Psalm 26 T.S.
Words: Sternhold and Hopkins, The Whole Book of Psalms Collected into English Metre
1 Lord, be my judge, and thou shalt see my paths be right and plain: I trust in God, and hope that he with strength will me sustain.
2 Prove me, my God, I thee desire, my ways to search and try; As men do prove their gold with fire, my heart and reins espy.
3 Thy loving-kindness in my sight I do behold always: I ever walked in thy truth, and will do all my days.
4 I do not love to haunt or use with men whose deeds are vain; To come in house I do refuse with the deceitful train.
5 I much abhor the wicked sort, their deeds I do despise; I do not once to them resort that hurtful things devise.
6 My hands I wash, and do proceed in works to walk upright: Then to thy altar I make speed, to offer there in sight;
7 That I may speak and preach the praise that doth belong to thee; And so declare how wond'rous ways thou hast been good to me.
8 O God, thy house I love most dear, to me it doth excel; My chief delight is to be near the place where thou dost dwell.
9 O shut not up my soul with them in sin that take their fill, Nor yet my life among those men that seek much blood to spill:
10 For in their hands much mischief is, their lives therewith abound; And nothing else in their right hand but bribes are to be found.
11 But I resolve in righteousness my time and days to spend: Therefore that I may not transgress, let thy grace me defend.
12 My foot is stayed for all assays, it standeth well and right: Therefore to God will I give praise in all the people's sight.