Psalm 5 (Holman Christian Standard)

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The Refuge of the Righteous

For the choir director: with the flutes. A Davidic psalm.

1 Listen to my words, Lord; consider my sighing. 2 Pay attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for I pray to You. 3 At daybreak, Lord, You hear my voice; at daybreak I plead my case to You and watch expectantly. 4 For You are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil cannot lodge with You. 5 The boastful cannot stand in Your presence; You hate all evildoers. 6 You destroy those who tell lies; the Lord abhors a man of bloodshed and treachery.a 7 But I enter Your house by the abundance of Your faithful love; I bow down toward Your holy temple in reverential awe of You. 8 Lord, lead me in Your righteousness, because of my adversaries;b make Your way straight before me. 9 For there is nothing reliable in what they say;c destruction is within them; their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongues.d 10 Punish them, God; let them fall by their own schemes. Drive them out because of their many crimes, for they rebel against You. 11 But let all who take refuge in You rejoice; let them shout for joy forever. May You shelter them, and may those who love Your name boast about You. 12 For You, Lord, bless the righteous one; You surround him with favor like a shield.e
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