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THIS IS AN ELEVEN PART SERIES

We Do No Evil to Our Neighbor

Psalm 15 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

A Psalm of David.

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

who does not slander with[2] his tongue
and does no evil to his neighbor,
nor takes up a reproach against his friend;

We will fare far better in life if we apply the words of Jesus, which are in harmony with Psalm 15:3: “In all things, whatever you want that people should do to you, thus also you do to them.” (Matt 7:12, LEB) It is simple, we must avoid doing anything bad to other people, but it must also be a heart condition of how we feel. The Psalmist said, “O you who love Jehovah, hate evil: He preserves the souls of his saints; He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.”(Ps 97:10, ASV) Therefore, if we are to be a friend of God like Abraham and many other holy ones of the past, we must live by the moral standards that he created within us.

This removing of bad from our lives would fall into not doing anyone wrong when we have dealings with them. This would include what we say, as well as what we do, in our dealings with others, doing nothing to bring them any kind of harm. That is avoiding the bad, but we also need to embrace doing the good for the people that enter our lives as well. This can be as small as driving in a courteous way when we are on the road. Are we in such a hurry that we do not pause to let another driver in our lane, or out of a parking lot into traffic. We can also do good by helping the elderly, help raise the spirits of the downhearted, comfort the grieving. What does the Psalmist address next?

[1] Lit sojourn

[2] Lit according to

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