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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible
Psalms 26



Verse 1

Psalm 26:1-12. After appealing to God‘s judgment on his avowed integrity and innocence of the charges laid by his enemies, the Psalmist professes delight in God‘s worship, and prays for exemption from the fate of the wicked, expressing assurance of God‘s favor.

Judge — decide on my case; the appeal of innocence.

in mine integrity — freedom from blemish (compare Psalm 25:21). His confidence of perseverance results from trust in God‘s sustaining grace.

Verse 2

He asks the most careful scrutiny of his affections and thoughts (Psalm 7:9), or motives.

Verse 3

As often, the ground of prayer for present help is former favor.

Verses 4-8

As exemplified by the fruits of divine grace, presented in his life, especially in his avoiding the wicked and his purposes of cleaving to God‘s worship.

Verse 6

wash mine hands — expressive symbol of freedom from sinful acts (compare Matthew 27:24).

Verse 8

the habitation of thy house — where Thy house rests, as the tabernacle was not yet permanently fixed.

honour dwelleth — conveys an allusion to the Holy of Holies.

Verse 9

Gather not, etc. — Bring me not to death.

bloody men — (compare Psalm 5:6).

Verse 10

Their whole conduct is that of violence and fraud.

Verse 11-12

But, etc. — He contrasts his character and destiny with that of the wicked (compare Psalm 26:1, Psalm 26:2).

Verse 12

even place — free from occasions of stumbling - safety in his course is denoted. Hence he will render to God his praise publicly.


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These files are a derivative of an electronic edition prepared from text scanned by Woodside Bible Fellowship.
This expanded edition of the Jameison-Faussett-Brown Commentary is in the public domain and may be freely used and distributed.

Bibliography Information
Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 26:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". 1871-8.

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