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)

Psalm 6[b]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. According to sheminith.[c] A psalm of David.

Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger(AA)
    or discipline me in your wrath.
Have mercy on me,(AB) Lord, for I am faint;(AC)
    heal me,(AD) Lord, for my bones are in agony.(AE)
My soul is in deep anguish.(AF)
    How long,(AG) Lord, how long?

Turn,(AH) Lord, and deliver me;
    save me because of your unfailing love.(AI)
Among the dead no one proclaims your name.
    Who praises you from the grave?(AJ)

I am worn out(AK) from my groaning.(AL)

All night long I flood my bed with weeping(AM)
    and drench my couch with tears.(AN)
My eyes grow weak(AO) with sorrow;
    they fail because of all my foes.

Away from me,(AP) all you who do evil,(AQ)
    for the Lord has heard my weeping.
The Lord has heard my cry for mercy;(AR)
    the Lord accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish;(AS)
    they will turn back and suddenly be put to shame.(AT)

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 5:1 In Hebrew texts 5:1-12 is numbered 5:2-13.
  2. Psalm 6:1 In Hebrew texts 6:1-10 is numbered 6:2-11.
  3. Psalm 6:1 Title: Probably a musical term