[Davidic.] Vindicate me, LORD, because I have lived with integrity and have trusted in the LORD without wavering.
But now, you can see that the king is leading you. As for me, I'm old and gray, and my sons are here with you. I have led you from my youth until today.
Here I am. Bring charges against me before the LORD and His anointed: Whose ox or donkey have I taken? Whom have I wronged or mistreated? From whose hand have I taken a bribe to overlook something?I will return it to you."
"You haven't wronged us, you haven't mistreated us, and you haven't taken anything from anyone's hand," they responded.
He said to them, "The LORD is a witness against you, and His anointed is a witness today that you haven't found anything in my hand." "[He is] a witness," they said.
Hezekiah did this throughout all Judah. He did what was good and upright and true before the LORD his God.
He was diligent in every deed that he began in the service of God's temple, in the law and in the commandment, in order to seek his God, and he prospered.
The governors who preceded me had heavily burdened the people, taking food and wine from them, as well as a pound of silver. Their subordinates also oppressed the people, but I didn't do this, because of the fear of God.
There was a man in the country of Uz named Job. He was a man of perfect integrity, who feared God and turned away from evil.
He said, "Please, LORD, remember how I have walked before You faithfully and wholeheartedly, and have done what is good in Your sight." And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
Both were righteous in God's sight, living without blame according to all the commandments and requirements of the Lord.
You are witnesses, and so is God, of how devoutly, righteously, and blamelessly we conducted ourselves with you believers.
Yet these cannot redeem a person or pay his ransom to God--
But God will redeem my life from the power of Sheol, for He will take me. Selah
Draw near to me and redeem me; ransom me because of my enemies.
He gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for Himself a special people, eager to do good works.
For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from the fathers, not with perishable things, like silver or gold,
but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish.
He forgives all your sin; He heals all your diseases.
He redeems your life from the Pit; He crowns you with faithful love and compassion.
He revealed His ways to Moses, His deeds to the people of Israel.
The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and full of faithful love.
Remember me for this, my God, and don't erase the good deeds I have done for the house of my God and for its services.
Then I instructed the Levites to purify themselves and guard the gates in order to keep the Sabbath day holy. Remember me for this also, my God, and look on me with compassion in keeping with Your abundant, faithful love.
I also arranged for the donation of wood at the appointed times and for the firstfruits. Remember me, my God, with favor.