1 «A Psalm of David.» I willDavid considers what manner of King he would be, when God would place him in the throne, promising openly, that he would be merciful and just.sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing.
2 I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way.Though as yet you deferred to place me in the kingly dignity, yet I will give myself to wisdom and uprightness being a private man.O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.
3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hateHe shows that magistrates do not do their duties, unless they are enemies to all vice.the work of them that turn aside; [it] shall not cleave to me.
4 A froward heart shall depart from me: I will knowe none euill.
5 Whoso privilyIn promising to punish these vices, which are most pernicious in them that are about Kings, he declares that he will punish all.slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.
6 Mine eyes [shall be] upon theHe shows what the true use of the sword is, to punish the wicked and to maintain the good.faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.
7 There shal no deceitful person dwell within mine house: he that telleth lyes, shall not remaine in my sight.
8 Magistrates must immediately punish vice, lest it grow to further inconvenience; and if heathen magistrates are bound to do this, how much more they who have the charge of the Church of God?I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the LORD.