Psalm 26

Words: Brady and  Tate, A New Version of the Psalms of David


 1  Judge me, O Lord, for I the paths
       of righteousness have trod;
    I cannot fail, who all my trust
       repose on thee, my God.

2,3 Search, prove my heart, whose innocence
       will shine the more 'tis tried;
    For I have kept thy grace in view,
       and made thy truth my guide.

 4  I never for companions took
       the idle or profane;
    No hypocrite, with all his arts,
       could e'er my friendship gain.

 5  I hate the busy plotting crew,
       who make distracted times;
    And shun their wicked company,
       as I avoid their crimes.

 6  I'll wash my hands in innocence,
       and bring a heart so pure,
    That when thy altar I approach,
       my welcome shall secure.

7,8 My thanks I'll publish there, and tell
       how thy renown excels;
    That seat affords me most delight,
       in which thy honor dwells.

 9  Pass not on me the sinner's doom,
       who murder make their trade;
10  Who others' rights, by secret bribes,
       or open force invade.

11  But I will walk in paths of truth,
       and innocence pursue;
    Protect me, therefore, and to me
       thy mercies, Lord, renew.

12  In spite of all assailing foes
       I still maintain my ground;
    And shall survive amongst thy saints,
       thy praises to resound.

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