Psalm 26
New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition

Psalm 26

Plea for Justice and Declaration of Righteousness

Of David.

1Vindicate me, O Lord,
    for I have walked in my integrity,
    and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.
2Prove me, O Lord, and try me;
    test my heart and mind.
3For your steadfast love is before my eyes,
    and I walk in faithfulness to you.[a]

4I do not sit with the worthless,
    nor do I consort with hypocrites;
5I hate the company of evildoers,
    and will not sit with the wicked.

6I wash my hands in innocence,
    and go around your altar, O Lord,
7singing aloud a song of thanksgiving,
    and telling all your wondrous deeds.

8O Lord, I love the house in which you dwell,
    and the place where your glory abides.
9Do not sweep me away with sinners,
    nor my life with the bloodthirsty,
10those in whose hands are evil devices,
    and whose right hands are full of bribes.

11But as for me, I walk in my integrity;
    redeem me, and be gracious to me.
12My foot stands on level ground;
    in the great congregation I will bless the Lord.


  1. Psalm 26:3 Or in your faithfulness
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