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The scope of this short, but excellent psalm,
is to shew us the way to heaven.
Here is a question proposed, ver. 1.
The answer to it, ver. 2 - 5.
A psalm of David.
1: Who - Who shall so dwell in thy church here, as to dwell with
thee for ever in heaven?
2: Uprightly - Loving, and serving God, and loving his neighbour not
in word only, but in truth; and this constantly. Worketh - Makes it his
business to do justly, to give to every one his due, first to God, and
then to men. Speaketh - His words and professions to God and men, agree
with the thoughts and purposes of his heart.
3: He - He that doth not speak evil of his neighbour.
Neighbour - That is, any man. Nor taketh - Into his mouth, doth not
raise it, neither spread or propagate it; or believe it without
4: Vile - An ungodly man. Honoureth - He highly esteems and loves
them, though they be mean as to their worldly condition, and though
they may differ from him in some opinions or practices of lesser moment.
Sweareth - A promissory oath. Hurt - To his own damage. As if a man
solemnly swear, that he will sell him such an estate at a price below
the full worth; or that, he will give a poor man such a sum of money,
which afterwards he finds inconvenient to him. Changeth not - His purpose,
but continues firm and resolved to perform his promise.
5: To usury - In such a manner as is contrary to God's law: of which
see otherwise, (Ex 22:25,Le 25:36,37), &c.
Reward - Or, a bribe for him who hath a bad cause. Moved - He shall
abide with God here, and when he dies be for ever with the Lord.