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Psalms 5

For the director of music. For flutes. A psalm of David.

1 Give ear to my words, O Lord,
     consider my sighing.
2 Listen to my cry for help,
     my King and my God,
     for to you I pray.

3 In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice;
     in the morning I lay my requests before you
     and wait in expectation.
4 You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil;
     with you the wicked cannot dwell.
5 The arrogant cannot stand in your presence;
     you hate all who do wrong.
6 You destroy those who tell lies;
     bloodthirsty and deceitful men
     the Lord abhors.
7 But I, by your great mercy,
     will come into your house;
in reverence will I 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 Not a word from their mouth can be trusted;
     their heart is filled with destruction.
Their throat is an open grave;
     with their tongue they speak deceit.
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 For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous;
     you surround them with your favor as with a shield.