Psalm 5

Refrain:    You, O Lord, will bless the righteous.

1    Give ear to my words, O Lord;  

consider my lamentation.

2    Hearken to the voice of my crying, my King and my God,  

for to you I make my prayer.

3    In the morning, Lord, you will hear my voice;  

early in the morning I make my appeal to you, and look up.

4    For you are the God who takes no pleasure in wickedness;  

no evil can dwell with you. [R]

5    The boastful cannot stand in your sight;  

you hate all those that work wickedness.

6    You destroy those who speak lies;  

the bloodthirsty and deceitful the Lord will abhor.

7    But as for me, through the greatness of your mercy,

I will come into your house;  

I will bow down towards your holy temple in awe of you. [R]

8    Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness,

because of my enemies;  

make your way straight before my face.

9    For there is no truth in their mouth,

in their heart is destruction,  

their throat is an open sepulchre,

and they flatter with their tongue.

10  Punish them, O God;  

let them fall through their own devices.

11  Because of their many transgressions cast them out,  

for they have rebelled against you. [R]

12  But let all who take refuge in you be glad;  

let them sing out their joy for ever.

13  You will shelter them,  

so that those who love your name may exult in you.

14  For you, O Lord, will bless the righteous;  

and with your favour you will defend them as with a shield.

Refrain:    You, O Lord, will bless the righteous.

Lord, protect us from the deceit

of flattering tongues and lying lips;

give us words of life which speak your truth

and bless your name;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


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