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Psalm 5


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



1                    Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my sighing.


2                    Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.


3                    In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.


4                    You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil; with you the wicked cannot dwell.


5                    The arrogant cannot stand in your presence; you hate all who do wrong.


6                    You destroy those who tell lies; bloodthirsty and deceitful men the LORD abhors.


7                    But I, by your great mercy, will come into your house; in reverence will I bow down toward your holy temple.


8                    Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies make straight your way before me.


9                    Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with destruction.  Their throat is an open grave; with their tongue they speak deceit.


10               Declare them guilty, O God!  Let their intrigues be their downfall.  Banish them for their many sins, for they have rebelled against you.


11               But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy.  Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.


12               For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.