Psalm 26

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 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.

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