Psalms 5:4-11

4 For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome.
5 The arrogant cannot stand in your presence. You hate all who do wrong;
6 you destroy those who tell lies. The bloodthirsty and deceitful you, LORD, detest.
7 But I, by your great love, can come into your house; in reverence I bow down toward your holy temple.
8 Lead me, LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies— make your way straight before me.
9 Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with malice. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongues they tell lies.
10 Declare them guilty, O God! Let their intrigues be their downfall. Banish them for their many sins, for they have rebelled against you.
11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

Psalms 5:4 in Other Translations

KJV
4 For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.
ESV
4 For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you.
NLT
4 O God, you take no pleasure in wickedness; you cannot tolerate the sins of the wicked.
MSG
4 You don't socialize with Wicked, or invite Evil over as your houseguest.
CSB
4 For You are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil cannot lodge with You.

Psalms 5:4-11 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 5:4-11 In-Context

2 Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.
3 In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
4 For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome.
5 The arrogant cannot stand in your presence. You hate all who do wrong;
6 you destroy those who tell lies. The bloodthirsty and deceitful you, LORD, detest.
7 But I, by your great love, can come into your house; in reverence I bow down toward your holy temple.
8 Lead me, LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies— make your way straight before me.
9 Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with malice. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongues they tell lies.
10 Declare them guilty, O God! Let their intrigues be their downfall. Banish them for their many sins, for they have rebelled against you.
11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.
12 Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

Cross References 17

  • 1. Psalms 1:5; Psalms 11:5; Psalms 92:15; Psalms 104:35; Proverbs 2:22
  • 2. 2 Kings 19:32; Psalms 73:3; Psalms 75:4; Isaiah 33:19; Isaiah 37:33
  • 3. Psalms 1:5
  • 4. Psalms 45:7; Psalms 101:3; Psalms 119:104; Proverbs 8:13; Psalms 11:5
  • 5. Psalms 55:23; Proverbs 19:22; S John 8:44; Acts 5:3; Revelation 21:8
  • 6. Deuteronomy 13:4; Jeremiah 44:10; Daniel 6:26
  • 7. S 2 Samuel 12:16; Psalms 138:2
  • 8. S 1 Kings 8:48
  • 9. Psalms 23:3; Psalms 31:1; Psalms 71:2; Psalms 85:13; Psalms 89:16; Proverbs 8:20
  • 10. S 1 Kings 8:36; John 1:23; Psalms 27:11
  • 11. Jeremiah 5:16; Luke 11:44
  • 12. Psalms 12:2; Psalms 28:3; Psalms 36:3; Proverbs 15:4; Jeremiah 9:8; Romans 3:13*
  • 13. Lamentations 1:5; Psalms 9:16
  • 14. Psalms 78:40; Psalms 106:7; Psalms 107:11; Lamentations 3:42
  • 15. Psalms 33:1; Psalms 81:1; Psalms 90:14; Psalms 92:4; Psalms 95:1; Psalms 145:7; Psalms 2:12
  • 16. Psalms 69:36; Psalms 119:132
  • 17. S Job 22:19; Isaiah 65:13
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