Epistles of Thomas

February 9, 2010

Psalms 13-15

Filed under: Old Testament — Thomas @ 19:22
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Psalm 13 is David’s expression of being in a bad place at a bad time seemingly without the Lord’s assistance. However, he expresses a hopeful attitude: “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.” Psalm 14 repeats that the entire human race is evil: “All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.” Although there seems to be no hope he calls for God’s salvation to come out of Zion. Psalm 15 is good evidence for James’ statement that one must obey the whole law (2:10). David asks “LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy mountain?” He answers by listing a whole range of requirements: 1) their walk is blameless; 2) do what is righteous; 3) speak the truth; 4) do not slander; 5) do no wrong to their neighbours; 6) cast no slur on others; 7) despise the vile; 8 ) and honour those who fear the Lord; 9) keep their oaths even when it hurts; 10) lend money to the poor without interest; and 11) accept no bribes against the innocent.

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