101:1 «A Psalm of David.» I will a sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing.
(a) David 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.
101:2 I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way.
b O when wilt thou come unto me? I will
walk within my house with a perfect heart.
(b) Though as yet you deferred to place me in the
kingly dignity, yet I will give myself to wisdom and uprightness being a
101:3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes:
I hate c the work of them that turn
aside; [it] shall not cleave to me.
(c) He shows that magistrates do not do their
duties, unless they are enemies to all vice.
101:5 Whoso privily d
slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a
proud heart will not I suffer.
(d) In promising to punish these vices, which are
most pernicious in them that are about Kings, he declares that he will punish
101:6 Mine eyes [shall be] upon the e
faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect
way, he shall serve me.
(e) He shows what the true use of the sword is,
to punish the wicked and to maintain the good.
I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked
doers from the city of the LORD.
(f) 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?