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Psalm 5

Give Ear to My Words

For the choirmaster, to be accompanied by flutes. A Psalm of David.

1Give ear to my words, O LORD;

consider my groaning.

2 Attend to the sound of my cry,

my King and my God,

for to You I pray.

3 In the morning, O LORD, You hear my voice;

at daybreak I lay my plea before You

and wait in expectation.

4 For You are not a God who delights in wickedness;

no evil can dwell with You.

5 The boastful cannot stand in Your presence;

You hate all workers of iniquity.

6 You destroy those who tell lies;

the LORD abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit.

7 But I will enter Your house

by the abundance of Your loving devotion; a 

in reverence I will 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 For not a word they speak can be trusted;

destruction lies within them.

Their throats are open graves;

their tongues practice deceit. b 

10 Declare them guilty, O God;

let them fall by their own devices.

Drive them out for their many transgressions,

for they have rebelled against You.

11 But let all who take refuge in You rejoice;

let them ever shout for joy.

May You shelter them,

that those who love Your name may rejoice in You.

12 For surely You, O LORD, bless the righteous;

You surround them with the shield of Your favor.



7 a Forms of the Hebrew chesed are translated here and in most cases throughout the Scriptures as loving devotion ; the range of meaning includes love , goodness , kindness , faithfulness , and mercy , as well as loyalty to a covenant .
9 b Or flattery ; cited in Romans 3:13

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