Psalms 15

A psalm of David.

1 LORD, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain?
2 The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart;
3 whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others;
4 who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the LORD; who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind;
5 who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never be shaken.

Psalms 15 Commentary

Chapter 15

The way to heaven, if we would be happy, we must be holy. We are encouraged to walk in that way.

- Here is a very serious question concerning the character of a citizen of Zion. It is the happiness of glorified saints, that they dwell in the holy hill; they are at home there, they shall be for ever there. It concerns us to make it sure to ourselves that we have a place among them. A very plain and particular answer is here given. Those who desire to know their duty, will find the Scripture a very faithful director, and conscience a faithful monitor. A citizen of Zion is sincere in his religion. He is really what he professes to be, and endeavours to stand complete in all the will of God. He is just both to God and man; and, in speaking to both, speaks the truth in his heart. He scorns and abhors wrong and fraud; he cannot reckon that a good bargain, nor a saving one, which is made with a lie; and knows that he who wrongs his neighbour will prove, in the end, to have most injured himself. He is very careful to do hurt to no man. He speaks evil of no man, makes not others' faults the matter of his common talk; he makes the best of every body, and the worst of nobody. If an ill-natured story be told him, he will disprove it if he can; if not, it goes no further. He values men by their virtue and piety. Wicked people are vile people, worthless, and good for nothing; so the word signifies. He thinks the worse of no man's piety for his poverty and mean condition. He reckons that serious piety puts honour upon a man, more than wealth, or a great name. He honours such, desires their conversation and an interest in their prayers, is glad to show them respect, or do them a kindness. By this we may judge of ourselves in some measure. Even wise and good men may swear to their own hurt: but see how strong the obligation is, a man must rather suffer loss to himself and his family, than wrong his neighbour. He will not increase his estate by extortion, or by bribery. He will not, for any gain, or hope of it to himself, do any thing to hurt a righteous cause. Every true living member of the church, like the church itself, is built upon a Rock. He that doeth these things shall not be moved for ever. The grace of God shall always be sufficient for him. The union of these tempers and this conduct, can only spring from repentance for sin, faith in the Saviour, and love to him. In these respects let us examine and prove our own selves.

Cross References 11

  • 1. Exodus 29:46; Psalms 23:6; Psalms 27:4; Psalms 61:4
  • 2. Exodus 25:8; 1 Chronicles 22:19; Psalms 20:2; Psalms 78:69; Psalms 150:1; Psalms 27:5-6
  • 3. S Exodus 15:17; Psalms 24:3-5
  • 4. S Genesis 6:9; S Psalms 18:32; Ephesians 1:4; S 1 Thessalonians 3:13; Titus 1:6
  • 5. Psalms 24:4; Proverbs 16:13; Isaiah 45:19; Jeremiah 7:28; Jeremiah 9:5; Zechariah 8:3,16; Romans 9:1; S Ephesians 4:25
  • 6. S Leviticus 19:16; Exodus 23:1
  • 7. S Job 19:9; Acts 28:10
  • 8. S Deuteronomy 23:21; S Joshua 9:18; Matthew 5:33; Judges 11:35
  • 9. S Exodus 22:25
  • 10. S Exodus 18:21; S 1 Samuel 8:3; Acts 24:26; Exodus 23:8; Deuteronomy 16:19
  • 11. S Job 29:18; Psalms 21:7; Psalms 112:6; Acts 2:25; Hebrews 12:28; 2 Peter 1:10

Chapter Summary


\\<>\\. As in the preceding psalm, according to Theodoret, the salvation of the inhabitants of Jerusalem is foretold, and the liberty of the captives; so in this advice is given to them, and the life they ought to live proposed, who should share in such benefits.

Psalms 15 Commentaries

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