26:1 Vindicate me, O Lord,
for I have integrity, 2
and I trust in the Lord without wavering.
26:2 Examine me, O Lord, and test me!
Evaluate my inner thoughts and motives! 3
and your loyalty continually motivates me. 5
and do not associate 10 with the wicked.
so I can appear before your altar, 12 O Lord,
and to tell about all your amazing deeds. 14
the place where your splendor is revealed. 16
or execute me along with violent people, 18
or offer a bribe. 20
Rescue me 22 and have mercy on me!
and among the worshipers I will praise the Lord.
[26:3] sn The psalmist’s awareness of the Lord’s faithfulness and…loyalty toward him motivates him to remain loyal to the Lord and to maintain his moral purity.
[26:11] 21 tn Heb “and I in my integrity walk.” The psalmist uses the imperfect verbal form to emphasize this is his practice. The construction at the beginning of the verse (conjunction + pronoun) highlights the contrast between the psalmist and the sinners mentioned in vv. 9-10.