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Sunday, June 23rd, 2024
the Week of Proper 7 / Ordinary 12
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Bible Commentaries
Psalms 101

Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the BibleKretzmann's Commentary

Verses 1-8

The Principles of Right Government.

A psalm of David, in which he set forth the guiding rules of his life, especially those of his reign, showing, at the same time, his appreciation of God's mercy to him and celebrating Jehovah's kindness.

v. 1. I will sing of mercy and judgment, of grace as given in the Gospel and appropriated by faith, and of justice, as shown by the Lord in dealing with the believers, the glorious example held before all rulers for careful emulation; unto Thee, O Lord, will I sing, for granting him His favor in establishing his rule on the foundation of grace and mercy and always keeping before the eyes of the king His example.

v. 2. I will behave myself wisely, walking most circumspectly and carefully, in a perfect way, the way of uprightness. O, when wilt Thou come unto me? He desires the help of the Lord in his difficult office; he does not want to undertake anything without God's wisdom to guide him. I will walk within my house, conducting himself in all the affairs of his life, with a perfect heart, in the innocence of his heart, avoiding even the appearance of evil.

v. 3. I will set no wicked thing, no worthless and vile matter, before mine eyes, opposite his eyes, as in the act of pleased contemplation I hate the work of them that turn aside, the committing of transgression and dissoluteness; it shall not cleave to me, he wants to keep himself scrupulously clean from all plans and purposes of Belial.

v. 4. A froward heart shall depart from me, one false and perverse in all its plans; I will not know a wicked person, he will not indulge in, not even know, wickedness.

v. 5. Whoso privily slandereth his neighbor, him will I cut off, destroying him, putting him to death for his sin; him that hath an high look, an arrogant and haughty bearing, and a proud heart, puffed up with insolent haughtiness, will not I suffer, him would David disown outright, not permitting him to remain in his vicinity.

v. 6. Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, observing the trustworthy and making them his advisers, that they may dwell with me; he that walketh in a perfect way, on the way of uprightness, he shall serve me; he wanted only reliable and honest men as his servants.

v. 7. He that worketh deceit, indulging in craft, shall not dwell within my house, not have a position there, not tarry or be established in that place; he that telleth lies, making it a habit to tell deliberate and malicious falsehoods, shall not tarry in my sight, such a one would not be permitted to remain at court.

v. 8. I will early destroy all the wicked of the land, the reference to the morning alluding either to the regular court session, which was held in the morning, or to a diligent, unremittent campaign against the wicked, that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the Lord; for he would not tolerate them in the holy place. The Church of Christ, the congregation of believers, also has the duty to remove from its midst all those who are open violators of God's holy will, since the toleration of wickedness reflects upon the organization which practices such false lenience, which the Lord wants to be a holy people.

Bibliographical Information
Kretzmann, Paul E. Ph. D., D. D. "Commentary on Psalms 101". "Kretzmann's Popular Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/kpc/psalms-101.html. 1921-23.
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