King James Version

Psalm 5

1Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation.

Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.

My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.

The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.

Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the Lord will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.

But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.

Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.

For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.

10 Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee.

11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.

12 For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 5

Psalm 5

For the director of music. A psalm of David to be played on flutes.

Lord, listen to my words.
    Pay attention when I mourn.
My King and my God,
    hear me when I cry for help.
    I pray to you.
Lord, in the morning you hear my voice.
    In the morning I pray to you.
    I wait for you in hope.

For you, God, aren’t happy with anything that is evil.
    Those who do what is wrong can’t live where you are.
Those who are proud can’t stand in front of you.
    You hate everyone who does what is evil.
You destroy those who tell lies.
    Lord, you hate murderers and those who cheat others.

Because of your great love
    I can come into your house.
With deep respect I bow down
    toward your holy temple.
Lord, I have many enemies.
    Lead me in your right path.
    Make your way smooth and straight for me.

Not a word from their mouths can be trusted.
    Their hearts are filled with a desire to hurt others.
Their throats are like open graves.
    With their tongues they tell lies.
10 God, show that they are guilty.
    Let their evil plans bring them down.
Send them away because of their many sins.
    They have refused to obey you.

11 But let all those who go to you for safety be glad.
    Let them always sing for joy.
Spread your cover over them and keep them safe.
    Then those who love you will be glad because of you.
12 Surely, Lord, you bless those who do what is right.
    Like a shield, your loving care keeps them safe.