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Psalm 5:5-6 New English Translation (NET Bible)

Arrogant people cannot stand in your presence;[a]
you hate[b] all who behave wickedly.[c]
You destroy[d] liars;[e]
the Lord despises[f] violent and deceitful people.[g]


  1. Psalm 5:5 tn Heb “before your eyes.”
  2. Psalm 5:5 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. Psalm 5:5 tn Heb “all the workers of wickedness.”
  4. Psalm 5:6 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. Psalm 5:6 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. Psalm 5:6 tn The imperfect verbal form highlights the Lord’s characteristic attitude toward such individuals.
  7. Psalm 5:6 tn Heb “a man of bloodshed and deceit.” The singular אִישׁ (ʾish, “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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