New International Reader's Version

Psalm 15

Psalm 15

A psalm of David.

Lord, who can live in your sacred tent?
    Who can stay on your holy mountain?

Anyone who lives without blame
    and does what is right.
They speak the truth from their heart.
    They don’t tell lies about other people.
They don’t do wrong to their neighbors.
    They don’t say anything bad about them.
They hate evil people.
    But they honor those who have respect for the Lord.
They keep their promises even when it hurts.
    They do not change their mind.
They lend their money to poor people without charging interest.
    They don’t accept money to harm those who aren’t guilty.

Anyone who lives like that
    will always be secure.

The Message

Psalm 15

A David Psalm

1God, who gets invited
    to dinner at your place?
How do we get on your guest list?

“Walk straight,
    act right,
        tell the truth.

3-4 “Don’t hurt your friend,
    don’t blame your neighbor;
        despise the despicable.

“Keep your word even when it costs you,
    make an honest living,
        never take a bribe.

“You’ll never get
blacklisted
if you live like this.”