Psalm 26 The Message Bible

A Protestation of Integrity

26 1  Clear my name, God; I've kept an honest shop. I've thrown in my lot with you, God, and I'm not budging. 2  Examine me, God, from head to foot, order your battery of tests. Make sure I'm fit inside and out 3  So I never lose sight of your love, But keep in step with you, never missing a beat. 4  I don't hang out with tricksters, I don't pal around with thugs; 5  I hate that pack of gangsters, I don't deal with double-dealers.

6  I scrub my hands with purest soap, then join hands with the others in the great circle, dancing around your altar, God, 7  Singing God-songs at the top of my lungs, telling God-stories. 8  God, I love living with you; your house glows with your glory. 9  When it's time for spring cleaning, don't sweep me out with the quacks and crooks, 10  Men with bags of dirty tricks, women with purses stuffed with bribe-money. 11  You know I've been aboveboard with you; now be aboveboard with me. 12  I'm on the level with you, God; I bless you every chance I get.

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