Psalm 26:2
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New International Version
Test me, LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind;

New Living Translation
Put me on trial, LORD, and cross-examine me. Test my motives and my heart.

English Standard Version
Prove me, O LORD, and try me; test my heart and my mind.

New American Standard Bible
Examine me, O LORD, and try me; Test my mind and my heart.

King James Bible
Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Test me, LORD, and try me; examine my heart and mind.

International Standard Version
Examine me, LORD, and inspect me! Test my heart and mind.

NET Bible
Examine me, O LORD, and test me! Evaluate my inner thoughts and motives!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Prove me, Lord Jehovah, and test me, and examine my kidneys and my heart.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Examine me, O LORD, and test me. Look closely into my heart and mind.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Examine me, O LORD and prove me; melt my kidneys and my heart.

King James 2000 Bible
Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my heart and my mind.

American King James Version
Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.

American Standard Version
Examine me, O Jehovah, and prove me; Try my heart and my mind.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Prove me, O Lord, and try me; burn my reins and my heart.

Darby Bible Translation
Prove me, Jehovah, and test me; try my reins and my heart:

English Revised Version
Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.

Webster's Bible Translation
Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.

World English Bible
Examine me, Yahweh, and prove me. Try my heart and my mind.

Young's Literal Translation
Try me, O Jehovah, and prove me, Purified are my reins and my heart.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

26:9 David, in this psalm, appeals to God touching his integrity. - David here, by the Spirit of prophecy, speaks of himself as a type of Christ, of whom what he here says of his spotless innocence was fully and eminently true, and of Christ only, and to Him we may apply it. We are complete in him. The man that walks in his integrity, yet trusting wholly in the grace of God, is in a state of acceptance, according to the covenant of which Jesus was the Mediator, in virtue of his spotless obedience even unto death. This man desires to have his inmost soul searched and proved by the Lord. He is aware of the deceitfulness of his own heart; he desires to detect and mortify every sin; and he longs to be satisfied of his being a true believer, and to practise the holy commands of God. Great care to avoid bad company, is both a good evidence of our integrity, and a good means to keep us in it. Hypocrites and dissemblers may be found attending on God's ordinances; but it is a good sign of sincerity, if we attend upon them, as the psalmist here tells us he did, in the exercise of repentance and conscientious obedience. He feels his ground firm under him; and, as he delights in blessing the Lord with his congregations on earth, he trusts that shortly he shall join the great assembly in heaven, in singing praises to God and to the Lamb for evermore.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - Examine me, O Lord, and prove me. He desires to be examined and proved - tested, as a metal is tested (comp. Psalm 17:3) - that his sincerity may fully appear. Try my reins and my heart; i.e. my emotional and my intellectual natures.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Examine me, O Lord,.... His cause, his integrity, and trust in the Lord, as silver and gold are examined by the touchstone, the word of God, which is the standard of faith and practice;

and prove me; or "tempt me" (r); as Abraham was tempted by the Lord; and his faith in him, and fear of him, and love to him, were proved to be true and genuine;

try my reins and my heart; the thoughts, desires, and affections of it, as gold and silver are tried in the furnace; and so God sometimes tries the faith and patience of his people by afflictive providences; and this examination, probation, and trial, are made by him, not for his own sake, who knows the hearts and ways of all men; but for the sake of others, to make known either to themselves or others the truth of grace that is in them, and the uprightness of their hearts and ways; and it was on this account the psalmist desired to pass under such an examination.

(r) "tenta me", Pagninus, Montanus, Junius & Tremellius, &c.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

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

Psalm 26:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Vindicate Me, O Lord
1A Psalm of David. Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in my integrity, And I have trusted in the LORD without wavering. 2Examine me, O LORD, and try me; Test my mind and my heart. 3For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes, And I have walked in Your truth.…
Cross References
Revelation 2:23
I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.

Psalm 7:9
Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure-- you, the righteous God who probes minds and hearts.

Psalm 17:3
Though you probe my heart, though you examine me at night and test me, you will find that I have planned no evil; my mouth has not transgressed.

Psalm 66:10
For you, God, tested us; you refined us like silver.

Psalm 139:23
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.

Proverbs 17:3
The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart.
Treasury of Scripture

Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.

Psalm 7:9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish …

Psalm 17:3 You have proved my heart; you have visited me in the night; you have …

Psalm 66:10 For you, O God, have proved us: you have tried us, as silver is tried.

Psalm 139:23,24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts…

Job 13:23 How many are my iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression …

Job 31:4-6 Does not he see my ways, and count all my steps…

Jeremiah 20:12 But, O LORD of hosts, that try the righteous, and see the reins and …

Zechariah 13:9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine …

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