Psalm 101:3
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New International Version
I will not look with approval on anything that is vile. I hate what faithless people do; I will have no part in it.

New Living Translation
I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar. I hate all who deal crookedly; I will have nothing to do with them.

English Standard Version
I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me.

New American Standard Bible
I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me.

King James Bible
I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I will not set anything worthless before my eyes. I hate the practice of transgression; it will not cling to me.

International Standard Version
I will not even think about doing anything lawless; I hate to do evil deeds; I will have none of it.

NET Bible
I will not even consider doing what is dishonest. I hate doing evil; I will have no part of it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I have set no evil account before my eyes. I have hated him who does evil, neither will he cling to me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I will not put anything wicked in front of my eyes. I hate what unfaithful people do. I want no part of it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I will set nothing of Belial before my eyes: I hate the work of those that betray; it shall not cleave to me.

King James 2000 Bible
I will set no wicked thing before my eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.

American King James Version
I will set no wicked thing before my eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not stick to me.

American Standard Version
I will set no base thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; It shall not cleave unto me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I did not set before my eyes any unjust thing: I hated the workers of iniquities.

Darby Bible Translation
I will set no thing of Belial before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.

English Revised Version
I will set no base thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave unto me.

Webster's Bible Translation
I will set no wicked thing before my eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.

World English Bible
I will set no vile thing before my eyes. I hate the deeds of faithless men. They will not cling to me.

Young's Literal Translation
I set not before mine eyes a worthless thing, The work of those turning aside I have hated, It adhereth not to me.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

101:1-8 David's vow and profession of godliness. - In this psalm we have David declaring how he intended to regulate his household, and to govern his kingdom, that he might stop wickedness, and encourage godliness. It is also applicable to private families, and is the householder's psalm. It teaches all that have any power, whether more or less, to use it so as to be a terror to evil-doers, and a praise to them that do well. The chosen subject of the psalm is God's mercy and judgment. The Lord's providences concerning his people are commonly mixed; mercy and judgment. God has set the one over against the other, both to do good, like showers and sunshine. When, in his providence, he exercises us with the mixture of mercy and judgment, we must make suitable acknowledgments to him for both. Family mercies and family afflictions are both calls to family religion. Those who are in public stations are not thereby excused from care in governing their families; they are the more concerned to set a good example of ruling their own houses well. Whenever a man has a house of his own, let him seek to have God to dwell with him; and those may expect his presence, who walk with a perfect heart, in a perfect way. David resolves to practise no evil himself. He further resolves not to keep bad servants, nor to employ those about him that are wicked. He will not admit them into his family, lest they spread the infection of sin. A froward heart, one that delights to be cross and perverse, is not fit for society, the bond of which is Christian love. Nor will he countenance slanderers, those who take pleasure in wounding their neighbour's reputation. Also, God resists the proud, and false, deceitful people, who scruple not to tell lies, or commit frauds. Let every one be zealous and diligent to reform his own heart and ways, and to do this early; ever mindful of that future, most awful morning, when the King of righteousness shall cut off all wicked doers from the heavenly Jerusalem.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes; or, no base thing (Revised Version); "no villainous thing" (Cheyne, Kay); comp. Deuteronomy 15:9. I will set before me nothing of this kind, "as an object either of imitation or of attainment." I hate the work of them that turn aside; literally, the doing of acts that swerve; i.e. "that depart from the right way." It shall not cleave to me. If such a thing "seized on him unawares, he would shake it off as a thing accursed" (Kay); comp. Deuteronomy 13:17.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes, Either the eyes of the body, which are the inlets of lust and are easily caught with objects that inflame the heart, and should be turned aside from beholding vanity; or the eyes of the mind; so the Targum,

"I will not propose to my heart;''

or, as Kimchi,

"in my thought'',

that is, I will not set up an evil thing in my imagination, to dwell upon in my thoughts, and take delight and pleasure in meditating upon it; or set it before me, to imitate as a pattern, to work by, and copy after: Christ did not so; he set the Lord always before him, Psalm 16:8, not anything of Belial (k) or Satan, as the phrase here may be rendered; no, he always bid Satan, or anything of his, be gone, and get behind him, Matthew 4:10.

I hate the work of them that turn aside; from God, and from his law; from the paths of religion, truth, and virtue; and from the Gospel, and a profession of it; such are not fit for the kingdom of God, and in these God and Christ have no pleasure, Hebrews 10:38,

it shall not cleave to me; neither the wicked thing, or thing of Belial, nor the work of apostasy; that is, he would have no familiarity nor fellowship with it; not come near it, nor connive at it, but hate and abhor it: the Jews said, an evil disease, or a thing of Belial, "cleaveth fast unto him", Psalm 41:8, but they were mistaken.

(k) "verbum Belijahal", Montanus; so Cocceius, Gejerus, Ainsworth.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. set … eyes—as an example to be approved and followed.

no wicked thing—literally, "word," plan or purpose of Belial (Ps 41:8).

work of … aside—apostates.

not cleave to me—I will not be implicated in it (compare Ps 1:1-3).

Psalm 101:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
I will Sing of Loving Kindness and Justice
2I will give heed to the blameless way. When will You come to me? I will walk within my house in the integrity of my heart. 3I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me. 4A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will know no evil.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 15:9
Be careful not to harbor this wicked thought: "The seventh year, the year for canceling debts, is near," so that you do not show ill will toward the needy among your fellow Israelites and give them nothing. They may then appeal to the LORD against you, and you will be found guilty of sin.

Joshua 23:6
"Be very strong; be careful to obey all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, without turning aside to the right or to the left.

Psalm 40:4
Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.

Psalm 125:5
But those who turn to crooked ways the LORD will banish with the evildoers. Peace be on Israel.

Ecclesiastes 3:8
a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
Treasury of Scripture

I will set no wicked thing before my eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not stick to me.

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Job 31:1 I made a covenant with my eyes; why then should I think on a maid?

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Hosea 7:6,7 For they have made ready their heart like an oven, whiles they lie …

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1 Kings 21:13 And there came in two men, children of Belial, and sat before him: …

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Romans 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; hold …

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Psalm 14:3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there …

Psalm 36:3 The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he has left off to …

Psalm 40:4 Blessed is that man that makes the LORD his trust, and respects not …

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Joshua 23:6 Be you therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written …

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1 Samuel 15:11 It repents me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned …

Isaiah 30:11 Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy …

Zephaniah 1:5,6 And them that worship the host of heaven on the housetops; and them …

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Deuteronomy 13:17 And there shall stick nothing of the cursed thing to your hand: that …

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