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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.
Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.
For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.
I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers.
I have hated the congregation of evildoers; and will not sit with the wicked.
I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O LORD:
That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.
LORD, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth.
Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:
In whose hands is mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes.
But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me.
My foot standeth in an even place: in the congregations will I bless the LORD.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

26:2 my reins and my heart. “Reins and heart” commonly are used as figures for the thoughts and emotions”; as representative the innermost being, just as the reins (that is kidneys) and heart are vital internal organs of the body. The word “reins” is an archaic term for “kidneys,” and the Hebrew word is commonly translated “kidneys” when referring to the actual physical organ. See note on Psalm 7:9.

26:3 thy truth. See note on Psalm 25:10. In the Hebrew text, “mercy” and “lovingkindness” are the same word.

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