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Psalm 24

Entrance into the Temple

Of David. A Psalm.


The earth is the L ord’s and all that is in it,

the world, and those who live in it;


for he has founded it on the seas,

and established it on the rivers.



Who shall ascend the hill of the L ord?

And who shall stand in his holy place?


Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,

who do not lift up their souls to what is false,

and do not swear deceitfully.


They will receive blessing from the L ord,

and vindication from the God of their salvation.


Such is the company of those who seek him,

who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah



Lift up your heads, O gates!

and be lifted up, O ancient doors!

that the King of glory may come in.


Who is the King of glory?

The L ord, strong and mighty,

the L ord, mighty in battle.


Lift up your heads, O gates!

and be lifted up, O ancient doors!

that the King of glory may come in.


Who is this King of glory?

The L ord of hosts,

he is the King of glory. Selah

6. This is the generation. I have just now observed, that by the demonstrative pronoun this, the Psalmist erases from the catalogue of the servants of God all counterfeit Israelites, who, trusting only to their circumcision and the sacrifices of beasts, have no concern about offering themselves to God; and yet, at the same time, they rashly thrust themselves into the church. Such persons may pretend to have delight in the service of God, by often coming to his temple, but they have no other design than to withdraw themselves from him as far as they can. Now, as nothing was more common in the mouths of each of them than to say, that they all belonged to the holy seed, the Psalmist has limited the name of holy generation to the true observers of the law; as if he had said, All who have sprung from Abraham, according to the flesh, are not, on that account, his legitimate children. It is, no doubt, truly said in many other places, as we shall see in Psalm 27, that those sought the face of God who, to testify their godliness, exercised themselves in the ceremonies before the ark of the covenant; that is to say, if they were brought thither by a pure and holy affection. But as hypocrites seek God externally in a certain way, as well as true saints, while yet they shun him by their windings and false pretences, 548548     “Lequel toutesfois ils fuyent par leurs destours et faux semblans.” — Fr. David here declares that God is not sought in truth unless there go before a zealous cultivation of holiness and righteousness. To give the sentence greater emphasis, he repeats it, using the second person, and addressing his discourse to God. 549549     He first says, “That seek him,” and next, “That seek thy face.” It is as if he summoned before the judgment-seat of God hypocrites, who account it nothing falsely to use the name of God before the world; and he thus teaches us, that whatever they may say in their empty talk among men, the judgment of God will be a very different matter. He adds the word Jacob, for the confirmation of the same doctrine putting it for those who were descended from Jacob; as if he had said, Although circumcision distinguishes all the seed of Jacob according to the flesh from the Gentiles, yet we can only distinguish the chosen people by the fear and reverence of God, as Christ said, “Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” (John 1:47.)

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