Separate, Yet Near
Psalm 26:4-5
I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers.…

The eyes which have God's loving kindness ever before them are endowed with penetrative clearness of vision into the true hollowness of most of the objects pursued by men, and with a terrible sagacity which detects hypocrisy and shame. Association with such men is necessary, and leaven must be in contact with dough in order to do its transforming work; but it is impossible for a man whose heart is truly in touch with God not to feel ill at ease when brought into contact with those who have no share in his deepest convictions and emotions No doubt separateness from evil-doers is but part of a godly man's duty, and has often been exaggerated into selfish withdrawal front a world which needs good men's presence all the more the worse it is; but it is a part of his duty: "Come out from among them and be separate" is not yet an abrogated command No man will ever mingle with "men of vanity" so as to draw them from the shadows of earth to the substance in God, unless his loving association with them rests on profound revulsion from their principles of action. None comes so near to sinful men as the sinless Christ; and if He had not been ever "separate from sinners" He would never have been near enough to redeem them. We may safely imitate His free companionship, which earned Hint the glorious name of their Friend, if we imitate His remoteness from their evil.

(A. Maclaren, D. D.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers.

WEB: I have not sat with deceitful men, neither will I go in with hypocrites.

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