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  • Psalm 5
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1 Give ear to my words, O LORD; *

consider my meditation.

2 Hearken to my cry for help, my King and my God, *

for I make my prayer to you.

3 In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; *

early in the morning I make my appeal and watch for you.

4 For you are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, *

and evil cannot dwell with you.

5 Braggarts cannot stand in your sight; *

you hate all those who work wickedness.

6 You destroy those who speak lies; *

the bloodthirsty and deceitful, O LORD, you abhor.

7 But as for me, through the greatness of your mercy I will go into your house; *

I will bow down toward your holy temple in awe of you.

8 Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness,

because of those who lie in wait for me; *

make your way straight before me.

9 For there is no truth in their mouth; *

there is destruction in their heart;

10 Their throat is an open grave; *

they flatter with their tongue.

11 Declare them guilty, O God; *

let them fall, because of their schemes.

12 Because of their many transgressions cast them out, *

for they have rebelled against you.

13 But all who take refuge in you will be glad; *

they will sing out their joy for ever.

14 You will shelter them, *

so that those who love your Name may exult in you.

15 For you, O LORD, will bless the righteous; *

you will defend them with your favor as with a shield.

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  chanted by the Rev. Philip Mayer
St. Peter's by the Lake Episcopal Church
The Colony, Texas