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Psalms 26:1

    Psalms 26:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in my integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Judge me, O Jehovah, for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in Jehovah without wavering.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    <Of David.> O Lord, be my judge, for my behaviour has been upright: I have put my faith in the Lord, I am not in danger of slipping.

    Webster's Revision

    Judge me, O Jehovah, for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in Jehovah without wavering.

    World English Bible

    Judge me, Yahweh, for I have walked in my integrity. I have trusted also in Yahweh without wavering.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    A Psalm of David. Judge me, O LORD, for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD without wavering.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 26:1

    Judge me, O Lord - There are so many strong assertions in this Psalm concerning the innocence and uprightness of its author that many suppose he wrote it to vindicate himself from some severe reflections on his conduct or accusations relative to plots, conspiracies, etc. This seems to render the opinion probable that attributes it to David during his exile, when all manner of false accusations were brought against him at the court of Saul.

    I have walked in mine integrity - I have never plotted against the life nor property of any man; I have neither coveted nor endeavored to possess myself of Saul's crown.

    I have trusted - Had I acted otherwise, I could not have been prosperous, for thou wouldst not have worked miracles for the preservation of a wicked man.

    I shall not slide - I shall be preserved from swerving from the paths of righteousness and truth.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 26:1

    Judge me, O Lord - That is, determine in regard to my case whether I am truly thy friend, or whether the evidences of my piety are genuine. The psalmist asks an examination of his own case; he brings the matter before God for Him to decide; he submits the facts in regard to himself to God, so that He may pronounce upon them whether they constitute evidence of real piety.

    For I have walked in mine integrity - On the word "walk," see the notes at Psalm 1:1. The word "integrity" here is the same which is elsewhere rendered "perfection." See the notes at Job 1:1. Compare Psalm 37:37. See also Psalm 7:8; Psalm 25:21; where the word is rendered, as here, "integrity." It means here "uprightness, sincerity." This is the first thing which he brings before God for him to examine - the consciousness that he had endeavored to live an upright life; and yet it is referred to as if he was sensible that he "might" have deceived himself, and therefore, he prays that God would determine whether his life had been really upright.

    I have trusted also in the Lord - Of this, likewise, he felt conscious; but this too he desired to submit to God. Trust in Yahweh, and an upright life, constituted the evidence of piety, or were the constituents of true religion according to the views of the Hebrews, as they are the constituents of true religion everywhere; and the purpose of the psalmist was to ascertain whether his piety was really of that character.

    Therefore I shall not slide - If these are really traits of my character, if I really possess these, I shall not be moved. My feet will be firm, and I shall be secure. Or this may be regarded as a further declaration in regard to himself, as indicating firm confidence in God, and as meaning that he was conscious that he would not be moved, or would not swerve in this purpose of life. And yet the next verse shows that, with all this confidence as to his own character, he felt that there was a "possibility" of his having deceived himself; and, therefore, he pleaded that God would search and test him.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 26:1

    26:1 Trusted - I have committed my cause and affairs to thee.