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Psalms 15:1-3

Psalm 15 1 

A psalm of David.

15:1 Lord, who may be a guest in your home? 2 

Who may live on your holy hill? 3 

15:2 Whoever lives a blameless life, 4 

does what is right,

and speaks honestly. 5 

15:3 He 6  does not slander, 7 

or do harm to others, 8 

or insult his neighbor. 9 

1 sn Psalm 15. This psalm describes the character qualities that one must possess to be allowed access to the divine presence.

2 tn Heb “Who may live as a resident alien in your tent?”

3 sn In this context the Lord’s holy hill probably refers to Zion/Jerusalem. See Isa 66:20; Joel 2:1; 3:17; Zech 8:3; Pss 2:6; 43:3; 48:1; 87:1; Dan 9:16.

4 tn Heb “one who walks blamelessly.”

5 tn Heb “one who speaks truth in his heart”; or “one who speaks truth [that is] in his heart.” This apparently refers to formulating a truthful statement in one’s mind and then honestly revealing that statement in one’s speech.

6 sn Hebrew literature often assumes and reflects the male-oriented perspective of ancient Israelite society. The principle of the psalm is certainly applicable to all people, regardless of their gender or age.

7 tn Heb “he does not slander upon his tongue.” For another example of רָגַל (ragal, “slander”) see 2 Sam 19:28.

8 tn Or “his fellow.”

9 tn Heb “and he does not lift up an insult against one who is near to him.”

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