Psalm 26

                                                                    Of David.

1 Vindicate me, O Lord,

for I have led a blameless life;

I have trusted in the Lord

without wavering.

2 Test me, O Lord, and try me,

examine my heart and mind;

 3 for your love is ever before me,

and I walk continually in your truth.

4 I do not sit with deceitful men,

nor do I consort with hypocrites;

5 I abhor the assembly of evildoers

and refuse to sit with the wicked.

6 I wash my hands in innocence,

and go about your altar, O Lord,

7 proclaiming aloud your praise

and telling of all your wonderful deeds.

8 I love the house where you live, O Lord,

the place where your glory dwells.

9 Do not take away my soul along with sinners,

my life with bloodthirsty men,

10 in whose hands are wicked schemes,

whose right hands are full of bribes.

11 But I lead a blameless life;

redeem me and be merciful to me.

12 My feet stand on level ground;

in the great assembly I will praise the Lord.

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