Psalm 5[a]

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

Listen(A) to my words, Lord,
    consider my lament.(B)
Hear my cry for help,(C)
    my King and my God,(D)
    for to you I pray.

In the morning,(E) Lord, you hear my voice;
    in the morning I lay my requests before you
    and wait expectantly.(F)
For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness;
    with you, evil people(G) are not welcome.
The arrogant(H) cannot stand(I)
    in your presence.
You hate(J) all who do wrong;
    you destroy those who tell lies.(K)
The bloodthirsty and deceitful
    you, Lord, detest.
But I, by your great love,
    can come into your house;
in reverence(L) I bow down(M)
    toward your holy temple.(N)

Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness(O)
    because of my enemies—
    make your way straight(P) before me.
Not a word from their mouth can be trusted;
    their heart is filled with malice.
Their throat is an open grave;(Q)
    with their tongues they tell lies.(R)
10 Declare them guilty, O God!
    Let their intrigues be their downfall.
Banish them for their many sins,(S)
    for they have rebelled(T) against you.
11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
    let them ever sing for joy.(U)
Spread your protection over them,
    that those who love your name(V) may rejoice in you.(W)

12 Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous;(X)
    you surround them(Y) with your favor as with a shield.(Z)


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

18 “Yet even in those days,” declares the Lord, “I will not destroy(A) you completely. 19 And when the people ask,(B) ‘Why has the Lord our God done all this to us?’ you will tell them, ‘As you have forsaken me and served foreign gods(C) in your own land, so now you will serve foreigners(D) in a land not your own.’

20 “Announce this to the descendants of Jacob
    and proclaim(E) it in Judah:
21 Hear this, you foolish and senseless people,(F)
    who have eyes(G) but do not see,
    who have ears but do not hear:(H)
22 Should you not fear(I) me?” declares the Lord.
    “Should you not tremble(J) in my presence?
I made the sand a boundary for the sea,(K)
    an everlasting barrier it cannot cross.
The waves may roll, but they cannot prevail;
    they may roar,(L) but they cannot cross it.
23 But these people have stubborn and rebellious(M) hearts;
    they have turned aside(N) and gone away.
24 They do not say to themselves,
    ‘Let us fear(O) the Lord our God,
who gives autumn and spring rains(P) in season,
    who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.’(Q)
25 Your wrongdoings have kept these away;
    your sins have deprived you of good.(R)

26 “Among my people are the wicked(S)
    who lie in wait(T) like men who snare birds
    and like those who set traps(U) to catch people.
27 Like cages full of birds,
    their houses are full of deceit;(V)
they have become rich(W) and powerful
28     and have grown fat(X) and sleek.
Their evil deeds have no limit;
    they do not seek justice.
They do not promote the case of the fatherless;(Y)
    they do not defend the just cause of the poor.(Z)
29 Should I not punish them for this?”
    declares the Lord.
“Should I not avenge(AA) myself
    on such a nation as this?

30 “A horrible(AB) and shocking thing
    has happened in the land:
31 The prophets prophesy lies,(AC)
    the priests(AD) rule by their own authority,
and my people love it this way.
    But what will you do in the end?(AE)

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13 And we also thank God continually(A) because, when you received the word of God,(B) which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe. 14 For you, brothers and sisters, became imitators(C) of God’s churches in Judea,(D) which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own people(E) the same things those churches suffered from the Jews 15 who killed the Lord Jesus(F) and the prophets(G) and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to everyone 16 in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles(H) so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit.(I) The wrath of God has come upon them at last.[a]

Paul’s Longing to See the Thessalonians

17 But, brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being separated from you for a short time (in person, not in thought),(J) out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you.(K) 18 For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, did, again and again—but Satan(L) blocked our way.(M) 19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown(N) in which we will glory(O) in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes?(P) Is it not you? 20 Indeed, you are our glory(Q) and joy.

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  1. 1 Thessalonians 2:16 Or them fully

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