Psalms 101
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1  A Psalm of David. I will sing of mercy and justice; unto Thee, O Hashem, will I sing praises.

א  לְדָוִד מִזְמוֹר חֶסֶד וּמִשְׁפָּט אָשִׁירָה לְךָ יְהוָה אֲזַמֵּרָה.

2  I will give heed unto the way of integrity; oh when wilt Thou come unto me? I will walk within my house in the integrity of my heart.

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

3  I will set no base thing before mine eyes; I hate the doing of things crooked; it shall not cleave unto me.

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

4  A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will know no evil thing.

ד  לֵבָב עִקֵּשׁ יָסוּר מִמֶּנִּי רָע לֹא אֵדָע.

5  Whoso slandereth his neighbour in secret, him will I destroy; whoso is haughty of eye and proud of heart, him will I not suffer.

ה  מלושני (מְלָשְׁנִי) בַסֵּתֶר רֵעֵהוּ אוֹתוֹ אַצְמִית גְּבַהּ עֵינַיִם וּרְחַב לֵבָב אֹתוֹ לֹא אוּכָל.

6  Mine eyes are upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me; he that walketh in a way of integrity, he shall minister unto me.

ו  עֵינַי בְּנֶאֶמְנֵי אֶרֶץ לָשֶׁבֶת עִמָּדִי הֹלֵךְ בְּדֶרֶךְ תָּמִים הוּא יְשָׁרְתֵנִי.

7  He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house; he that speaketh falsehood shall not be established before mine eyes.

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

8  Morning by morning will I destroy all the wicked of the land; to cut off all the workers of iniquity from the city of Hashem.

la-b’-ka-REEM atz-MEET kol rish-AY A-retz l’-hakh-REET may-EER a-do-NAI kol po-a-LAY A-ven

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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