Psalm 5:2
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New International Version
Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.

New Living Translation
Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I pray to no one but you.

English Standard Version
Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray.

New American Standard Bible
Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God, For to You I pray.

King James Bible
Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Pay attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for I pray to You.

International Standard Version
Pay attention to my cry for help, my king and my God, for unto you will I pray.

NET Bible
Pay attention to my cry for help, my king and my God, for I am praying to you!

New Heart English Bible
Listen to the voice of my cry, my King and my God; for to you do I pray.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Give ear to the voice of my cry, my King and my God, because it is to you that I pray.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Pay attention to my cry for help, my king and my God, because I pray only to you.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God; For unto Thee do I pray.

New American Standard 1977
Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God,
            For to Thee do I pray.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God, for unto thee will I pray.

King James 2000 Bible
Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto you will I pray.

American King James Version
Listen to the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for to you will I pray.

American Standard Version
Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God; For unto thee do I pray.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hearken to the voice of my prayer, O my King and my God.

Darby Bible Translation
Hearken unto the voice of my crying, my king and my God; for to thee will I pray.

English Revised Version
Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee do I pray.

Webster's Bible Translation
Hearken to the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for to thee will I pray.

World English Bible
Listen to the voice of my cry, my King and my God; for to you do I pray.

Young's Literal Translation
Be attentive to the voice of my cry, My king and my God, For unto Thee I pray habitually.
Study Bible
Consider My Meditation
1For the choir director; for flute accompaniment. A Psalm of David. Give ear to my words, O LORD, Consider my groaning. 2Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God, For to You I pray. 3In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.…
Cross References
Psalm 84:3
The bird also has found a house, And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, Even Your altars, O LORD of hosts, My King and my God.

Psalm 140:6
I said to the LORD, "You are my God; Give ear, O LORD, to the voice of my supplications.

Psalm 145:1
A Psalm of Praise, of David. I will extol You, my God, O King, And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
Treasury of Scripture

Listen to the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for to you will I pray.

unto the

Psalm 3:4 I cried to the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.

my King

Psalm 10:16 The LORD is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land.

Psalm 24:7,8 Lift up your heads, O you gates; and be you lift up, you everlasting …

Psalm 44:4 You are my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob.

Psalm 47:6,7 Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises to our King, sing praises…

Psalm 74:12 For God is my King of old, working salvation in the middle of the earth.

Psalm 99:1-4 The LORD reigns; let the people tremble: he sits between the cherubim; …

Psalm 145:1 I will extol you, my God, O king; and I will bless your name for ever and ever.

Isaiah 33:22 For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is …

unto thee

Psalm 65:2 O you that hear prayer, to you shall all flesh come.

Verse 2. - Hearken unto the voice of my cry (comp. Psalm 27:7; Psalm 28:2; Psalm 64:1; Psalm 119:149; Psalm 130:2; Psalm 140:6). The Oriental habit of making requests in loud and shrill tones is the origin of these forms of speech. My King. David was "king" over Israel; but Jehovah was "King" over David (comp. Psalm 10:16; Psalm 29:10; Psalm 44:4; Psalm 47:6, etc.). And my God (see Psalm 84:3). For auto thee will I pray. To thee, i.e., and to no other. Hearken unto the voice of my cry,.... Which seems to intend more than groans or words, even a loud outcry, as of a person in great distress; such as the strong crying of Christ, in the days of his flesh, when on the cross, forsaken by God, deserted by his friends, and surrounded by his enemies, Hebrews 5:7; and such, in some measure, was the case of David. The arguments used by him, that the Lord would hearken to him, are as follow: and the first is taken from his interest in the Lord, and his relation to him,

my King and my God; the Lord was David's King in a civil sense; though David was a king over others, yet the Lord, who is the King of kings, was King over him, and he owned him to be so; he was set upon the throne by him, had his kingdom from him, and was accountable to him: and he was his King in a natural sense, the kingdom of nature and providence belonging to him, as he was his Creator, preserver, protector, and defender; and in a spiritual sense, he being delivered from the dominion of other lords, sin, Satan, and the world, and brought to a subjection to him by his Spirit and grace; and so to own him as his King and Lawgiver, as well as his Saviour. And he was his God; not in a general way, as he is the God of the spirits of all flesh living; nor merely in the peculiar way in which he was the God of the people of Israel; but in a most special manner, as being his covenant God and Father in Christ. He was his God, not only as the God of nature and providence, but as the God of all grace; who had distinguished him by special and spiritual blessings and favours; and whom David loved, believed in, and worshipped as his God. And this his interest in him, and relation to him, he uses with great pertinence and propriety, as an argument that he might be heard by him; since the Lord was his King, and he his subject; the Lord was his God, and he one of his people; the Lord was his father, and he a child of his; and therefore entreats and hopes to be heard; see Isaiah 63:15. His next argument is taken from his resolution to pray to him, and to continue to do so:

for unto thee will I pray; and only to thee: not to the gods of the Heathen, to idols, the works of men's hands, who can neither hear nor save: and to thee always; suggesting, that he would never leave off praying till he was heard; he would give him no rest, day nor night, until he received an answer. 2 Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will Ipray.

"The voice of my cry." In another Psalm we find the expression, "The voice of my weeping." Weeping has a voice - a melting, plaintive tone, an ear-piercing shrillness, which reaches the very heart of God: and crying hath a voice - a soul-moving eloquence; coming from our heart it reaches God's heart, Ah! my brothers and sisters, sometimes we cannot put our prayers into words: they are nothing but a cry: but the Lord can comprehend the meaning, for he hears a voice in our cry. To a loving father his children's cries are music, and they have a magic influence which his heart cannot resist. "My King and my God." Observe carefully these little pronouns, "my King, and my God." They are the pith and marrow of the plea. Here is a grand argument why God should answer prayer - because he is our King and our God. We are not aliens to him: he is the King of our country. Kings are expected to hear the appeals of their own people. We are not strangers to him; we are his worshippers, and he is our God: ours by covenant, by promise, by oath, by blood.

"For unto thee will I pray." Here David expresses his declaration that he will seek to God, and to God alone. God is to be the only object of worship: the only resource of our soul in times of need. Leave broken cisterns to the godless, and let the godly drink from the Divine fountain alone. "Unto thee will I pray." He makes a resolution, that as long as he lived he would pray. He would never cease to supplicate, even though the answer should not come. 2. Hearken—incline the ear (Ps 10:17; compare Ps 61:2)—give close attention.

my cry—that is, for help (Ps 61:2; Jer 8:19).

my King—thus by covenant relation interested in my cause.5:1-6 God is a prayer-hearing God. Such he has always been, and he is still as ready to hear prayer as ever. The most encouraging principle of prayer, and the most powerful plea in prayer, is, to look upon him as our King and our God. David also prays to a sin-hating God. sin is folly, and sinners are the greatest of all fools; fools of their own making. Wicked people hate God; justly are they hated of him, and this will be their endless misery and ruin. Let us learn the importance of truth and sincerity, in all the affairs of life. Liars and murderers resemble the devil, and are his children, therefore it may well be expected that God should abhor them. These were the characters of David's enemies; and such as these are still the enemies of Christ and his people.
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