Psalm 5:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 5:8, NIV: Lead me, LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies-- make your way straight before me.

Psalm 5:8, ESV: Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me.

Psalm 5:8, KJV: Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.

Psalm 5:8, NASB: LORD, lead me in Your righteousness because of my enemies; Make Your way straight before me.

Psalm 5:8, NLT: Lead me in the right path, O LORD, or my enemies will conquer me. Make your way plain for me to follow.

Psalm 5:8, CSB: Lord, lead me in your righteousness because of my adversaries; make your way straight before me.

What does Psalm 5:8 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In the middle of dangerous circumstances (2 Samuel 15:13–14), David prioritizes the will of God. He asks the Lord to guide him, in no small part because there are evil men seeking to kill him (Psalm 3:1). Wicked men lay in wait to kill David, so he needed to follow the Lord's guidance to stay safe and to persevere in righteousness.

We, too, need guidance from the Lord as we navigate through a world that seeks to conform us to its philosophy and conduct. Jesus said His sheep hear His voice and follow Him, literally taking the same road he takes (John 10:4). Romans 12:2 exhorts us to not be conformed to this world, and 1 John 2:15 counsels: "Do not love the world or the things in the world." First John 2:16 explains, "For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world." The evil world system seeks to destroy our testimony as surely as David's enemies wanted to destroy him, so we need to follow the path God has drawn out for us in His Word.