Psalms - Chapter 5


For the director of music. For flutes. A psalm of David. Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my sighing.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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