Psalms 26
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1  [A Psalm] of David. Judge me, O Hashem, for I have walked in mine integrity, and I have trusted in Hashem without wavering.

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א  לְדָוִד שָׁפְטֵנִי יְהוָה כִּי אֲנִי בְּתֻמִּי הָלַכְתִּי וּבַיהוָה בָּטַחְתִּי לֹא אֶמְעָד.

26:1   Judge me

Rarely do we find a psalm which unabashedly calls out to God for judgment. Jews are taught by King David to always be introspective and to find ways to improve and remain humble before God. Sometimes, however, when the circumstances are so dire, when the enemy is at the door, David will turn to God and ask for judgment. David states that he walked in innocence, in truth, and in praise of God. He did not surround himself with liars, thieves or wicked men. Rather, he encircled the altar of God, speaking His praise and seeking His final home. Ultimately, in a choir of the multitudes David sings out to God and awaits His comforting response.

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2  Examine me, O Hashem, and try me; test my reins and my heart.

ב  בְּחָנֵנִי יְהוָה וְנַסֵּנִי צרופה (צָרְפָה) כִלְיוֹתַי וְלִבִּי.

3  For Thy mercy is before mine eyes; and I have walked in Thy truth.

ג  כִּי חַסְדְּךָ לְנֶגֶד עֵינָי וְהִתְהַלַּכְתִּי בַּאֲמִתֶּךָ.

4  I have not sat with men of falsehood; neither will I go in with dissemblers.

ד  לֹא יָשַׁבְתִּי עִם מְתֵי שָׁוְא וְעִם נַעֲלָמִים לֹא אָבוֹא.

5  I hate the gathering of evil doers, and will not sit with the wicked.

ה  שָׂנֵאתִי קְהַל מְרֵעִים וְעִם רְשָׁעִים לֹא אֵשֵׁב.

6  I will wash my hands in innocency; so will I compass Thine altar, O Hashem,

ו  אֶרְחַץ בְּנִקָּיוֹן כַּפָּי וַאֲסֹבְבָה אֶת מִזְבַּחֲךָ יְהוָה.

7  That I may make the voice of thanksgiving to be heard, and tell of all Thy wondrous works.

ז  לַשְׁמִעַ בְּקוֹל תּוֹדָה וּלְסַפֵּר כָּל נִפְלְאוֹתֶיךָ.

8  Hashem, I love the habitation of Thy house, and the place where Thy glory dwelleth.

ח  יְהוָה אָהַבְתִּי מְעוֹן בֵּיתֶךָ וּמְקוֹם מִשְׁכַּן כְּבוֹדֶךָ.

9  Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with men of blood;

ט  אַל תֶּאֱסֹף עִם חַטָּאִים נַפְשִׁי וְעִם אַנְשֵׁי דָמִים חַיָּי.

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

י  אֲשֶׁר בִּידֵיהֶם זִמָּה וִימִינָם מָלְאָה שֹּׁחַד.

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

יא  וַאֲנִי בְּתֻמִּי אֵלֵךְ פְּדֵנִי וְחָנֵּנִי.

12  My foot standeth in an even place; in the congregations will I bless Hashem.

יב  רַגְלִי עָמְדָה בְמִישׁוֹר בְּמַקְהֵלִים אֲבָרֵךְ יְהוָה.

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    I love the statement "judge me". This means that David is asking Yahweh to bless him for walking in integrity (keeping the Torah). It also means that he will get relief from his accusers when Yahweh rewards him. I also reiterate the words of David in my life; "Yahweh, judge me for I have walked in integrity and trusted in You, and I will not waver in trusting You".

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