Psalm 26

Judge me, Yahweh, for I have walked in my integrity;

In Yahweh I have trusted I will not stumble.

Test me, Yahweh, try me;

Refine my kidneys and my heart.

For your steadfast love is before my eyes;

I will walk about in your faithfulness.

I have not sat with deceitful people;

With those who conceal their thoughts I will not join;

I hate the congregation of evildoers;

With the wicked I will not sit.

I wash my hands in innocence;

I go about [on] your altar, Yahweh;

Listening to the sound of thanksgiving;

Noting all your marvels.

Yahweh, I love the abode of your house,

The place where your glory pitches its tent.

Do not sweep away my inner self with the sinners;

my life with violent, bloody people,

In whose hands are evil schemes;

Their right hand is full of bribes.

But I will walk in my integrity;

Redeem me; be gracious to me.

My foot has stood on a level place/for uprightness;

In assemblies I will bless Yahweh.




Background information: Exodus 30:17-21 Yahweh spoke to Moses saying: Make a laver of copper and a stand of copper for it, for washing; and place it between the Tent of Meeting and the altar. Put water in it, and let Aaron and his sons wash their hands and feet in water drawn from it. When they enter the Tent of Meeting they shall wash with water, that they may not die; or when they approach the altar to serve, to make a fire offering to Yahweh, they shall wash their hands and their feet, that they may not die. It shall be a law for all time for them--for him and his offspring--through the ages.

2000 Ralph W. Klein