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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

  • A disciple
    Cont. "..This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. John 6:28" It will require hard work of self examination and giving account honestly to God, and to remember the word of God in all the appropriate moments of the day when we are ambushed by the things of the flesh and contradictions of the world seeking to take away us from holiness and a good conscience into sinning.
  • A disciple
    Bill; "..This is the work of God,that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. John 6:28" In the parable of the sower, who was responsible for every man's heart, what kind it was, and whether it was in a right condition for the Word to bring forth fruit? It takes WORK to change your heart from being beat down hard by the world walking all over it! It takes work to dig deep and get rid of the stones...
  • A disciple
    "...This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.' John 6:28 Notice the Lord uses the word WORK. Faith without works is dead. Real knowing and understanding the LORD, is taking a course in life directed in His Spirit to keep the commandments out of an obedient heart. ALL GRACE is then manifested by our actions, words and innermost thoughts; the reflection of His divine nature.
  • A disciple
    Bill; all the Scriptures you quote are wonderful; but why don't you believe they have any power to make you a new man? Why do you attack me for writing the truth about the work of grace? If you haven't yet repented of all your sins, and still afraid of being REALLY AND THOROUGHLY CONVERTED; that would explain your hostility to showing proof of your love to Jesus, by actual day to day OBEDIENCE!
  • Mild Bill,saved by grace
    Marilyn,"Then said they unto him,What shall we do,that we might work the works of God?Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God,that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.John6:28
  • Mild Bill,saved by grace
    Disciple,U err."The completed word and work of grace is in the action!"
    That's wrong reasoning.Grace of God is completed on the cross.We
    are complete in him and his work on the cross.Colossians2:10
    Fruit is not our works, but God's changing our character to a likeness of Christ
    while we are here.Matthew7:22
  • Marilyn Thompson
    Who ? I am working everyday to be one the Who. I try to walk up right, work righteously and speak the Truth at all times.
    If I treat my neighbors and my family like I want to be treated then I will be one of the WHO!
  • Karen
    It is a remarkable description of a new man.

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Psalm 15 describes what kind of person?
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