Psalm 26

Words: The Scottish Psalter

Common Metre Tunes

A Psalm of David.

   1  Judge me, O Lord, for I have walked
         in mine integrity:
      I trusted also in the Lord;
         slide therefore shall not I.
   2  Examine me, and do me prove;
         try heart and reins, O God:
   3  For thy love is before mine eyes,
         thy truth's paths I have trod
   4  With persons vain I have not sat,
         nor with dissemblers gone:
   5  Th' assembly of ill men I hate;
         to sit with such I shun.
   6  Mine hands in innocence, O Lord,
         I'll wash and purify;
      So to thine holy altar go,
         and compass it will I:
   7  That I, with voice of thanksgiving,
         may publish and declare,
      And tell of all thy mighty works,
         that great and wondrous are.
   8  The habitation of thy house,
         Lord, I have lovèd well;
      Yea, in that place I do delight
         where doth thine honor dwell.
   9  With sinners gather not my soul,
         and such as blood would spill:
  10  Whose hands mischievous plots, right hand
         corrupting bribes do fill.
  11  But as for me, I will walk on
         in mine integrity:
      Do thou redeem me, and, O Lord,
         be merciful to me.
  12  My foot upon an even place
         doth stand with steadfastness:
      Within the congregations
         th' Eternal I will bless.

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