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Psalms 5:2

    Psalms 5:2 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Listen to the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for to you will I pray.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God; For unto thee do I pray.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Let the voice of my cry come to you, my King and my God; for to you will I make my prayer.

    Webster's Revision

    Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God; For unto thee do I pray.

    World English Bible

    Listen to the voice of my cry, my King and my God; for to you do I pray.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 5:2

    Hearken unto the voice of my cry - We may easily find the process through which David's mind was now passing:

    1. We have seen from the preceding Psalm that he lay down in a very happy frame of mind, and that he had enjoyed profound repose.

    2. As soon as he awakes in the morning, his heart, having a right direction, resumes its work.

    3. He meditates on God's goodness; and on his own happy state, though pursued by enemies, and only safe as long as God preserved him by an almighty hand and especial providence.

    4. This shows him the need he has of the continual protection of the Most High; and therefore he begins to form his meditation and the desires of his heart into words, to which he entreats the Lord to give ear.

    5. As he was accustomed to have answers to his prayers, he feels the necessity of being importunate! and therefore lifts up his voice.

    6. Seeing the workers of iniquity, liars, and blood-thirsty men strong to accomplish their own purposes in the destruction of the godly, he becomes greatly in earnest, and cries unto the Lord: "Hearken unto the voice of my cry."

    7. He knows that, in order to have a right answer, he must have a proper disposition of mind. He feels his subjection to the supreme authority of the Most High, and is ready to do his will and obey his laws; therefore he prays to God as his lying: "Hearken, my King and my God." I have not only taken thee for my God, to save, defend, and make me happy; but I have taken thee for my King, to govern, direct, and rule over me.

    8. Knowing the necessity and success of prayer, he purposes to continue in the spirit and practice of it: "Unto thee will I pray." R. S. Jarchi gives this a pretty and pious turn: "When I have power to pray, and to ask for the things I need, then, O Lord, give ear to my words; but when I have no power to plead with thee, and fear seizes on my heart, then, O Lord, consider my meditation!"

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 5:2

    Hearken unto the voice of my cry - My cry for assistance. The word "voice" refers to the utterance of his desires, or to his "expressed" wishes in a time of trouble.

    My King, and my God - Though he was himself a king, yet he acknowledged his subjection to God as his supreme Ruler, and looked up to Him to protect him in his dangers, and to restore him to his rights. He was, at the same time, his God - his covenant God - to whom he felt that he was permitted to come in the hour of trouble, and whose blessing he was permitted to invoke.

    For unto thee will I pray - He had no one else to go to in his troubles, and he felt that he "might" approach the living God. It was his fixed purpose - his regular habit - to pray to him, and to seek his favor and friendship, and he felt that he was permitted to do so now.