He who does these things will never be moved. With respect to the meaning of the last clause, interpreters are not agreed. He who not only seems to regard their wicked actions with indifference, but also honors them, shows that he approves of them as much as it is in his power. As promised, my complete modernized translation. But the ordinary reading, he sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not, sets forth the moral integrity of the good man in a still more striking light, by describing him as performing his oath in the face of the greatest temptations to break it, when the performance of it may prove detrimental to his own interests; and this is no mean trial of a man’s 1. 2. escape, they have plundered with greater excess than if they had lent on usury avowedly and openly. Not necessarily people who merely have emotional worship experiences or go to conferences on intimacy. 25. Some draw from it this meaning, that the true servants of God are contemptible and worthless in their own estimation.     “Ce ne sont pas les riches lesquels on mange d’usures.” — Fr. To me, the implication is clear: “He who gives to others with no strings attached.”. This is possibly the most powerful section in the Psalm, giving more specificity to the depths of integrity of the true worshipper. Because I feel like Psalm 15 has much to say to our modern culture, and much of that message would be missed if we read it carelessly without … David, therefore, condemning this inconstancy, requires the children of God to exhibit the greatest steadfastness in the We must, therefore, by no means be indifferent about this matter; on the contrary, we ought rather to exert ourselves in good earnest, that all who profess themselves Christians may lead a holy and an unspotted life. feeling within. of God ought to be far removed from all injustice, is stated more generally: Nor doeth evil to his companion. 301301 “Nor takes up a reproach against his friend” is slightly murky in the Hebrew, but based on the context and the subject matter of the verse, I believe it is clearly a repudiation of gossip, especially gossip against our own kin (family or believers). But besides the consideration, that, if this had been the sense, the words would probably If we condemn all without distinction, there is a danger lest many, seeing themselves brought into such a strait, as to find that sin must be incurred, in whatever way they can turn themselves, may be rendered bolder by despair, and may rush headlong into all kinds of usury, without choice or discrimination. David, however, has a respect, not so much to persons as to wicked works. But above all, what God here declares with respect to all the unrighteous should be deeply imprinted on our memory; namely, that he prohibits them from coming to his sanctuary, and the general rule of the covenant which God has, from the beginning, made with his Church. The answer is easy: David does not intend to exclude faith and prayer, and other spiritual sacrifices; but as hypocrites, in order to promote their own No standout verse that would make for a great “Bible promise” poster in a Christian bookstore. What next follows in the text properly applies to judges who, being corrupted by presents and rewards, pervert all law and justice. flattery and of accommodating ourselves to them, which would be to involve us in the same condemnation with them. “It is not the rich whom they devour by usuries.” I indeed admit, that if the wicked are in authority, we ought not to carry our contempt of them the length of refusing to obey them in so far as a regard to our duty will permit; but, at the same time, we must beware of The first part of this verse is explained in different ways. marg. These are serious words. it, τῷ πλησίον αὐτου, to his neighbor, and so the Syriac, and Latin, and Arabic, and Ethiopic.” — Hammond. “This was a Roman personage of great reputation.” - See Cicero de Officiis, Lib. the rapacity of judges in extorting money from the innocent who are accused, as the price of their deliverance, when they ought rather to have protected and assisted them gratuitously. Are you a person of your word, even when fulfilling those vows begins to cost you significantly? it would not be necessary to enter into lengthened disputes concerning usury. Secondly, he requires justice; that is to say, that they should study to do good to their neighbors, hurt nobody, and abstain from all wrong. The message seems to be pretty straightforward: be nice to people. The manifest design of this prohibition was, to promote humane and fraternal sentiments in the bosoms of the Israelites towards each other. It denotes such agreement and harmony between the heart and tongue, as that the speech is, as it were, a vivid representation of the hidden affection or