Downfall of the wicked (Ps 101:7-101:8)

“No one who practices deceit

Shall remain in my house.

No one who utters lies

Shall continue in my presence.

Morning by morning

I will destroy

All the wicked in the land.

I will cut off

All evildoers

From the city of Yahweh.”

This psalm ends with the downfall of the wicked ones. Anyone who practiced deceit would not remain in his house. Anyone who lied would no longer continue in his presence. Each morning he would destroy the wicked in the land. He would cut off all the evildoers from the city of Yahweh. Jerusalem, the city of David would be free from wicked evildoers.

Blameless (Ps 101:6-101:6)

“I will look with favor

On the faithful in the land.

Thus they may live with me.

Whoever walks in the way

That is blameless

Shall minister to me.”

On the other hand, David would look with favor on the faithful ones. They would live with him. These blameless ones would be his ministers.

Evildoers (Ps 101:5-101:5)

“One who secretly slanders his neighbor,

I will destroy.

A haughty look,

I will not endure.

An arrogant heart

I will not endure.”

David would destroy those who secretly slander his neighbor. How would he know about this if it was a secret? He would not tolerate haughty looks or arrogant hearts.

No evil (Ps 101:3-101:4)

“I hate the work of those who fall away.

It shall not cleave to me.

Perverseness of heart shall be far from me.

I will know nothing of evil.”

David seems to say that he hates the work of evildoers. They will not hang on to him. Any kind of perverseness of heart shall be far from him. He did not want to know any kind of evil.

Sing to Yahweh (Ps 101:1-101:2)

A psalm of David

“I will sing of loyalty to you.

I will sing of justice to you.

Yahweh!

I will sing.

I will study the way that is blameless.

When shall I attain it?”

Psalm 101 is a psalm of David. David sings of loyalty and justice to Yahweh. He wants to be blameless, but he knows that he has not attained it yet. Perhaps this was a psalm for a king to recite before his coronation.