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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
    "And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing." 2 Samuel 24:24 TRUE TRUE TRUE!!! No one is redeemed or can come at all to the Father except through the blood of Christ; but no one just slips in without doing righteousness. Its not a contest, but proof of grace wrought.
  • Steve morrow
    PSALM 94:10 HE THAT CHASTISETH THE HEATHEN SHALL NOT HE CORRECT HE THAT TEACHETH MAN KNOWLEDGE SHALL NOT HE KNOW 1 PETER 4:17 FOR THE TIME IS COME THAT JUDGEMENT MUST BEGIN AT THE HOUSE OF GOD AND IF IT FIRST BEGIN AT US WHAT SHALL THE END BE OF THEM --- THAT OBEY NOT THE GOSPEL OF GOD ---
  • Steve morrow
    1 PETER 4:18 AND IF THE RIGHTEOUS --- SCARCELY BE SAVED WHERE WILL THE UNGODLY AND THE SINNER APPEAR --4:19--WHEREFORE LET THEM THAT SUFFER ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD COMMMIT THE KEEPING OF THEIR SOULS TO HIM --- IN WELL DOING --- AS UNTO A FAITHFUL CREATOR 2 THESSALONIANS 3:13 BUT YOU BRETHREN BE NOT WEARY IN WELL DOING
  • Mild Bill
    Who, is "he" in the following verses, the Lord Jesus. "if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void". Having once violated any law we have no righteousness. Believers receive an imputed righteousness which was bought by Christ.By the grace of God the payment is put on our account,never earned.Our service to God is out of gratitude, with nothing to merit salvation.Heirs by grace only.
  • A disciple
    "LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?" When the rich young man came to Jesus asking what he must do to have eternal life, the Lord told him, You know the commandments...do these and you shall live." Afterwards He spoke directly to the young man's innermost thoughts, and his covetousness. What part of these things David mentions, are too hard for us to live by?
  • BSP
    God has outlined the standards and qualities he wants in those who want to be close to Him.
  • Steve morrow
    ROMANS 6:16 KNOW YOU NOT THAT TO WHOM YOU YIELD YOURSELVES SERVANTS TO OBEY HIS SERVANTS YOU ARE TO WHOM YOU OBEY WHETHER OF SIN UNTO DEATH OR OF ---OBEDIENCE UNTO RIGHTEOUSNESS --- 1 CORINTHIANS 11:3 BUT I WOULD HAVE YOU THAT THE HEAD OF EVERY MAN IS CHRIST --- AND THE HEAD OF THE WOMAN IS THE MAN --- AND THE HEAD CHRIST IS GOD *** 1 TIMOTHY 2:11 LET THE WOMAN LEARN IN SILENCE WITH ALL SUBJECTION
  • A disciple
    Pamela; The Worthiness here spoken of refers to a clean conscience, and a good and right heart that receives the Word, and brings forth the fruit thereof; which is the character and behavior made in the image and likeness of God. I encourage all of us to read carefully 2 Peter 1, about what it means to walk with the Lord, and not stumble! and how to "prove ourselves worthy" of His Calling upon us.

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Psalm 15 describes what kind of person?
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