Psalm 5

Psalm 5In Hebrew texts 5:1-12 is numbered 5:2-13. 1For the director of music. For pipes. A psalm of David. Listen to my words, LORD, consider my lament.

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

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

4For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome.

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

6you destroy those who tell lies. The bloodthirsty and deceitful you, LORD, detest.

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

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

9Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with malice. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongues they tell lies.

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

11But 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. 12Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.