Psalm 101 – “Declarations of Commitment”

Hebrew-English Text
I. Summary
The psalmist vows to praise God, destroy the wicked, and align himself with the blameless.

II. Photo
The psalmist is on a mission: “Each morning I will destroy all the wicked of the land, to rid the city of the Lord of all evildoers.” (v. 8)

III. Select Verses
3-4: I will not set before my eyes anything base; I hate crooked dealing; I will have none of it. Perverse thoughts will be far from me; I will know nothing of evil.
5: He who slanders his friend in secret I will destroy; I cannot endure the haughty and proud man.
7: He who deals deceitfully shall not live in my house; he who speaks untruth shall not stand before my eyes.
8: Each morning I will destroy all the wicked of the land, to rid the city of the LORD of all evildoers.

IV. Outline

1b-8. Vows
    1b. Praise
    2. The way of the blameless
    3. Shunning bad things
    4. Shunning evil
    5. Destroying the wicked man
    6. Aligning with the blameless
    7. Shunning the deceitful
    8. Destroying the evil ones

V. Comment
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VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Gerstenberger, Erhard. Psalms Part 2 and Lamentations (Forms of Old Testament Literature; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001).
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