Psalm 5

Lead Me in Your Righteousness

1 Give a ear to my words, O LORD,
Consider my 1 meditation.
2 Give heed to the voice of my cry,
My King and my God,
For to You I will pray.
3 My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD;
b In the morning I will direct it to You,
And I will look up.

4 For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness,
Nor shall evil 2 dwell with You.
5 The c boastful shall not d stand in Your sight;
You hate all workers of iniquity.
6 You shall destroy those who speak falsehood;
The LORD abhors the e bloodthirsty and deceitful man.

7 But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy;
In fear of You I will worship toward 3 Your holy temple.
8 f Lead me, O LORD, in Your righteousness because of my enemies;
Make Your way straight before my face.

9 For there is no 4 faithfulness in their mouth;
Their inward part is destruction;
g Their throat is an open tomb;
They flatter with their tongue.
10 Pronounce them guilty, O God!
Let them fall by their own counsels;
Cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions,
For they have rebelled against You.

11 But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;
Let them ever shout for joy, because You 5 defend them;
Let those also who love Your name
Be joyful in You.
12 For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous;
With favor You will surround him as with a shield.

  1. Cross References
    Psalms 4:1
    Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 55:17
    Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, And He shall hear my voice.
    Psalms 88:13
    But to You I have cried out, O LORD, And in the morning my prayer comes before You.
  3. Cross References
    Habakkuk 1:13
    You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, And cannot look on wickedness. Why do You look on those who deal treacherously, And hold Your tongue when the wicked devours A person more righteous than he?
  4. Cross References
    Psalms 1:5
    Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
  5. Cross References
    Psalms 55:23
    But You, O God, shall bring them down to the pit of destruction; Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; But I will trust in You.
  6. Cross References
    Psalms 25:4
    Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths.
    Psalms 25:5
    Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.
    Psalms 27:11
    Teach me Your way, O LORD, And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.
    Psalms 31:3
    For You are my rock and my fortress; Therefore, for Your name's sake, Lead me and guide me.
  7. Cross References
    Romans 3:13
    Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit"; "The poison of asps is under their lips".
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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