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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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Verses 6–9

The happiness of Israel is made out by referring to the most useful governors of that people. They in every thing made God's word and law their rule, knowing that they could not else expect that their prayers should be answered. They all wonderfully prevailed with God in prayer; miracles were wrought at their request. They pleaded for the people, and obtained answers of peace. Our Prophet and High Priest, of infinitely greater dignity than Moses, Aaron, or Samuel, has received and declared to us the will of the Father. Let us not only exalt the Lord with our lips, but give him the throne in our heart; and while we worship him upon his mercy-seat, let us never forget that he is holy.




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