19 October 2015

The Fifth Psalm Seventh Verse



Listen to my words, Lord,
    consider my lament.

Hear my cry for help,
    my King and my God,
    for to you I pray.

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
    in the morning I lay my requests before you
    and wait expectantly.

For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness;
    with you, evil people are not welcome.

The arrogant cannot stand
    in your presence.

You hate all who do wrong;
     you destroy those who tell lies.

The bloodthirsty and deceitful
    you, Lord, detest.

But I, by your great love,
    can come into your house;
 in reverence I bow down
    toward your holy temple.

Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness
    because of my enemies—
    make your way straight before me.

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.

Declare them guilty, O God!
    Let their intrigues be their downfall.

Banish them for their many sins,
    for they have rebelled against you.

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.

Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous;
    you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

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