Psalm 5

Psalm 5a

For the director of music. For pipes. A psalm of David.

Listeni to my words, Lord,

consider my lament.j

Hear my cry for help,k

my King and my God,l

for to you I pray.

In the morning,m Lord, you hear my voice;

in the morning I lay my requests before you

and wait expectantly.n

For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness;

with you, evil peopleo are not welcome.

The arrogantp cannot standq

in your presence.

You hater all who do wrong;

6 you destroy those who tell lies.s

The bloodthirsty and deceitful

you, Lord, detest.

But I, by your great love,

can come into your house;

in reverencet I bow downu

toward your holy temple.v

Lead me, Lord, in your righteousnessw

because of my enemies—

make your way straightx before me.

Not a word from their mouth can be trusted;

their heart is filled with malice.

Their throat is an open grave;y

with their tongues they tell lies.z

10 Declare them guilty, O God!

Let their intrigues be their downfall.

Banish them for their many sins,a

for they have rebelledb against you.

11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad;

let them ever sing for joy.c

Spread your protection over them,

that those who love your named may rejoice in you.e

12 Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous;f

you surround themg with your favor as with a shield.h

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