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26:1 Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide.
26:2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.
26:3 For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.
26:4 I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers.
26:5 I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.
26:6 I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O LORD:
26:7 That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.
26:8 LORD, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth.
26:9 Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:
26:10 In whose hands is mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes.
26:11 But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me.
26:12 My foot standeth in an even place: in the congregations will I bless the LORD.

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Everything King James Bible:Psalms
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Psalms
Book: Psalms
Chapter: 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.

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