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(By David.)

The Prayer of an Innocent Person

26 Show that I am right, Lord!
    I stay true to myself,
    and I have trusted you
    without doubting.
Test my thoughts and find out
    what I am like.
I never forget your kindness,
    and I am always faithful
    to you.[a]
I don’t spend my time
with worthless liars
    or go with evil crowds.

I wash my hands, Lord,
    to show my innocence,
and I worship at your altar,
    while gratefully singing
    about your wonders.
I love the temple
where you live,
    and where
    your glory shines.
Don’t sweep me away,
    as you do sinners.
Don’t punish me with death
as you do those people
    who are brutal
10     or full of meanness
    or who bribe others.
11 I stay true to myself.
    Be kind and rescue me.

12 Now I stand on solid ground!
And when your people meet,
    I will praise you, Lord.

Footnotes

  1. 26.3 I am. . . to you: Or “I trust your faithfulness.”