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Psalms 5

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Song of the Clouded Dawn
For the Pure and Shining One
For her who receives the inheritance, # 5 The Hebrew word used here is neliloth or “flutes.” It can also be translated “inheritances.” The early church father Augustine translated this as “For her who receives the inheritance,” meaning the church of Jesus Christ. The Father told the Son in Ps. 2 to ask for his inheritance; here we see it is the church that receives what Jesus asks for. We receive our inheritance of eternal life through the death and resurrection of the Son of God. The Septuagint reads “For the end,” also found in numerous inscriptions of the Psalms. by King David
Morning Watch
1Listen, Yahweh, to my passionate prayer! # 5:1 Or “My words—give them a hearing, Lord!”
Can’t you hear my groaning?
2Don’t you hear how I’m crying out to you?
My King and my God, consider my every word,
for I am calling out to you.
3At each and every sunrise you will hear my voice
as I prepare # 5:3 The Hebrew word for “prepare” is ‘arak, a priestly term for lighting the altar fire, preparing a sacrifice, and laying it out in order upon the altar to be consumed. my sacrifice of prayer to you.
Every morning I lay out the pieces of my life on the altar
and wait for your fire to fall upon my heart. # 5:3 Implied in the concept of preparing the morning sacrifice. The Aramaic text states, “At dawn I shall be ready and shall appear before you.” The Hebrew can also be translated “I’ll be on the watchtower [for the answer to come].” See Pss. 59:16; 88:13; Hab. 2:1.
Making It Right
4I know that you, God, are never pleased with lawlessness,
and evil ones will never be invited into your house.
5Boasters collapse, unable to survive your scrutiny,
for your hatred of evildoers is clear.
6You will make an end of all those who lie.
How you hate their hypocrisy and despise all who love violence!
Multitude of Mercy
7But I know that you will welcome me into your house,
for I am covered by your covenant of mercy and love.
So I come to your sanctuary # 5:7 Or “I come to the temple of your holiness.” with deepest awe
to bow in worship and adore you.
8Yahweh, lead me in the pathways of your pleasure
just like you promised me you would,
or else my enemies will conquer me.
Smooth out your road in front of me,
straight and level, so that I will know where to walk.
Multitude of Sins
9Their words are unreliable.
Destruction is in their hearts,
drawing people into their darkness with their speeches. # 5:9 Or “their throat is an open grave.”
They are smooth-tongued deceivers, flattering with their words.
10Declare them guilty, O God!
Let their own schemes be their downfall!
Let the guilt of their sins collapse on top of them,
for they rebel against you.
Multitude of Blessings
11But let them all be glad,
those who turn aside to hide themselves in you.
May they keep shouting for joy forever!
Overshadow them in your presence as they sing and rejoice.
Then every lover of your name will burst forth with endless joy.
12Lord, how wonderfully you bless the righteous.
Your favor wraps around each one and covers them
under your canopy of kindness and joy.
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