The righteous ones (Isa 33:15-33:16)

“If you walk righteously,

If you speak uprightly,

If you despise the gain of oppression,

If you wave away a bribe

Instead of accepting it,

If you stop your ears

From hearing of bloodshed,

If you shut your eyes

From looking on evil,

You will live on the heights.

Your refuge will be

The fortresses of rocks.

Your food will be supplied.

Your water will be assured.”

This is somewhat like Psalm 15 with its description about the righteous ones who can be admitted to the Temple. The righteous ones walk righteously, speak upright, and despise the gains from oppression. They do not accept bribes nor hear of bloodshed. They close their eyes to evil. These are the people who will live on the heights of Zion. They will not have to worry about refuge, food, or water, since Yahweh will take care of them.

Those who can be admitted to the Temple (Ps 15:2-15:5)

“Those who walk blamelessly,

Those who do what is right,

Those who speak the truth from their heart,

Those who do not slander with their tongue,

Those who do no evil to their friends,

Those who do not take up a reproach against their neighbor,

Those in whose eyes the wicked are despised,

Those who honor and fear Yahweh,

Those who stand by their oath even to their hurt,

Those who do not lend money at interest,

Those who do not take a bribe against the innocent,

Those who do these things

Shall never be moved.”

Now we find out for sure who can be admitted to the worship of Yahweh. What are the moral pre-requisites? Here we have the list of those allowed into the temple of Yahweh. They walk blamelessly, doing what is right. They speak the truth from their heart. They do not slander. They do not do any evil things to their friends and neighbors. They despise the wicked. They honor and fear Yahweh. They stand by their own even in rough times. They do not lend money at interest. They do not take bribes that hurt the innocent. Doing all these things will get you entrance into the Temple of Yahweh.

The liturgy of Yahweh (Ps 15:1-15:1)

A psalm of David.

Yahweh!

Who may abide in your tent?

Who may dwell on your holy hill?”

Who can be admitted into the worship of Yahweh? The title of this very short Psalm 15 is merely that of David. Clearly it is tied to the temple worship. Who can enter Yahweh’s holy tent and holy hill? The conditions for entering will be outlined in the next few verses.