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Psalm 26 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

A song of David.

26 Lord, you be the judge and prove that I have lived a pure life.
    I have depended on you, Lord, to keep me from falling.
Look closely at me, Lord, and test me.
    Judge my deepest thoughts and emotions.
I always remember your faithful love.
    I depend on your faithfulness.
I don’t run around with troublemakers.
    I have nothing to do with hypocrites.
I hate being around evil people.
    I refuse to join those gangs of crooks.

Lord, I wash my hands to make myself pure,
    so that I can come to your altar.
I sing a song to give you thanks,
    and I tell about all the wonderful things you have done.
Lord, I love the house[a] where you live,
    the place where your glory is.

Lord, don’t treat me like one of those sinners.
    Don’t kill me with those murderers.
10 They are guilty of cheating people.
    They take bribes to do wrong.
11 But I am innocent,
    so be kind to me and save me.
12 I am safe from all danger
    as I stand here praising you, Lord, in the assembly of your people.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 26:8 house Or “Temple.” See “Temple” in the Word List.
Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

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Psalm 26 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 26

Of David.

Vindicate me, Lord,
    for I have led a blameless life;
I have trusted in the Lord
    and have not faltered.
Test me, Lord, and try me,
    examine my heart and my mind;
for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love
    and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.

I do not sit with the deceitful,
    nor do I associate with hypocrites.
I abhor the assembly of evildoers
    and refuse to sit with the wicked.
I wash my hands in innocence,
    and go about your altar, Lord,
proclaiming aloud your praise
    and telling of all your wonderful deeds.

Lord, I love the house where you live,
    the place where your glory dwells.
Do not take away my soul along with sinners,
    my life with those who are bloodthirsty,
10 in whose hands are wicked schemes,
    whose right hands are full of bribes.
11 I lead a blameless life;
    deliver me and be merciful to me.

12 My feet stand on level ground;
    in the great congregation I will praise the Lord.

New International Version (NIV)

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