Psalm 26New English Translation (NET Bible)
1 Vindicate me, O Lord,
for I have integrity,
and I trust in the Lord without wavering.
2 Examine me, O Lord, and test me!
Evaluate my inner thoughts and motives!
3 For I am ever aware of your faithfulness,
and your loyalty continually motivates me.
4 I do not associate with deceitful men,
or consort with those who are dishonest.
5 I hate the mob of evil men,
and do not associate with the wicked.
6 I maintain a pure lifestyle,
so I can appear before your altar, O Lord,
7 to give you thanks,
and to tell about all your amazing deeds.
8 O Lord, I love the temple where you live,
the place where your splendor is revealed.
9 Do not sweep me away with sinners,
or execute me along with violent people,
10 who are always ready to do wrong
or offer a bribe.
11 But I have integrity!
Rescue me and have mercy on me!
12 I am safe,
and among the worshipers I will praise the Lord.