For the director of music. For flutes. A psalm of David.
5 Lord, ·listen [L give ear] to my words. Understand my ·sadness [L moans; sighs]. 2 ·Listen [Pay attention] to my cry for help, my King and my God, because I pray to you. 3 Lord, every morning you hear my voice. Every morning, I ·tell you what I need [or prepare a sacrifice for you; L stretch out/arrange before you], and I ·wait for your answer [L watch].
4 You are not a God who ·is pleased with the wicked [takes delight in evil]; ·you do not live with those who do evil [L evil does not sojourn with you]. 5 Those people who ·make fun of you [or boast] cannot stand before ·you [L your eyes]. You hate all those who do evil. 6 You destroy ·liars [L those who speak lies]; the Lord ·hates [despises] those ·who kill and trick others [L with bloodguilt and deceit].
7 Because of your great ·love [loyalty; covenant love], I ·can [or will] come into your ·Temple [L house]. Because I ·fear you [hold you in awe], I can ·worship [bow down] ·in [or toward] your holy Temple. 8 Lord, since I have many enemies, ·show me the right thing to do [L lead/guide me in your righteousness]. ·Show me clearly how you want me to live [L Make your way straight before me].
9 My enemies’ mouths do not tell the truth; ·in their hearts they want to destroy others [L their innards are destruction]. Their throats are like open graves [Rom. 3:13]; they use their tongues for ·telling lies [flattery]. 10 God, ·declare them guilty [L make them bear their iniquity]! Let them fall ·into their own traps [or by their own advice]. ·Send [Cast] them away because their ·sins [transgressions] are many; they have ·turned [rebelled] against you.
11 But let everyone who ·trusts [finds refuge in] you ·be happy [rejoice]; let them sing glad songs forever. ·Protect [L Spread your protection on] those who love you and ·who are happy because of you [L let those who love your name rejoice in you]. 12 Lord, you bless those who ·do what is right [are righteous]; you ·protect them [L surround them with favor] like a shield.
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