For the [music] director; with the flutes. A psalm of David.

A Prayer for Guidance and Protection

1 Hear my words, O Yahweh. Give heed to my sighing.

References for Psalms 5:1

    • a 5:1 - The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
    • b 5:1 - Or "murmuring"
      2 Listen to the sound of my pleading, my king and my God, for to you I pray.

      References for Psalms 5:2

        • c 5:2 - Or "cry for help"
          3 O Yahweh, in [the] morning you will hear my voice. In [the] morning I will set forth [my case] to you and I will watch.

          References for Psalms 5:3

            • d 5:3 - Or "present"
            • e 5:3 - Or "look expectantly"
              4 For you [are] not a God [who] desires wickedness. Evil cannot dwell with you.

              References for Psalms 5:4

                • f 5:4 - Or "takes delight in"
                  5 The boastful do not stand before your eyes. You hate all evildoers.

                  References for Psalms 5:5

                    • g 5:5 - Or "in front of"
                      6 You destroy speakers of lies. {A man of bloodshed} and deceit Yahweh abhors.

                      References for Psalms 5:6

                        • h 5:6 - Hebrew "lie"
                        • i 5:6 - Literally "a man of bloods"
                          7 {But as for me}, through the abundance of your steadfast love I will enter your house. I will bow down toward {your holy temple} in awe [of] you.

                          References for Psalms 5:7

                            • j 5:7 - Literally "And I"
                            • k 5:7 - Or "covenant love"
                            • l 5:7 - Or "temple"
                            • m 5:7 - Or "I will worship"
                            • n 5:7 - Literally "the temple of your holiness"
                              8 O Yahweh, lead me in your righteousness because of my enemies; make straight before me your way.
                              9 For there is not [anything] reliable in his mouth; their inner part [is] destruction. Their throat is an open grave; [with] their tongue they speak deceit.

                              References for Psalms 5:9

                                • o 5:9 - Hebrew "destructions"
                                • p 5:9 - Or "flattery; smooth words"
                                  10 Treat them as guilty, O God; let them fall because of their plans. Because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out, for they have rebelled against you.
                                  11 But let all who take shelter in you rejoice. Let them ever sing for joy, {because} you spread protection over them; And let those [who] love your name exult in you.

                                  References for Psalms 5:11

                                    • q 5:11 - Or "perpetually"
                                    • r 5:11 - Literally "and"
                                    • s 5:11 - Or "So that those"
                                      12 For you bless [the] righteous. O Yahweh, like a shield you surround him [with] good favor.

                                      References for Psalms 5:12

                                        • t 5:12 - Hebrew "the"