26 By David.
Vindicate me, O Lord,
for I have integrity, 2
and I trust in the Lord without wavering.
2 Examine me, O Lord, and test me!
Evaluate my inner thoughts and motives! 3
3 For I am ever aware of your faithfulness, 4
and your loyalty continually motivates me. 5
4 I do not associate 6 with deceitful men,
or consort 7 with those who are dishonest. 8
5 I hate the mob 9 of evil men,
and do not associate 10 with the wicked.
6 I maintain a pure lifestyle, 11
so I can appear before your altar, 12 O Lord,
7 to give you thanks, 13
and to tell about all your amazing deeds. 14
8 O Lord, I love the temple where you live, 15
the place where your splendor is revealed. 16
9 Do not sweep me away 17 with sinners,
or execute me along with violent people, 18
10 who are always ready to do wrong 19
or offer a bribe. 20
11 But I have integrity! 21
Rescue me 22 and have mercy on me!
12 I am safe, 23
and among the worshipers I will praise the Lord.
27 By David.
The Lord delivers and vindicates me! 2
I fear no one! 3
The Lord protects my life!
I am afraid of no one! 4
2 When evil men attack me 5
to devour my flesh, 6
when my adversaries and enemies attack me, 7
they stumble and fall. 8
3 Even when an army is deployed against me,
I do not fear. 9
Even when war is imminent, 10
I remain confident. 11
4 I have asked the Lord for one thing –
this is what I desire!
I want to live 12 in the Lord’s house 13 all the days of my life,
so I can gaze at the splendor 14 of the Lord
and contemplate in his temple.
5 He will surely 15 give me shelter 16 in the day of danger; 17
he will hide me in his home; 18
he will place me 19 on an inaccessible rocky summit. 20
6 Now I will triumph
over my enemies who surround me! 21
I will offer sacrifices in his dwelling place and shout for joy! 22
I will sing praises to the Lord!
7 Hear me, 23 O Lord, when I cry out!
Have mercy on me and answer me!
8 My heart tells me to pray to you, 24
and I do pray to you, O Lord. 25
9 Do not reject me! 26
Do not push your servant away in anger!
You are my deliverer! 27
Do not forsake or abandon me,
O God who vindicates me!
10 Even if my father and mother abandoned me, 28
the Lord would take me in. 29
11 Teach me how you want me to live; 30
lead me along a level path 31 because of those who wait to ambush me! 32
12 Do not turn me over to my enemies, 33
for false witnesses who want to destroy me testify against me. 34
13 Where would I be if I did not believe I would experience
the Lord’s favor in the land of the living? 35
14 Rely 36 on the Lord!
Be strong and confident! 37
Rely on the Lord!
28 By David.
To you, O Lord, I cry out!
My protector, 2 do not ignore me! 3
If you do not respond to me, 4
I will join 5 those who are descending into the grave. 6
2 Hear my plea for mercy when I cry out to you for help,
when I lift my hands 7 toward your holy temple! 8
3 Do not drag me away with evil men,
with those who behave wickedly, 9
who talk so friendly to their neighbors, 10
while they plan to harm them! 11
4 Pay them back for their evil deeds!
Pay them back for what they do!
Punish them! 12
5 For they do not understand the Lord’s actions,
or the way he carries out justice. 13
The Lord 14 will permanently demolish them. 15
6 The Lord deserves praise, 16
for he has heard my plea for mercy! 17
7 The Lord strengthens and protects me; 18
I trust in him with all my heart. 19
I am rescued 20 and my heart is full of joy; 21
I will sing to him in gratitude. 22
8 The Lord strengthens his people; 23
he protects and delivers his chosen king. 24
9 Deliver your people!
Empower 25 the nation that belongs to you! 26
Care for them like a shepherd and carry them in your arms 27 at all times! 28