Psalm 15

Who may come to your tent your holy hill?
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A comprehensive description of the person prepared to live with God. According to the Jewish Talmud, the 613 commandments of the Pentateuch (books of Moses) are summarized in this psalm.
.1 ¶ <<A Psalm of David.>> LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?   Who shall abide? This psalm lists eleven qualifications. See ps02403, is3313, zc0816.
  Abide Here "sojourn" or visiting as a guest.
  Tabernacle From 'ohel a dwelling place. In view of being a guest and remembering that the wilderness tabernacle represented God's dwelling place in heaven, we may understand visiting the tabernacle as coming to God in prayer he0416, 2ch0714, ps02006.
  Holy hill Mount Zion which represents heaven. Also ps00206.
 2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.   Uprightly From tamim also meaning "complete" or "without defect." The word is used of Abraham ge1701 and is our ideal mt0548.
  Worketh righteousness See 1jo0306.
  Truth pr0423.
.3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.   Backbiteth From ragal, which means "to slander." ja03.
  Reproach against le1918, mt0712.
.4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.   Contemned The modern word is "despised." (not "condemned").
  Honoreth Should we honor people who are rich or popular? See ja0203.
.5 He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.   Usury From neshek. Or "lawful interest." For conditions, see ex2225, le2535, de2319.
  Reward Or accepting bribes. ex2308, de1619, pr1723.
  He that doeth these things The closing comment draws comparison to the opening one in v1: "Who shall sojourn .... Who shall dwell"?
  Never be moved As we mold our characters after the pattern given in the Scriptures and the example of Christ, we become established firmly although always on guard. This is the concept of the sealing re0703, ps02601.
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