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Psalms 5:8

    Psalms 5:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Lead me, O Jehovah, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; Make thy way straight before my face.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Be my guide, O Lord, in the ways of your righteousness, because of those who are against me; make your way straight before my face.

    Webster's Revision

    Lead me, O Jehovah, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; Make thy way straight before my face.

    World English Bible

    Lead me, Yahweh, in your righteousness because of my enemies. Make your way straight before my face.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 5:8

    Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness - When entered into the house, and prostrated before the temple, he knew that, unless God continued to lead and direct, he was not likely to profit even by such great advantages. We need God not only to bring us to his house, but to keep our feet while we are there.

    Because of mine enemies - His conduct was marked; his enemies looked upon and watched him with an evil eye. They would have been glad of his halting, that they might have brought a reproach on the good cause which he had espoused. O how cautiously should those walk who make a profession of living to God, of knowing themselves to be in his favor, and of being delivered from all sin in this life!

    Make thy way straight - Show me that I must go right on; and let thy light always shine on my path, that I may see how to proceed.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 5:8

    Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness - That is, conduct me safely in the manifestation of the principles of justice or righteousness which belong to thy nature. David felt assured that his was a righteous cause, and that he might make his appeal to God on the ground of the justness of that cause. Such a ground of appeal is always proper when we are in danger or in trouble from the injustice of others, for we may always ask of God to interpose, and to cause that which is right to be done.

    Because of mine enemies - On account of my enemies, or in respect to them; that is, that they may not triumph, but that I may be vindicated and may be delivered from them.

    Make thy way straight before my face - The way in which thou wouldst have me to walk. That is, mark out or make plain before me the path for me to tread - the path in which thou wilt deliver me. He was in perplexity, and knew not which way to go, and he looks up to God for guidance and direction.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 5:8

    5:8 Righteousness - In thy righteous laws. Because - That I may give them no occasion of slandering me, or religion for my sake. The way - The way wherein thou wouldst have to one walk. Plain - That I may clearly discern it, and readily walk in it.