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The Jewish Study Bible Contextualizes the Hebrew Bible with accompanying scholarly text on Jewish traditions and history.

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Commentary on Psalms

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Ps. 101 :

While any individual could have recited this psalm, the speaker sounds like a ruler (see esp. v. 8 ) and therefore many scholars consider it a royal psalm, perhaps sung at a coronation. Cf. Pss. 2 and 110. In the first part (vv. 1–4 ), the speaker promises to conduct himself with honesty and uprightness; compare this declaration with the instructions for a king in Deut. 17.18–20 and the farewell speech of Samuel in 1 Sam. 12.2–5 . In the second part (vv. 5–8 ) the speaker might be addressing his courtiers, explaining how he will ensure that his royal court will meet the highest moral standards.

1 :

Faithfulness and justice, a reference to God's loyalty to the Davidic monarchy. Cf. 89.2–5 . This v. is interpreted in Jewish traditional sources (Targum, Rashi) to mean that whether God acts with favor (“ḥesed”) or with justice (“mishpat”), the psalmist will always praise him.

2 :

My house may be “my palace” (also v. 7 ), another hint that this is a royal psalm.

3–5 :

The king's protestation of innocence ( 18.22–24 ); for nonassociation with evildoers, see 1.1; 26.4–5 .

8 :

Each morning: Morning is the time that justice is rendered (Jer. 21.12 ) and the time that deliverance is expected ( 46.6; Isa. 37.36; Lam. 3.23 ). The city of the Lord, Jerusalem (Targum), the capital of the Davidic dynasty.

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