Old Testament

Psalm 101
Psalm 101
The Good Ruler
By David. A psalm.
The Righteousness of the Lord
1I will sing about your mercy and justice.
To you, O Lord, I will make music.
The Righteousness of the King
2I will act wisely, following the way that is honest.
When will you come to me?
Within my palace I will conduct myself with integrity.[]
Righteousness in His Court
3I will not tolerate an evil[] cause in my sight.
I hate unfaithfulness and apostasy.[]
It will not stick to me.
4A perverted heart shall be kept far from me.
I will not acknowledge evil.
5I will silence anyone who slanders his neighbor in secret.
I cannot tolerate anyone who has arrogant eyes and a proud heart.
6My eyes will watch for the faithful in the land,
so that they can be seated with me.
Those who walk in the way of integrity will serve as my ministers.
7Anyone who practices deceit will not sit inside my palace.
Anyone who is a liar will not stand in my sight.
8Every morning I will silence all the wicked in the land,
in order to cut off every evildoer from the city of the Lord.


  • 101:2 More literally I will walk around in my house with wholeness of heart
  • 101:3 Or devilish. The Hebrew word is belial, which means without restraint or without worth. In late Hebrew it became a name of Satan.
  • 101:3 The meaning of the line is uncertain. It seems to read I hate doing of apostasies.