Psalm 5 New International Version

A Prayer for Protection

5 1  [1]Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament. 2  Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. 3  In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. 4  For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome. 5  The arrogant cannot stand in your presence. You hate all who do wrong; 6  you destroy those who tell lies. The bloodthirsty and deceitful you, Lord, detest.

7  But I, by your great love, can come into your house; in reverence I bow down toward your holy temple. 8  Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies- make your way straight before me. 9  Not 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. 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  Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.


[1] 5:1 In Hebrew texts 5:1-12 is numbered 5:2-13.

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