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Ps 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.
2. He asks the most careful scrutiny of his affections and thoughts (Ps 7:9), or motives.
3. As often, the ground of prayer for present help is former favor.
6. wash mine hands--expressive symbol of freedom from sinful acts (compare Mt 27:24).
8. the habitation of thy house--where Thy house rests, as the
tabernacle was not yet permanently fixed.
11, 12. But, &c.--He contrasts his character and destiny with that of the wicked (compare Ps 26:1, 2).