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1 (A Psalm of David.) LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?

2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.

3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.

4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.

5 He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.

Commentary for Psalms 15

The way to heaven, if we would be happy, we must be holy. We are encouraged to walk in that way.

- Here is a very serious question concerning the character of a citizen of Zion. It is the happiness of glorified saints, that they dwell in the holy hill; they are at home there, they shall be for ever there. It concerns us to make it sure to ourselves that we have a place among them. A very plain and particular answer is here given. Those who desire to know their duty, will find the Scripture a very faithful director, and conscience a faithful monitor. A citizen of Zion is sincere in his religion. He is really what he professes to be, and endeavours to stand complete in all the will of God. He is just both to God and man; and, in speaking to both, speaks the truth in his heart. He scorns and abhors wrong and fraud; he cannot reckon that a good bargain, nor a saving one, which is made with a lie; and knows that he who wrongs his neighbour will prove, in the end, to have most injured himself. He is very careful to do hurt to no man. He speaks evil of no man, makes not others' faults the matter of his common talk; he makes the best of every body, and the worst of nobody. If an ill-natured story be told him, he will disprove it if he can; if not, it goes no further. He values men by their virtue and piety. Wicked people are vile people, worthless, and good for nothing; so the word signifies. He thinks the worse of no man's piety for his poverty and mean condition. He reckons that serious piety puts honour upon a man, more than wealth, or a great name. He honours such, desires their conversation and an interest in their prayers, is glad to show them respect, or do them a kindness. By this we may judge of ourselves in some measure. Even wise and good men may swear to their own hurt: but see how strong the obligation is, a man must rather suffer loss to himself and his family, than wrong his neighbour. He will not increase his estate by extortion, or by bribery. He will not, for any gain, or hope of it to himself, do any thing to hurt a righteous cause. Every true living member of the church, like the church itself, is built upon a Rock. He that doeth these things shall not be moved for ever. The grace of God shall always be sufficient for him. The union of these tempers and this conduct, can only spring from repentance for sin, faith in the Saviour, and love to him. In these respects let us examine and prove our own selves.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 15

  • Kathy
    This has blessed my heart. If we can walk in these truths we will be better citizens of Jesus Christ
  • TUMBA744
    God want's us to be honestly holy practicing Christianity without pretense and self deception.
  • Angela oduah for verse 3
    He that does not speak evil of any man behind him or listen read gossip about others or harbour bitterness unforginess ill feeling against any man.
  • Junisha huggins
    God want us to live right by the word speaking of the truth walking in the truth .God want us to be holy speak from your heart that is true. Lovecthy neighbor no matter what they have lied on u accusing u God dont want us tobedoing something for anyone qnd talking about it no backbitting and I can say Good is amazing
  • Anonymous
    Thank you Lord for making me understanding that kinds of people that cannot every move because up hole your up right ones. Chapter 15 touch my heart because I understand what god is saying to me . Thanks Heavenly Father for the Apple of your eyes.
  • Promise
    This verse is one of my favourate

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