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1 (To the chief Musician upon Nehiloth, A Psalm of David.) Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.

2 Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.

3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

4 For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.

5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.

6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.

7 But 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.

8 Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.

9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.

10 Destroy 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.

11 But 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.

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

Commentary for Psalms 5

God will certainly hear prayer: David gives to God the glory, and takes to himself the comfort. (1-6) He prayed for himself, that God would guide him, and for all the Lord's people, that God would give them joy, and keep them safe. (7-12)

1-6 God is a prayer-hearing God. Such he has always been, and he is still as ready to hear prayer as ever. The most encouraging principle of prayer, and the most powerful plea in prayer, is, to look upon him as our King and our God. David also prays to a sin-hating God. sin is folly, and sinners are the greatest of all fools; fools of their own making. Wicked people hate God; justly are they hated of him, and this will be their endless misery and ruin. Let us learn the importance of truth and sincerity, in all the affairs of life. Liars and murderers resemble the devil, and are his children, therefore it may well be expected that God should abhor them. These were the characters of David's enemies; and such as these are still the enemies of Christ and his people.

7-12 David prayed often alone, yet was very constant in attendance on public worship. The mercy of God should ever be the foundation both of our hope and of our joy, in every thing wherein we have to do with him. Let us learn to pray, not for ourselves only, but for others; grace be with all that love Christ in sincerity. The Divine blessing comes down upon us through Jesus Christ, the righteous or just One, as of old it did upon Israel through David, whom God protected, and placed upon the throne. Thou, O Christ, art the righteous Saviour, thou art the King of Israel, thou art the Fountain of blessing to all believers; thy favour is the defence and protection of thy church.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 5

  • Bunmi
    For God. So love the world that he gave is only son
  • Lu2677
    I.123,Love your question.Equate=To make allowance or correction in as will reduce to a common standard or obtain a correct result.To make equal, reqard as equal.I cannot make an allowance or correct God's word, one verse against another,to obtain a correct result.I cannot reduce His Word to a common standard;man's.He tells us to love our enemy, He says he hates sinners;I believe both;He said it
  • Bruce
    And The Word was made Flesh:John 1:14 / The Word can down,put on Flesh,Who was Named Jesus. The Word is One of The Three in Heaven. 1John 5:7
  • Irene123
    LU2677 - I'm just curious, absolutely not judging; I'm just very simply and openly - asking a question: how do you equate God hating sinners, actually hating people, to Matt. 5:43-44 ..... ?
  • Irene123
    J. T. Forbes - Could you explain what you mean by - That His name Jesus is Jehovah God in us eternal .....?
  • Lu2677
    Randy,You can add what you want to this; but truth is in His Word."The foolish shall not stand in thy sight; thou hatest all workers of iniquity."Psalm 5:5. God says he hates, you say he doesn't. If you have free will, why is it, that you reject what He says? Luke "For with God nothing shall be impossible" When God saves a person, He gives them the LOVE of the Truth.
  • Randy
    no you are not wrong Jesus came down as a man walked the earth to fulfill a plan, God's perfect plan that involved everyone being saved by the Blood of Jesus Christ but God gave us a thing called "free will" that is a freedom to make our own choices so if a person is lost it is their own choice not to accept Jesus it's not because Jesus hates them and won't give them the gift of salvation.
  • Lu2677
    Dilu, God hates the workers of iniquity; plain English, is it not? Psalm 5:5. Yet, God so loved the world; John 3:16. Some people cannot grasp the truth that God hates people. This "hate" should cause you to Fear him. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

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According to Psalm 5, God takes no pleasure in what?
  • Laziness
  • Wickedness
  • Inconsistency
  • Fear