Psalm 5

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.


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