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Psalms 5:5-6

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5:5 Arrogant people cannot stand in your presence; 1 

you hate 2  all who behave wickedly. 3 

5:6 You destroy 4  liars; 5 

the Lord despises 6  violent and deceitful people. 7 

1 tn Heb “before your eyes.”

2 sn You hate. The Lord “hates” the wicked in the sense that he despises their wicked character and deeds and actively opposes and judges them for their wickedness. See Ps 11:5.

3 tn Heb “all the workers of wickedness.”

4 tn The imperfect verbal form indicates God’s typical response to such individuals. Another option is to translate the verb as future (“You will destroy”); the psalmist may be envisioning a time of judgment when God will remove the wicked from the scene.

5 tn Heb “those who speak a lie.” In the OT a “lie” does not refer in a general philosophical sense to any statement that fails to correspond to reality. Instead it refers more specifically to a slanderous and/or deceitful statement that promotes one’s own selfish, sinful interests and/or exploits or harms those who are innocent. Note the emphasis on violence and deceit in the following line.

6 tn The imperfect verbal form highlights the Lord’s characteristic attitude toward such individuals.

7 tn Heb “a man of bloodshed and deceit.” The singular אִישׁ (’ish, “man”) is used here in a collective or representative sense; thus the translation “people” is appropriate here. Note the plural forms in vv. 5-6a.



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