English Standard Version
Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me.
King James Bible
Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.
American Standard Version
Lead me, O Jehovah, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; Make thy way straight before my face.
Conduct me, O Lord, in thy justice: because of my enemies, direct my way in thy sight.
English Revised Version
Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way plain before my face.
Webster's Bible Translation
Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness, because of my enemies; make thy way straight before my face.
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
(Heb.: 5:2-4) The introit: Prayer to be heard. The thoughts are simple but the language is carefully chosen. אמרים is the plur. of אמר (אמר), one of the words peculiar to the poetic prophetical style. The denominative האזין (like audire equals aus, οὖς dare) belongs more to poetry than prose. הגיג (like אביב) or מחיר (like מחיר) occurs only in two Psalms לדוד, viz., here and Psalm 34:4. It is derived from הגג equals הגה (vid., Psalm 1:2) and signifies that which is spoken meditatively, here praying in rapt devotion. Beginning thus the prayer gradually rises to a vox clamoris. שׁועי from שׁוע, to be distinguished from שׁוּעי (inf. Pi.) Psalm 28:2; Psalm 31:23, is one word with the Aram. צוח, Aethiop. צוּע (to call). On הקשׁיב used of intent listening, vid., Psalm 10:17. The invocation מלכּי ואלהי, when it is a king who utters it, is all the more significant. David, and in general the theocratic king, is only the representative of the Invisible One, whom he with all Israel adores as his King. Prayer to Him is his first work as he begins the day. In the morning, בּקר (as in Psalm 65:8 for בּבּקר, Psalm 88:13), shalt Thou hear my cry, is equivalent to my cry which goes forth with the early morn. Hupfeld considers the mention of the morning as only a "poetical expression" and when getting rid of the meaning prima luce, he also gets rid of the beautiful and obvious reference to the daily sacrifice. The verb ערך is the word used of laying the wood in order for the sacrifice, Leviticus 1:7, and the pieces of the sacrifice, Leviticus 1:8, Leviticus 1:12; Leviticus 6:5, of putting the sacred lamps in order, Exodus 27:21; Leviticus 24:3., and of setting the shew-bread in order, Exodus 40:23; Leviticus 24:8. The laying of the wood in order for the morning offering of a lamb (Leviticus 6:5 [Leviticus 6:12], cf. Numbers 28:4) was one of the first duties of the priest, as soon as the day began to dawn; the lamb was slain before sun-rise and when the sun appeared above the horizon laid piece by piece upon the altar. The morning prayer is compared to this morning sacrifice. This is in its way also a sacrifice. The object which David has in his mind in connection with אערך is תּפלּתי. As the priests, with the early morning, lay the wood and pieces of the sacrifices of the Tamı̂d upon the altar, so he brings his prayer before God as a spiritual sacrifice and looks out for an answer (צפּה speculari as in Habakkuk 2:1), perhaps as the priest looks out for fire from heaven to consume the sacrifice, or looks to the smoke to see that it rises up straight towards heaven.
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mine. Heb. those which observe me
1 Kings 8:36
then hear in heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel, when you teach them the good way in which they should walk, and grant rain upon your land, which you have given to your people as an inheritance.
He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Teach me your way, O LORD, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies.
In you, O LORD, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me!
For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name's sake you lead me and guide me;
He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in.
And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!
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