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Bible Commentaries

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible

Psalms 26

Verses 1-12

This Ps. appears to belong to a later age than David’s, when the Temple (Psalms 26:8), with its altar (Psalms 26:6), and its public assemblies for worship (Psalms 26:12), was a familiar institution. The writer, conscious of his own uprightness, protests against the idea of being classed with the wicked, and sharing their untimely fate. He appeals at the outset to God’s judgment, and at the close preaches the assurance that it will not fail him.

1. Therefore I shall not slide] RV ’without wavering.’

2. Reins] see on Psalms 7:9.

3. The Psalmist’s conscious integrity is not selfrighteousness. His knowledge of God’s character has made him what he is.

6. Wash mine hands] a figure perhaps taken from the practice of the priests (Exodus 30:17-21), or of the city elders (Deuteronomy 21:6-7;): Cp. Matthew 27:4.

Compass thine altar] as the worshippers in the Temple gathered to witness the sacrifices.

7. Publish, etc.] RV ’make the voice of thanksgiving to be heard.’

8. Honour] RV ’glory,’ God’s manifested Presence, associated with the ark and the mercy seat.

9. Gather not my soul] ’Do not cut it off.’ Let me not share their fate. The persons described in Psalms 26:9-10 are evidently men in places of power, who use violence and have wealth to protect themselves by corrupting justice.

11. Redeem me] Save me from being destroyed with the wicked.

12. An even place] a symbol of comfort and safety.

Verses 1-12

This Ps. appears to belong to a later age than David’s, when the Temple (Psalms 26:8), with its altar (Psalms 26:6), and its public assemblies for worship (Psalms 26:12), was a familiar institution. The writer, conscious of his own uprightness, protests against the idea of being classed with the wicked, and sharing their untimely fate. He appeals at the outset to God’s judgment, and at the close preaches the assurance that it will not fail him.

1. Therefore I shall not slide] RV ’without wavering.’

2. Reins] see on Psalms 7:9.

3. The Psalmist’s conscious integrity is not selfrighteousness. His knowledge of God’s character has made him what he is.

6. Wash mine hands] a figure perhaps taken from the practice of the priests (Exodus 30:17-21), or of the city elders (Deuteronomy 21:6-7;): Cp. Matthew 27:4.

Compass thine altar] as the worshippers in the Temple gathered to witness the sacrifices.

7. Publish, etc.] RV ’make the voice of thanksgiving to be heard.’

8. Honour] RV ’glory,’ God’s manifested Presence, associated with the ark and the mercy seat.

9. Gather not my soul] ’Do not cut it off.’ Let me not share their fate. The persons described in Psalms 26:9-10 are evidently men in places of power, who use violence and have wealth to protect themselves by corrupting justice.

11. Redeem me] Save me from being destroyed with the wicked.

12. An even place] a symbol of comfort and safety.

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Dummelow, John. "Commentary on Psalms 26". "John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/dcb/psalms-26.html. 1909.