26 By David.
Vindicate me, O Lord,
for I have integrity, 1
and I trust in the Lord without wavering.
2 Examine me, O Lord, and test me!
Evaluate my inner thoughts and motives! 2
3 For I am ever aware of your faithfulness, 3
and your loyalty continually motivates me. 4
4 I do not associate 5 with deceitful men,
or consort 6 with those who are dishonest. 7
5 I hate the mob 8 of evil men,
and do not associate 9 with the wicked.
6 I maintain a pure lifestyle, 10
so I can appear before your altar, 11 O Lord,
7 to give you thanks, 12
and to tell about all your amazing deeds. 13
8 O Lord, I love the temple where you live, 14
the place where your splendor is revealed. 15
9 Do not sweep me away 16 with sinners,
or execute me along with violent people, 17
10 who are always ready to do wrong 18
or offer a bribe. 19
11 But I have integrity! 20
Rescue me 21 and have mercy on me!
12 I am safe, 22
and among the worshipers I will praise the Lord.
27 By David.
The Lord delivers and vindicates me! 1
I fear no one! 2
The Lord protects my life!
I am afraid of no one! 3
2 When evil men attack me 4
to devour my flesh, 5
when my adversaries and enemies attack me, 6
they stumble and fall. 7
3 Even when an army is deployed against me,
I do not fear. 8
Even when war is imminent, 9
I remain confident. 10
4 I have asked the Lord for one thing –
this is what I desire!
I want to live 11 in the Lord’s house 12 all the days of my life,
so I can gaze at the splendor 13 of the Lord
and contemplate in his temple.
5 He will surely 14 give me shelter 15 in the day of danger; 16
he will hide me in his home; 17
he will place me 18 on an inaccessible rocky summit. 19
6 Now I will triumph
over my enemies who surround me! 20
I will offer sacrifices in his dwelling place and shout for joy! 21
I will sing praises to the Lord!
7 Hear me, 22 O Lord, when I cry out!
Have mercy on me and answer me!
8 My heart tells me to pray to you, 23
and I do pray to you, O Lord. 24
9 Do not reject me! 25
Do not push your servant away in anger!
You are my deliverer! 26
Do not forsake or abandon me,
O God who vindicates me!
10 Even if my father and mother abandoned me, 27
the Lord would take me in. 28
11 Teach me how you want me to live; 29
lead me along a level path 30 because of those who wait to ambush me! 31
12 Do not turn me over to my enemies, 32
for false witnesses who want to destroy me testify against me. 33
13 Where would I be if I did not believe I would experience
the Lord’s favor in the land of the living? 34
14 Rely 35 on the Lord!
Be strong and confident! 36
Rely on the Lord!