The Bible – Old Testament
A psalm of David. 1 I sing of love and justice; to you, LORD, I sing praise.
2 I follow the way of integrity; when will you come to me? I act with integrity of heart within my royal court.
I do not allow into my presence anyone who speaks perversely. Whoever acts shamefully I hate; no such person can be my friend.
I shun the devious of heart; the wicked I do not tolerate.
Whoever slanders another in secret I reduce to silence. Haughty eyes and arrogant hearts I cannot endure.
3 I look to the faithful of the land; they alone can be my companions. Those who follow the way of integrity, they alone can enter my service.
No one who practices deceit can hold a post in my court. No one who speaks falsely can be among my advisors.
4 Each morning I clear the wicked from the land, and rid the LORD’S city of all evildoers.
1 [Psalm 101] The king, grateful at being God’s chosen (⇒ Psalm 100:1), promises to be a ruler after God’s own heart (⇒ Psalm 100:2-3), allowing into the royal service only the God-fearing (⇒ Psalm 100:3-8).
2  Within my royal court: the king promises to make his own household a model for Israel, banning all officials who abuse their power.
3  I look to the faithful of the land: the king seeks companions only among those faithful to God.
4  Each morning: the normal time for the administration of justice (⇒ 2 Sam 15:2; ⇒ Jeremiah 21:12) and for the arrival of divine aid (⇒ Psalm 59:17; ⇒ 143:8; ⇒ Isaiah 33:2). I clear the wicked from the land: the king, as God’s servant, is responsible for seeing that divine justice is carried out.