Psalm 26: Judge me, O Lord, for I have walk'd
A Psalm of David.
Meter: C.M. (8,6,8,6)
1 Judge me, O Lord, for I have walk’d 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 trode.
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 loved well; Yea, in that place I do delight where doth thine honour 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 stedfastness: Within the congregations th’ Eternal I will bless.