261Declare me innocent, O LORD,
because I do what is right
and trust you completely.
2Examine me and test me, LORD;
judge my desires and thoughts.
3Your constant love is my guide;
your faithfulness always leads me.26.3 your faithfulness always leads me; or I live in loyalty to you.
4I do not keep company with worthless people;
I have nothing to do with hypocrites.
5I hate the company of the evil
and avoid the wicked.
6LORD, I wash my hands to show that I am innocent
and march in worship round your altar.
7I sing a hymn of thanksgiving
and tell of all your wonderful deeds.
8I love the house where you live, O LORD,
the place where your glory dwells.
9Do not destroy me with the sinners;
spare me from the fate of murderers —
10those who do evil all the time
and are always ready to take bribes.
11As for me, I do what is right;
be merciful to me and save me!
12I am safe from all dangers;
in the assembly of his people I praise the LORD.