New International Version - UK

Psalm 5

Psalm 5[a]

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

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

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 5:1 In Hebrew texts 5:1-12 is numbered 5:2-13.

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.