Psalm 5 – New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 5[a]

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

  1. Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament.
  2. Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.
  3. In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
  4. For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome.
  5. The arrogant cannot stand in your presence. You hate all who do wrong;
  6. you destroy those who tell lies. The bloodthirsty and deceitful you, Lord, detest.
  7. But I, by your great love, can come into your house; in reverence I bow down toward your holy temple.
  8. Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies—make your way straight before me.
  9. 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 favor as with a shield.


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

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Psalm 5 – King James Version (KJV)

To the chief Musician upon Nehiloth, A Psalm of David.

  1. Give ear to my words, O LORD, Consider my meditation.
  2. Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: For unto thee will I pray.
  3. My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; In the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
  4. For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: Neither shall evil dwell with thee.
  5. The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: Thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
  6. Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: The LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.
  7. 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.
  8. Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; Make thy way straight before my face.
  9. 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.