord without wavering.
(D)Prove me, O Lord, and try me;
    test my heart and (E)my mind.[a]
For your (F)steadfast love is before my eyes,
    and I (G)walk in your (H)faithfulness.

I do not (I)sit with men of (J)falsehood,
    nor do I consort with hypocrites.
I (K)hate the assembly of evildoers,
    and I will not sit with the wicked.

I (L)wash my hands in innocence
    and go around your altar, O Lord,
proclaiming thanksgiving aloud,
    and telling all your (M)wondrous deeds.

O Lord, I (N)love the habitation of your house
    and the place where your glory dwells.
(O)Do not sweep my soul away with sinners,
    nor my life with bloodthirsty men,
10 in whose hands are evil devices,
    and whose right hands are full of (P)bribes.

11 But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity;
    redeem me, and be gracious to me.
12 My foot stands on (Q)level ground;
    in (R)the great assembly I will bless the Lord.

The Lord Is My Light and My Salvation

Of David.

27 The Lord is my (S)light and my (T)salvation;
    (U)whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold[b] of my life;
    of whom shall I be afraid?

When evildoers assail me
    to (V)eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
    it is they who stumble and fall.

(W)Though an army encamp against me,
    my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
    yet[c] I will be confident.

(X)One thing have I asked of the Lord,
    that will I seek after:
that I may (Y)dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,
to gaze upon (Z)the beauty of the Lord
    and to inquire[d] in his temple.

For he will (AA)hide me in his shelter
    in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
    he will (AB)lift me high upon a rock.

And now my (AC)head shall be lifted up
    above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
    sacrifices with shouts of (AD)joy;
(AE)I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

(AF)Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;
    be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, (AG)“Seek[e] my face.”
My heart says to you,
    “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”[f]
    (AH)Hide not your face from me.
Turn not your servant away in anger,
    O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
    (AI)O God of my salvation!
10 For (AJ)my father and my mother have forsaken me,
    but the Lord will (AK)take me in.

11 (AL)Teach me your way, O Lord,
    and lead me on (AM)a level path
    because of my enemies.
12 (AN)Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
    for (AO)false witnesses have risen against me,
    and they (AP)breathe out violence.

13 I believe that I shall look[g] upon (AQ)the goodness of the Lord
    in (AR)the land of the living!
14 (AS)Wait for the Lord;
    (AT)be strong, and let your heart take courage;
    wait for the Lord!

The Lord Is My Strength and My Shield

Of David.

28 To you, O Lord, I call;
    (AU)my rock, be not deaf to me,
lest, if you (AV)be silent to me,
    I become like those who (AW)go down to the pit.
(AX)Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy,
    when I cry to you for help,
when I (AY)lift up my hands
    (AZ)toward your most holy sanctuary.[h]

Do not (BA)drag me off with the wicked,
    with the workers of evil,
(BB)who speak peace with their neighbors
    while evil is in their hearts.
(BC)Give to them according to their work
    and according to the evil of their deeds;
give to them according to the work of their hands;
    (BD)render them their due reward.
Because they (BE)do not regard the works of the Lord
    or the work of his hands,
he will tear them down and build them up no more.

Blessed be the Lord!
    For he has (BF)heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.
The Lord is my strength and (BG)my shield;
    in him my heart (BH)trusts, and I am helped;
my heart exults,
    and with my (BI)song I give thanks to him.

The Lord is the strength of his people;[i]
    he is (BJ)the saving refuge of his anointed.
Oh, save your people and bless (BK)your heritage!
    (BL)Be their shepherd and (BM)carry them forever.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 26:2 Hebrew test my kidneys and my heart
  2. Psalm 27:1 Or refuge
  3. Psalm 27:3 Or in this
  4. Psalm 27:4 Or meditate
  5. Psalm 27:8 The command (seek) is addressed to more than one person
  6. Psalm 27:8 The meaning of the Hebrew verse is uncertain
  7. Psalm 27:13 Other Hebrew manuscripts Oh! Had I not believed that I would look
  8. Psalm 28:2 Hebrew your innermost sanctuary
  9. Psalm 28:8 Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts is their strength

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