Chapter 15

1A psalm of David. Hashem, who may sojourn in Your tent, who may dwell on Your holy mountain?

אמִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד יְהֹוָה מִי־יָגוּר בְּאָהֳלֶךָ מִי־יִשְׁכֹּן בְּהַר קָדְשֶׁךָ׃

2He who lives without blame, who does what is right, and in his heart acknowledges the truth;

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בהוֹלֵךְ תָּמִים וּפֹעֵל צֶדֶק וְדֹבֵר אֱמֶת בִּלְבָבוֹ׃

 15:2   And in his heart acknowledges the truth

This verse teaches that one who does what is right and ‘acknowledges the truth,’ do-vayr emet (דבר אמת), will merit to dwell with the Lord. The words doveir emet literally mean ‘speak the truth,’ and according to Radak, imply that it is not enough to think or know the truth; one must also speak about it and spread it. Finding the truth in a world of falsehood is a constant challenge. Especially with regard to Israel today, an abundance of lies and misinformation is constantly being spread. It is therefore important to learn effective tools for speaking up on Israel’s behalf and countering false and unfair claims commonly made against Israel. Spreading the truth about Israel will bring the world closer to peace and closer to Hashem.

3whose tongue is not given to evil; who has never done harm to his fellow, or borne reproach for [his acts toward] his neighbor;

גלֹא־רָגַל עַל־לְשֹׁנוֹ לֹא־עָשָׂה לְרֵעֵהוּ רָעָה וְחֶרְפָּה לֹא־נָשָׂא עַל־קְרֹבוֹ׃

4for whom a contemptible man is abhorrent, but who honors those who fear Hashem; who stands by his oath even to his hurt;

דנִבְזֶה בְּעֵינָיו נִמְאָס וְאֶת־יִרְאֵי יְהֹוָה יְכַבֵּד נִשְׁבַּע לְהָרַע וְלֹא יָמִר׃

5who has never lent money at interest, or accepted a bribe against the innocent. The man who acts thus shall never be shaken.

הכַּסְפּוֹ לֹא־נָתַן בְּנֶשֶׁךְ וְשֹׁחַד עַל־נָקִי לֹא לָקָח עֹשֵׂה־אֵלֶּה לֹא יִמּוֹט לְעוֹלָם׃