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Psalm 101

A Sovereign’s Pledge of Integrity and Justice

Of David. A Psalm.

1

I will sing of loyalty and of justice;

to you, O Lord, I will sing.

2

I will study the way that is blameless.

When shall I attain it?

 

I will walk with integrity of heart

within my house;

3

I will not set before my eyes

anything that is base.

 

I hate the work of those who fall away;

it shall not cling to me.

4

Perverseness of heart shall be far from me;

I will know nothing of evil.

 

5

One who secretly slanders a neighbor

I will destroy.

A haughty look and an arrogant heart

I will not tolerate.

 

6

I will look with favor on the faithful in the land,

so that they may live with me;

whoever walks in the way that is blameless

shall minister to me.

 

7

No one who practices deceit

shall remain in my house;

no one who utters lies

shall continue in my presence.

 

8

Morning by morning I will destroy

all the wicked in the land,

cutting off all evildoers

from the city of the Lord.


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Ps 101:1-8. In this Psalm the profession of the principles of his domestic and political government testifies, as well as actions in accordance with it, David's appreciation of God's mercy to him, and His judgment on his enemies: and thus he sings or celebrates God's dealings.

2. He avows his sincere purpose, by God's aid, to act uprightly (Ge 17:1; Ps 18:30).

3. set … eyes—as an example to be approved and followed.

no wicked thing—literally, "word," plan or purpose of Belial (Ps 41:8).

work of … aside—apostates.

not cleave to me—I will not be implicated in it (compare Ps 1:1-3).

4. A froward heart—or, "perverse heart" (Ps 18:26). Such a temper I will not indulge, nor even know evil or wickedness.

5, 6. The slanderers and haughty persons, so mischievous in society, I will disown; but—

6. Mine eyes … upon—or, I will select reliable and honest men for my servants.

7. not dwell—literally, "not sit," or tarry, or be established.

8. will early—or, "diligently."

city of the Lord—or, "holy place" (Ps 48:2), where wicked men shall not be tolerated.




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