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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

  • Michael
    Who am I before Lord. The Psalm give us power to assess ourselves. I am impressed to see many people are taking oath of office while reading this phrase.

  • Nemo
    I like this passage because it tells us how we should walk in Jesus and where our heart should be in God.
  • Irene123
    V.4 - "a vile person is contemned (i.e. condemned). We are not to hate the person, but the sin. It was ALWAYS God's judgment that Amaleks, Amorites, Philistines, etc, were to be destroyed; only God knows if a soul will be converted later on. These people all were the O.T. type of sin, just as the 'leven' in the exodus from Egypt was a type of sin.
  • This is the Holy characteristic of God peoples should be and their motives towar
    Psalm 15 describes who a true christians should be and how we should conduct ourselves as christians.Its also describes the Holy nature of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.If Christ richly dwell in us,this is the person, that others should see in our lives,by examples,actions, and motives.This Psalmist also describes our heart as well as our lives in Christ Jesus.Be ye Holy for I am Holy.
  • Bj
    we should do all we can to fulfill our word, even if it is very difficult to do so.
  • Irene123
    To Kathy on being 'citizens of Jesus ..'; Quote: "if we can....."; we can; there's no 'if' about it. Act 2:38. His Spirit ( Holy Ghost) gives us all this power - without fail (unless we fail Him). I just wanted to clarify this for others reading it. Many on here have just started reading His word. That's what His Spirit is for: to empower us.
  • Valerie santos
    wow as i continually reading the word an also look upon the commentary i gets the fullness in understanding what the word really means. how are we surppose to treat our neighbors. anything that comes out our mouth against our neighbor can not only hurt them but ourselves as well. i would like to think that there is a calling on everyones life, we just have to trust in our savior to cleanse us.
  • Southern Sir
    It's amazing how I think I'm living a good and deserving life treating everyone how I want to be treated, but then I read and truly meditate on Ps. 15, I greatly missed the mark of a good man worthy of Gods mercy.

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