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Morning Prayer for Justice

Psalm 5

For the music director, on the wind instruments, a psalm of David.
Hear my words, Adonai,
consider my groaning.
Listen to the sound of my cry for help,
my King and my God, for I pray to you.
Adonai, in the morning You hear my voice.
In the morning I order my prayer before You and watch expectantly.
For You are not a God who rejoices in evil.
No wickedness dwells with you.
Braggarts will not stand before your eyes.
You hate all wrongdoers.
You destroy those who speak falsehood.
A person of bloodshed and deceit Adonai detests.

But because of your great lovingkindness, I will enter Your House.
I will bow toward Your holy Temple, in awe of You.
Lead me, Adonai, in Your righteousness, because of my enemies.
Make Your path straight before me.
10 For nothing upright is in their mouth.
Inside them is a ruin—their throat an open grave.
They flatter with their tongue.[a]
11 Declare them guilty, O God!
Let them fall by their own schemes.
Banish them because of their many transgressions—
for they have rebelled against You.
12 But let all who take refuge in You rejoice!
Let them always shout for joy!
You will shelter them and they exult—those who love Your Name.
13 For You bless the righteous, Adonai.
You surround him with favor as a shield.


  1. Psalm 5:10 cf. Rom. 3:13.