The Calming Presence of God


1Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation. 2Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray. 3My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. 4For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee. 5The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.in…: Heb. before thine eyes 6Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the Lord will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.bloody…: Heb. man of bloods and deceit

7But 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.thy holy…: Heb. the temple of thy holiness 8Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.mine…: Heb. those which observe me 9For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.faithfulness: or, stedfastnesstheir mouth: Heb. his mouth, that is, the mouth of any of themvery…: Heb. wickednesses 10Destroy 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.Destroy…: or, Make them guiltyby…: or, from their counsels 11But 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.defendest…: Heb. coverest over, or, protectest them

12For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.

Psalm 5:1-12

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