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(A Psalm of David.) Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide.

2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.

3 For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.

4 I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers.

5 I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.

6 I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O LORD:

7 That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.

8 LORD, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth.

9 Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:

10 In whose hands is mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes.

11 But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me.

12 My foot standeth in an even place: in the congregations will I bless the LORD.

Commentary for Psalms 26

David, in this psalm, appeals to God touching his integrity.

- David here, by the Spirit of prophecy, speaks of himself as a type of Christ, of whom what he here says of his spotless innocence was fully and eminently true, and of Christ only, and to Him we may apply it. We are complete in him. The man that walks in his integrity, yet trusting wholly in the grace of God, is in a state of acceptance, according to the covenant of which Jesus was the Mediator, in virtue of his spotless obedience even unto death. This man desires to have his inmost soul searched and proved by the Lord. He is aware of the deceitfulness of his own heart; he desires to detect and mortify every sin; and he longs to be satisfied of his being a true believer, and to practise the holy commands of God. Great care to avoid bad company, is both a good evidence of our integrity, and a good means to keep us in it. Hypocrites and dissemblers may be found attending on God's ordinances; but it is a good sign of sincerity, if we attend upon them, as the psalmist here tells us he did, in the exercise of repentance and conscientious obedience. He feels his ground firm under him; and, as he delights in blessing the Lord with his congregations on earth, he trusts that shortly he shall join the great assembly in heaven, in singing praises to God and to the Lamb for evermore.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 26

  • Krishna Arjoon
    ps 26 :4 I have not sat with vain persons neither will I go with dissemblers idolaters, evil people, greedy men, proud and arrogant . This psalms is related to psalms 1:1.
  • Kathy
    Through trials we prove our faithfulness .
  • Mayam
    Peace Faith you guys and least but least hope joy spirit and fear and love
  • Caroline
    AmI brave enough to know the answer?
  • Ian Woodard
    Good verses to read in school and bible study.
  • Mild Bill,saved by grace
    Not confident in his integrity,David asks to be judged.David listed his judgements and intentions,but a defining difference between him and others,is his trust in the Lord.Seeing the Lord's loving kindness,truth,sacrificial altar and wondrous works,his integrity alone does not save him,so,he begs redemption with mercy,as need we all.God saves us by his integrity,not our own.He loves, but we lack.
  • A disciple
    "But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me." Integrity is soundness and wholeness, worked out by virtue and principle and honesty. Integrity is what makes the strength and the value, being proven by trial; just as the light drives away the darkness, and all is then seen clearly; and the heat of the fining pot forces out the worthless, and leaves the precious.
  • A disciple
    As we learn the Word of God and the voice and leading of the Spirit; it is integrity in us that does what is right, and God therefore keeps us from sinning against Him. If we fear to sin, and tremble because of the danger in the temptations; then when we pronounce the appropriate Scriptures like the Lord did, and stand determined in our heart no matter what; then God will keep us from sinning.
  • A disciple
    Bill; We are given grace to not sin because God sees our integrity. Many know, and many believe, but when it comes to the moment of fiery trial or strong passions pulling us in a bad direction against the commandment; it is the courage and integrity to stand against your own feelings and desires that will save us. How many times did Jesus say, Thy faith hath saved thee and made thee whole?
  • Mild Bill
    Despite his integrity,he wants/needs redemption.Understanding the mercy of God in not immediately judging his sin unto death,but God in his graciousness,showing his loving kindness.Therefore, David issues forth praise of God as a believer who knows of him.Sliding is less likely when you have even footing,among God's people.God's interest is in the quality of people,rather than the numbers.All bow.

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Bible Trivia

According to Psalm 26, what is in the right hand of bloodthirsty men?
  • Sword
  • Bribe
  • Spear
  • Staff
  • Scroll