Psalm 5

Lead Me in Your Righteousness

To the choirmaster: for the flutes. A Psalm of David.

1 Give ear to my words, O LORD; consider my 1groaning.
2 Give attention to the sound of my cry, my 2King and my God, for 3to you do I pray.
3 O LORD, in 4the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for youa and 5watch.
4 For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you.
5 The 6boastful shall not 7stand before your eyes; you 8hate all evildoers.
6 You destroy those who speak 9lies; the LORD abhors 10the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
7 But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house. I will 11bow down 12toward your 13holy temple in the fear of you.
8 14Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies; 15make your way straight before me.
9 For there is no truth in their mouth; their inmost self is 16destruction; 17their throat is 18an open grave; they 19flatter with their tongue.
10 20Make them bear their guilt, O God; let them 21fall by their own counsels; because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out, for they have rebelled against you.
11 But let all who 22take refuge in you 23rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may 24exult in you.
12 For you 25bless the righteous, O LORD; you 26cover him with favor as with 27a shield.