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A Commentary, Critical, Practical, and Explanatory on the Old and New Testaments, by Robert Jamieson, A.R. Fausset and David Brown [1882] at

Psalms Chapter 15

Psalms 15:1

psa 15:1

Those who are fit for communion with God may be known by a conformity to His law, which is illustrated in various important particulars. (Psa 15:1-5)

abide--or, "sojourn" (compare Psa 5:4), where it means under God's protection here, as (Psa 23:6, Psa 27:4, Psa 27:6) communion.

tabernacle--seat of the ark (Sa2 6:17), the symbol of God's presence.

holy hill--(Compare Psa 2:6).

Psalms 15:2

psa 15:2

walketh--(Compare Psa 1:1).

uprightly--in a complete manner, as to all parts of conduct (Gen 17:1), not as to degree.

worketh--or, "does."

righteousness--what is right.

in his heart--sincerely (Pro 23:7).

Psalms 15:3

psa 15:3

He neither slanders nor spreads slander.

Psalms 15:4

psa 15:4

Love and hate are regulated by a regard to God.

sweareth . . . hurt--or what so results (compare Lev 5:4).

Psalms 15:5

psa 15:5

(Compare Lev 25:37; Deu 23:19-20).

usury is derived from a verb meaning "to bite." All gains made by the wrongful loss of others are forbidden.

taketh reward, &c.--The innocent would not otherwise be condemned (compare Exo 23:8; Deu 16:19). Bribery of all sorts is denounced.

doeth these, &c.--Such persons admitted to God's presence and favor shall never be moved (Psa 10:6; Psa 13:5).

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