Psalm 5:4-6 (Hebrew verse numbering) starts off with David’s second direct address to Yahweh. The double reference to “morning” follows to identify the time of David’s prayer–thus the attribution of a morning prayer for this psalm traditionally. The psalmist’s focus is on God Himself, the kind of God He is, and what that means for mankind generally and David specifically. One of the significant studies in these verses will involve our analysis of Hebrew words (and phrases) for identifying wicked people–those whose character opposes the character of God. In these verses the Masoretic accents play a special role at key points in the text by clarifying the emphases.
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