Psalms 5

The Refuge of the Righteous

1For the choir director: with the flutes. A Davidic psalm.

Listen to my words, Lord;
consider my sighing. a
2 Pay attention to the sound of my cry, b
my King and my God, c
for I pray to You.

3 At daybreak, d Lord, You hear my voice;
at daybreak I plead my case to You e and watch expectantly.

4 For You are not a God who delights in wickedness;
evil cannot dwell with You. f
5 The boastful cannot stand in Your presence; g
You hate all evildoers. h
6 You destroy those who tell lies; i
the Lord abhors a man of bloodshed and treachery. j

7 But I enter Your house
by the abundance of Your faithful love; k
I bow down toward Your holy temple
in reverential awe of You. l
8 Lord, lead me in Your righteousness m
because of my adversaries;
Or of those who lie in wait for me

make Your way straight before me. o

9 For there is nothing reliable in what they say;
Lit in his mouth
destruction is within them;
their throat is an open grave;
they flatter with their tongues. r
10 Punish them, God;
let them fall by their own schemes. s
Drive them out t because of their many crimes,
for they rebel against You. u

11 But let all who take refuge in You rejoice; v
let them shout for joy forever.
May You shelter them, w
and may those who love Your name boast about You. x
12 For You, Lord, bless the righteous one;
You surround him with favor like a shield. y
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