- 1 For the leader; with wind instruments. A psalm of David.
- Hear my words, O LORD; listen to my sighing.
- Hear my cry for help, my king, my God! To you I pray, O LORD;
- at dawn you will hear my cry; at dawn I will plead before you and wait.
- You are not a god who delights in evil; no wicked person finds refuge with you;
- the arrogant cannot stand before you. You hate all who do evil;
- you destroy all who speak falsely. Murderers and deceivers the LORD abhors.
- But I can enter your house because of your great love. I can worship in your holy temple because of my reverence for you, LORD.
- Guide me in your justice because of my foes; make straight your way before me.
- 2 For there is no sincerity in their mouths; their hearts are corrupt. Their throats are open graves; on their tongues are subtle lies.
- Declare them guilty, God; make them fall by their own devices. Drive them out for their many sins; they have rebelled against you.
- Then all who take refuge in you will be glad and forever shout for joy. Protect them that you may be the joy of those who love your name.
- For you, LORD, bless the just; you surround them with favor like a shield.
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Footnotes1 [Psalm 5] A lament contrasting the security of the house of God (Psalm 5:8-9, 12-13) with the danger of the company of evildoers (Psalm 5:5-7,10-11). The psalmist therefore prays that God will hear (Psalm 5:2-4) and grant the protection and joy of the temple.
2 Their throats: their speech brings harm to their hearers (cf Jer 5:16). The verse mentions four parts of the body, each a source of evil to the innocent.
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