Psalm 101#sn Psalm 101. The psalmist, who appears to be a king, promises to promote justice in his land and vows to rid his royal court of evildoers.
A psalm of David.
1 I will sing about loyalty and justice!
To you, O Lord, I will sing praises!
2 I will walk in#tn Heb “take notice of.” the way of integrity.
When will you come to me?
I will conduct my business with integrity in the midst of my palace.#tn Heb “I will walk about in the integrity of my heart in the midst of my house.”
3 I will not even consider doing what is dishonest.#tn Heb “I will not set before my eyes a thing of worthlessness.”
I hate doing evil;#tn Heb “the doing of swerving [deeds] I hate.” The Hebrew term סֵטִים (setim) is probably an alternate spelling of שֵׂטִים (setim), which appears in many medieval Hebrew mss. The form appears to be derived from a verbal root שׂוּט (sut, “to fall away; to swerve”; see Ps 40:4).
I will have no part of it.#tn Heb “it [i.e., the doing of evil deeds] does not cling to me.”
4 I will have nothing to do with a perverse person;#tn Heb “a perverse heart will turn aside from me.” The adjective עִקֵּשׁ (’iqqesh) has the basic nuance “twisted; crooked” and by extension refers to someone or something that is morally perverse (see Ps 18:26). It appears frequently in the Book of Proverbs, where it is used of evil people (22:5), speech (8:8; 19:1), thoughts (11:20; 17:20), and life styles (2:15; 28:6).
I will not permit#tn Heb “know.” The king will not willingly allow perverse individuals to remain in his royal court. evil.
5 I will destroy anyone who slanders his neighbor in secret.
I will not tolerate anyone who has a cocky demeanor and an arrogant attitude.#tn Heb “[one who has] pride of eyes and wideness [i.e., arrogance] of heart, him I will not endure.”
6 I will favor the honest people of the land,#tn Heb “my eyes [are] on the faithful of the land.”
and allow them to live with me.#tn The Hebrew text simply reads, “in order to live with me.”
Those who walk in the way of integrity will attend me.#tn Heb “one who walks in the way of integrity, he will minister to me.”
7 Deceitful people will not live in my palace.#tn Heb “he will not live in the midst of my house, one who does deceit.”
Liars will not be welcome in my presence.#tn Heb “one who speaks lies will not be established before my eyes.”
8 Each morning I will destroy all the wicked people in the land,
and remove all evildoers from the city of the Lord.