Psalm 26-31 King James Version

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A Protestation of Integrity

26 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. 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.

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. 8  Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth. 9  Gather [1] not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men: 10  In whose hands is mischief, and their right hand is full [2] 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.

The LORD Is My Light and My Salvation

27 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 2  When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came [3] upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. 3  Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. 4  One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty [4] of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple. 5  For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. 6  And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; [5] I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.

7  Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. 8  When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek. 9  Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. 10  When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up. 11  Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain [6] path, because of mine enemies. 12  Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. 13  I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 14  Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

A Prayer for Help and Praise for Its Answer

28 Unto thee will I cry, O Lord my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent [7] to me, I become like them that go down into the pit. 2  Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle. 3  Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief is in their hearts. 4  Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavours: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert. 5  Because they regard not the works of the Lord, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up.

6  Blessed be the Lord, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications. 7  The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. 8  The Lord is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed. 9  Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed [8] them also, and lift them up for ever.

The Voice of the LORD in the Storm

29 Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty, [9] give unto the Lord glory and strength. 2  Give unto the Lord the glory [10] due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. 3  The voice of the Lord is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the Lord is upon many [11] waters. 4  The voice of the Lord is powerful; [12] the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. 5  The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars; yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Lebanon. 6  He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn. 7  The voice of the Lord divideth [13] the flames of fire. 8  The voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness; the Lord shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh. 9  The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to calve, [14] and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory. 10  The Lord sitteth upon the flood; yea, the Lord sitteth King for ever. 11  The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.

Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Death

30 I will extol thee, O Lord; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me. 2  O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me. 3  O Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. 4  Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. 5  For his anger [15] endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

6  And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved. 7  Lord, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled. 8  I cried to thee, O Lord; and unto the Lord I made supplication. 9  What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth? 10  Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me: Lord, be thou my helper. 11  Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; 12  To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.

A Profession of Trust

31 In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness. 2  Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me. 3  For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me. 4  Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength. 5  Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth. 6  I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the Lord. 7  I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities; 8  And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.

9  Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly. 10  For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed. 11  I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours, and a fear to mine acquaintance: they that did see me without fled from me. 12  I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken [16] vessel. 13  For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life. 14  But I trusted in thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my God. 15  My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me. 16  Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies' sake. 17  Let me not be ashamed, O Lord; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent [17] in the grave. 18  Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous [18] things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

19  Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men! 20  Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. 21  Blessed be the Lord: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong [19] city. 22  For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee. 23  O love the Lord, all ye his saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. 24  Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.

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Footnotes

[1] 26:9 Gather...: or, Take not away

[2] 26:10 full...: Heb. filled with

[3] 27:2 came...: Heb. approached against me

[4] 27:4 the beauty: or, the delight

[5] 27:6 joy: Heb. shouting

[6] 27:11 a plain...: Heb. a way of plainness

[7] 28:1 to me: Heb. from me

[8] 28:9 feed: or, rule

[9] 29:1 ye mighty: Heb. ye sons of the mighty

[10] 29:2 the glory...: Heb. the honour of his name

[11] 29:3 many: or, great

[12] 29:4 powerful: Heb. in power

[13] 29:7 divideth: Heb. cutteth out

[14] 29:9 to calve: or, to be in pain

[15] 30:5 his anger...: Heb. there is but a moment in his anger

[16] 31:12 a broken...: Heb. a vessel that perisheth

[17] 31:17 silent...: or, cut off for

[18] 31:18 grievous...: Heb. a hard thing

[19] 31:21 strong: or, fenced

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