King David

If We Do These Things We Will Stand Firm

Psalm 15 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

15 O Jehovah, who may be a guest[1] in your tent?
Who shall dwell on your holy mountain?

He who walks blamelessly and does what is right
and speaks truth in his heart;
who does not slander with[2] his tongue
and does no evil to his neighbor,
nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
in whose eyes a vile person is despised,
but who[3] honors those who fear Jehovah;
who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
who does not put out his money at interest,[4]
and does not take a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things shall never be shaken.

King David closes this list of standards or criterion that we are to live by, with “he who does these things shall never be moved.” The New Living Translation reads, “Such people will stand firm forever.” This is not an absolute; it is relative to the imperfect condition we are in and the imperfect world we live in. All of these kind of statements in the Bible, if you do “A” you will get “B” are best understood if you these phrases before the statement: generally speaking, “on the whole,” “by and large,” or “as a rule” in the front of the verse. “Generally speaking, such people will stand firm forever.” Unlike those in the world, who have their flesh as their god, we will fare far better if we do these things to the best of our Christian ability.

Of course, there is far more to being God’s friend than what we have covered here in Psalm 15. Jesus brought the servant of God new spiritual light, such as what he said at John 4:23-24 “But the hour is coming, and is now here when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” By following the Bible study program that we have outlined here in this publication, you will discover the deeper things of God, which will enable to draw closer, and become God’s friend.

[1] Lit sojourn

[2] Lit according to

[3] Lit he

[4] I.e. not to the destitute