Psalm 26

1 Judge me, Jehovah, for I have walked in mine
I have trusted also in Jehovah without wavering.
2 Examine me, O Jehovah, and prove me;
Try my heart and my mind.

1-6, 11. To the Lord belong perfection, purity, and innocence. P. P.

See Psalm vii. 10. A. 5385.
See Psalm vii. 10. A. 10032.
See Psalm vii. 10. R. 140.
See Psalm vii. 10. E. 167.

3 For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes;
And I have walked in thy truth.
4 I have not sat with men of falsehood;
Neither will I go in with dissemblers.
5 I hate the assembly of evil-doers,
And will not sit with the wicked.

3 See Psalm xxv. 10. A. 6180.

4 Mercy is love, and truth is faith. A. 10577.

See Psalm i. 1. E. 687.

6 I will wash my hands in innocency:
So will I compass thine altar, O Jehovah;
7 That I may make the voice of thanksgiving to be heard,
And tell of all thy wondrous works.

6 Innocent in the proximate sense signifies one who is without blame and without evil, which they also testified formerly by washing of the hands, the reason whereof was this, that the good which is from the Lord with man is without blame and without evil. A. 9262.

6, 7. Since by the altar was represented the Lord as to Divine good, therefore it was the very holy of holies, and sanctified every thing which touched it — See Exodus xxix. 37. A. 9714.

Since the worship of the Lord was represented and thence signified by the altar, it is manifest that nothing else is meant by the altar in Revelation vi. 9. and elsewhere. R. 392.

To wash the hands in innocency signifies to be purified from evils and falsities. To compass the altar of Jehovah signifies conjunction with the Lord by worship from the good of love, which worship being performed by truths from good, it is therefore added — see verse 7. E. 391.

8 Jehovah, I love the habitation of thy house,
And the place where thy glory dwelleth.
9 Gather not my soul with sinners,
Nor my life with men of blood;
10 In whose hands is wickedness,
And their right hand is full of bribes.

7, 8. He has the Divine love of saving. P. P.

8, Since habitation signifies heaven where the Lord is, it also signifies the good of love and of faith, for these constitute heaven. Habitation in the supreme sense signifies the Lord. A. 9481.

9, 10. He is in combats with the malicious. P. P

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 Jehovah.

10, 11. In this passage to redeem signifies to liberate from falsities, and to reform. E. 328.

11, Redeem me and be merciful unto me. D. P., Page 86.

11, 12. There is redemption when He conquers. P. P.

Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)