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Psalm 101

A song of David.

I will sing of God’s unsparing love and justice;
    to You, O Eternal One, I will sing praises.
I will seek to live a life of integrity;
    when will You come to me?

I will walk in my house
    with an honest and true heart.
I will refuse to look
    on any sordid thing;

I detest the worthless deeds of those who stray;
    evil will not get a hold on me.
I will rid my heart of all perversion;
    I will not flirt with any evil.

Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor,
    I will silence;
I will not tolerate
    a condescending smirk, an arrogant heart.
I will look for those who are loyal in the land
    so that they may live with me and know my pleasure.
Whoever walks with integrity
    will enter my service.

The one who makes a habit of deceit
    will not be welcome in my house;
The one who lies
    will not remain in my presence for long.

Every morning I will purge
    all the wicked from the land
So as to rid the city of the Eternal
    of those who practice evil.

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