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Psalm 24-26 Common English Bible (CEB)

Psalm 24

A psalm of David.

24 The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it,
    the world and its inhabitants too.
Because God is the one who established it on the seas;
    God set it firmly on the waters.

Who can ascend the Lord’s mountain?
    Who can stand in his holy sanctuary?
Only the one with clean hands and a pure heart;
    the one who hasn’t made false promises,
    the one who hasn’t sworn dishonestly.
That kind of person receives blessings from the Lord
    and righteousness from the God who saves.
And that’s how things are
    with the generation that seeks him—
    that seeks the face of Jacob’s God.[a] Selah

Mighty gates: lift up your heads!
    Ancient doors: rise up high!
        So the glorious king can enter!
Who is this glorious king?
    The Lord—strong and powerful!
    The Lord—powerful in battle!
Mighty gates: lift up your heads!
    Ancient doors: rise up high!
        So the glorious king can enter!
10 Who is this glorious king?
    The Lord of heavenly forces—
        he is the glorious king! Selah

Psalm 25[b]

Of David.

25 I offer my life[c] to you, Lord.
    My God, I trust you.
Please don’t let me be put to shame!
    Don’t let my enemies rejoice over me!
For that matter,
    don’t let anyone who hopes in you
        be put to shame;
    instead, let those who are treacherous without excuse be put to shame.

Make your ways known to me, Lord;
    teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth—teach it to me—
    because you are the God who saves me.
        I put my hope in you all day long.
Lord, remember your compassion and faithful love—
    they are forever!
But don’t remember the sins of my youth or my wrongdoing.
    Remember me only according to your faithful love
        for the sake of your goodness, Lord.

The Lord is good and does the right thing;
    he teaches sinners which way they should go.
God guides the weak to justice,
    teaching them his way.
10 All the Lord’s paths are loving and faithful
    for those who keep his covenant and laws.
11 Please, for the sake of your good name, Lord, forgive my sins, which are many!

12 Where are the ones who honor the Lord?
    God will teach them which path to take.
13 They will live a good life,
    and their descendants will possess the land.
14 The Lord counsels those who honor him;
    he makes his covenant known to them.
15 My eyes are always looking to the Lord
    because he will free my feet from the net.

16 Turn to me, God, and have mercy on me
    because I’m alone and suffering.
17 My heart’s troubles keep getting bigger—
    set me free from my distress!
18 Look at my suffering and trouble—
    forgive all my sins!
19 Look at how many enemies I have
    and how violently they hate me!
20 Please protect my life! Deliver me!
    Don’t let me be put to shame
    because I take refuge in you.
21 Let integrity and virtue guard me
    because I hope in you.

22 Please, God, save Israel from all its troubles!

Psalm 26

Of David.

26 Establish justice for me, Lord,
    because I have walked with integrity.
    I’ve trusted the Lord without wavering.
Examine me, Lord; put me to the test!
    Purify[d] my mind[e] and my heart.
Because your faithful love is right in front of me—
    I walk in your truth!
I don’t spend time with people up to no good;
    I don’t keep company with liars.
I detest the company of evildoers,
    and I don’t sit with wicked people.
I wash my hands—they are innocent!
    I walk all around your altar, Lord,
        proclaiming out loud my thanks,
        declaring all your wonderful deeds!
I love the beauty[f] of your house, Lord;
    I love the place where your glory resides.

Don’t gather me[g] up with the sinners,
    taking my life along with violent people
10     in whose hands are evil schemes,
    whose strong hands are full of bribes.
11 But me? I walk with integrity.
    Save me! Have mercy on me!

12 My feet now stand on level ground.
    I will bless the Lord in the great congregation.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 24:6 LXX, Syr; MT seek your face, Jacob
  2. Psalm 25:1 Ps 25 is an alphabetic acrostic poem; see the note at Pss 9–10.
  3. Psalm 25:1 Or soul; also in 25:13, 20
  4. Psalm 26:2 LXX or investigate
  5. Psalm 26:2 Or kidneys
  6. Psalm 26:8 LXX; MT the dwelling of your house
  7. Psalm 26:9 Or my soul
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