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Bible Commentaries

Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible

Psalms 101

Verses 1-8

This Ps. is the prayer of a ruler, apparently of a king. Many scholars believe that the title which ascribes its authorship to David is correct, and connect it with David’s desire to have the ark brought from the house of Obededom to Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6:6-19). Others suppose it to have been written by Hezekiah, Josiah, or one of the Maccabees. The writer first utters his resolves as to his personal life and conduct (Psalms 101:1-4), and then announces his purpose of choosing his servants only from among the upright, and of discouraging and exterminating all forms of wickedness (Psalms 101:5-8).

2. When wilt thou come unto me?] This interjected phrase may refer to David’s longing for the presence of God, as symbolised by the ark, in his capital.

4. Not know a wicked person] RV ’know no evil thing.’

7. Tarry in my sight] RV ’be established before mine eyes.’

8. Early] RV ’morning by morning.’

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Dummelow, John. "Commentary on Psalms 101". "Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible". 1909.