Psalms 101
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1  Of David. A psalm. I will sing of faithfulness and justice; I will chant a hymn to You, Hashem.

א  לְדָוִד מִזְמוֹר חֶסֶד־וּמִשְׁפָּט אָשִׁירָה לְךָ יְהוָה אֲזַמֵּרָה׃

2  I will study the way of the blameless; when shall I attain it? I will live without blame within my house.

ב  אַשְׂכִּילָה בְּדֶרֶךְ תָּמִים מָתַי תָּבוֹא אֵלָי אֶתְהַלֵּךְ בְּתָם־לְבָבִי בְּקֶרֶב בֵּיתִי׃

3  I will not set before my eyes anything base; I hate crooked dealing; I will have none of it.

ג  לֹא־אָשִׁית לְנֶגֶד עֵינַי דְּבַר־בְּלִיָּעַל עֲשֹׂה־סֵטִים שָׂנֵאתִי לֹא יִדְבַּק בִּי׃

4  Perverse thoughts will be far from me; I will know nothing of evil.

ד  לֵבָב עִקֵּשׁ יָסוּר מִמֶּנִּי רָע לֹא אֵדָע׃

5  He who slanders his friend in secret I will destroy; I cannot endure the haughty and proud man.

ה  מלושני [מְלָשְׁנִי] בַסֵּתֶר רֵעֵהוּ אוֹתוֹ אַצְמִית גְּבַהּ־עֵינַיִם וּרְחַב לֵבָב אֹתוֹ לֹא אוּכָל׃

6  My eyes are on the trusty men of the land, to have them at my side. He who follows the way of the blameless shall be in my service.

ו  עֵינַי בְּנֶאֶמְנֵי־אֶרֶץ לָשֶׁבֶת עִמָּדִי הֹלֵךְ בְּדֶרֶךְ תָּמִים הוּא יְשָׁרְתֵנִי׃

7  He who deals deceitfully shall not live in my house; he who speaks untruth shall not stand before my eyes.

ז  לֹא־יֵשֵׁב בְּקֶרֶב בֵּיתִי עֹשֵׂה רְמִיָּה דֹּבֵר שְׁקָרִים לֹא־יִכּוֹן לְנֶגֶד עֵינָי׃

8  Each morning I will destroy all the wicked of the land, to rid the city of Hashem of all evildoers.

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ח  לַבְּקָרִים אַצְמִית כָּל־רִשְׁעֵי־אָרֶץ לְהַכְרִית מֵעִיר־יְהוָה כָּל־פֹּעֲלֵי אָוֶן׃

101:8   To cut off all the workers of iniquity from the city of the Lord

Psalm 101 is King David’s report to God of his efforts to create a just and righteous society. They involve rooting out evil from the cities, and supporting and bolstering the innocent and simple souls. Jerusalem is the Lord’s holy city, and David works towards maintaining its sacred character by ensuring justice throughout the land on a daily basis. Similarly, part of the Temple space was dedicated for the ‘Sanhedrin,’ the High Court, so that within the house of God, a system of justice was always functioning.

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101:8   To rid the city of Hashem of all evildoers

Psalm 101 is King David’s report to God of his efforts to create a just and righteous society. These involve rooting out evil from the cities, and supporting and bolstering the innocent and simple souls. Yerushalayim is Hashem’s holy city, and David works towards maintaining its sacred character by ensuring justice throughout the city on a daily basis. Similarly, part of the space in the Beit Hamikdash was designated for the Sanhedrin, the High Court, so that within the house of God, a system of justice was always functioning.Comment

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