Psalm 26

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Psalm 26 is the 26th psalm from the Book of Psalms.


A Psalm of David


In Judaism, verse 8 is the third verse of Ma Tovu.[1]

Key Thoughts and Phrases[edit]

  • v.8 LORD, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth.

Verse Notes[edit]

David, in confidence of his integrity, resorts to God[edit]

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

2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.

3 For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.[2]

4 I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers.

5 I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.[3]

6 I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O LORD:

7 That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.

David's love for God's House[edit]

8 LORD, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth.

9 Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:

10 In whose hands is mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes.

11 But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me.

12 My foot standeth in an even place: in the congregations will I bless the LORD.


  1. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 12
  2. ^ David keeps consideration of God's love and kindness before him and it is a force to keep him from sin, walking in the truth and avoiding congregations of evil doers.
  3. ^ Alternate translation of v.4-5: 'I do not spend time with liars or go along with hypocrites. I hate the gatherings of those who do evil, and I refuse to join in with the wicked.' - found in Thomas Brooks (1608-1680), Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices