Psalm 5 New American Standard Bible

A Prayer for Protection

5 1  Give ear to my words , O Lord , Consider my groaning . 2  Heed the sound of my cry for help , my King and my God , For to You I pray . 3  In the morning , O Lord , You will hear my voice ; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch . 4  For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness ; No evil dwells with You. 5  The boastful shall not stand before Your eyes ; You hate all who do iniquity . 6  You destroy those who speak falsehood ; The Lord abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit .

7  But as for me, by Your abundant lovingkindness I will enter Your house , At Your holy temple I will bow in reverence for You. 8  O Lord , lead me in Your righteousness because of my foes ; Make Your way straight before me. 9  There is nothing reliable in what they say ; Their inward part is destruction itself. Their throat is an open grave ; They flatter with their tongue . 10  Hold them guilty , O God ; By their own devices let them fall ! In the multitude of their transgressions thrust them out, For they are rebellious against You. 11  But let all who take refuge in You be glad , Let them ever sing for joy ; And may You shelter them, That those who love Your name may exult in You. 12  For it is You who blesses the righteous man , O Lord , You surround him with favor as with a shield .

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