April 12 – Psalms 25 and 26 from the Old Testament

Psalms 25 and 26 – Psalm 25

By David.

25:1 O Lord, I come before you in prayer.

25:2 My God, I trust in you.

Please do not let me be humiliated;

do not let my enemies triumphantly rejoice over me!

25:3 Certainly none who rely on you will be humiliated.

Those who deal in treachery will be thwarted and humiliated.

25:4 Make me understand your ways, O Lord!

Teach me your paths!

25:5 Guide me into your truth and teach me.

For you are the God who delivers me;

on you I rely all day long.

25:6 Remember your compassionate and faithful deeds, O Lord,

for you have always acted in this manner.

25:7 Do not hold against me the sins of my youth or my rebellious acts!

Because you are faithful to me, extend to me your favor, O Lord!

25:8 The Lord is both kind and fair;

that is why he teaches sinners the right way to live.

25:9 May he show the humble what is right!

May he teach the humble his way!

25:10 The Lord always proves faithful and reliable

to those who follow the demands of his covenant.

25:11 For the sake of your reputation, O Lord,

forgive my sin, because it is great.

25:12 The Lord shows his faithful followers

the way they should live.

25:13 They experience his favor;

their descendants inherit the land.

25:14 The Lord’s loyal followers receive his guidance,

and he reveals his covenantal demands to them.

25:15 I continually look to the Lord for help,

for he will free my feet from the enemy’s net.

25:16 Turn toward me and have mercy on me,

for I am alone and oppressed!

25:17 Deliver me from my distress;

rescue me from my suffering!

25:18 See my pain and suffering!

Forgive all my sins!

25:19 Watch my enemies, for they outnumber me;

they hate me and want to harm me.

25:20 Protect me and deliver me!

Please do not let me be humiliated,

for I have taken shelter in you!

25:21 May integrity and godliness protect me,

for I rely on you!

25:22 O God, rescue Israel

from all their distress!

Psalm 26

By David.

26:1 Vindicate me, O Lord,

for I have integrity,

and I trust in the Lord without wavering.

26:2 Examine me, O Lord, and test me!

Evaluate my inner thoughts and motives!

26:3 For I am ever aware of your faithfulness,

and your loyalty continually motivates me.

26:4 I do not associate with deceitful men,

or consort with those who are dishonest.

26:5 I hate the mob of evil men,

and do not associate with the wicked.

26:6 I maintain a pure lifestyle,

so I can appear before your altar, O Lord,

26:7 to give you thanks,

and to tell about all your amazing deeds.

26:8 O Lord, I love the temple where you live,

the place where your splendor is revealed.

26:9 Do not sweep me away with sinners,

or execute me along with violent people,

26:10 who are always ready to do wrong

or offer a bribe.

26:11 But I have integrity!

Rescue me and have mercy on me!

26:12 I am safe,

and among the worshipers I will praise the Lord.

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