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Chapter 101


A psalm of David. 1 I sing of love and justice; to you, LORD, I sing praise.


2 I follow the way of integrity; when will you come to me? I act with integrity of heart within my royal court.


I do not allow into my presence anyone who speaks perversely. Whoever acts shamefully I hate; no such person can be my friend.


I shun the devious of heart; the wicked I do not tolerate.


Whoever slanders another in secret I reduce to silence. Haughty eyes and arrogant hearts I cannot endure.


3 I look to the faithful of the land; they alone can be my companions. Those who follow the way of integrity, they alone can enter my service.


No one who practices deceit can hold a post in my court. No one who speaks falsely can be among my advisors.


4 Each morning I clear the wicked from the land, and rid the LORD'S city of all evildoers.



1 [Psalm 101] The king, grateful at being God's chosen ( Psalm 100:1), promises to be a ruler after God's own heart ( Psalm 100:2-3), allowing into the royal service only the God-fearing ( Psalm 100:3-8).

2 [2] Within my royal court: the king promises to make his own household a model for Israel, banning all officials who abuse their power.

3 [6] I look to the faithful of the land: the king seeks companions only among those faithful to God.

4 [8] Each morning: the normal time for the administration of justice ( 2 Sam 15:2; Jeremiah 21:12) and for the arrival of divine aid ( Psalm 59:17; 143:8; Isaiah 33:2). I clear the wicked from the land: the king, as God's servant, is responsible for seeing that divine justice is carried out.

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