Who may go up to his holy dwelling place?
24:4 The one whose deeds are blameless
and whose motives are pure, 3
who does not lie, 4
or make promises with no intention of keeping them. 5
and vindicated by the God who delivers them. 7
24:6 Such purity characterizes the people who seek his favor,
Jacob’s descendants, who pray to him. 8 (Selah)
3 tn Heb “the innocent of hands and the pure of heart.” The “hands” allude to one’s actions, the “heart” to one’s thought life and motives.
4 tn Heb “who does not lift up for emptiness my life.” The first person pronoun on נַפְשִׁי (nafshiy, “my life”) makes little sense here; many medieval Hebrew
5 tn Heb “and does not swear an oath deceitfully.”
6 tn Heb “he (the righteous individual described in v. 4) lifts up a blessing from the
7 tn “and vindication from the God of his deliverance.”
sn This verse presents a somewhat idealized view of Jacob’s descendants as devoted worshipers of the Lord.