6 I wash my hands in innocence, and go about your altar, Lord,

Other Translations of Psalm 26:6

King James Version

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

English Standard Version

6 I wash my hands in innocence and go around your altar, O Lord,

The Message

6 I scrub my hands with purest soap, then join hands with the others in the great circle, dancing around your altar, God,

New King James Version

6 I will wash my hands in innocence; So I will go about Your altar, O Lord,

New Living Translation

6 I wash my hands to declare my innocence. I come to your altar, O Lord,

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Psalm 26:6

Chapter Contents

David, in this psalm, appeals to God touching his integrity.

David here, by the Spirit of prophecy, speaks of himself as a type of Christ, of whom what he here says of his spotless innocence was fully and eminently true, and of Christ only, and to Him we may apply it. We are complete in him. The man that walks in his integrity, yet trusting wholly in the grace of God, is in a state of acceptance, according to the covenant of which Jesus was the Mediator, in virtue of his spotless obedience even unto death. This man desires to have his inmost soul searched and proved by the Lord. He is aware of the deceitfulness of his own heart; he desires to detect and mortify every sin; and he longs to be satisfied of his being a true believer, and to practise the holy commands of God. Great care to avoid bad company, is both a good evidence of our integrity, and a good means to keep us in it. Hypocrites and dissemblers may be found attending on God's ordinances; but it is a good sign of sincerity, if we attend upon them, as the psalmist here tells us he did, in the exercise of repentance and conscientious obedience. He feels his ground firm under him; and, as he delights in blessing the Lord with his congregations on earth, he trusts that shortly he shall join the great assembly in heaven, in singing praises to God and to the Lamb for evermore.