Psalm 5 Revised Standard Version

A Prayer for Protection

5 1  To the choirmaster: for the flutes. A Psalm of David. Give ear to my words, O Lord; give heed to my groaning. 2  Hearken to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to thee do I pray. 3  O Lord, in the morning thou dost hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for thee, and watch. 4  For thou art not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not sojourn with thee. 5  The boastful may not stand before thy eyes; thou hatest all evildoers. 6  Thou destroyest those who speak lies; the Lord abhors bloodthirsty and deceitful men.

7  But I through the abundance of thy steadfast love will enter thy house, I will worship toward thy holy temple in the fear of thee. 8  Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of my enemies; make thy way straight before me. 9  For there is no truth in their mouth; their heart is destruction, their throat is an open sepulchre, they flatter with their tongue. 10  Make them bear their guilt, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; because of their many transgressions cast them out, for they have rebelled against thee. 11  But let all who take refuge in thee rejoice, let them ever sing for joy; and do thou defend them, that those who love thy name may exult in thee. 12  For thou dost bless the righteous, O Lord; thou dost cover him with favor as with a shield.

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