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Psalm 7 Darby Translation (DARBY)

Shiggaion of David, which he sang to Jehovah, concerning the words of Cush the Benjaminite.

Jehovah my God, in thee have I trusted: save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me;

Lest he tear my soul like a lion, crushing it while there is no deliverer.

Jehovah my God, if I have done this, if there be iniquity in my hands;

If I have rewarded evil to him that was at peace with me; (indeed I have freed him that without cause oppressed me;)

Let the enemy pursue after my soul, and take [it], and let him tread down my life to the earth, and lay my glory in the dust. Selah.

Arise, Jehovah, in thine anger; lift thyself up against the raging of mine oppressors, and awake for me: thou hast commanded judgment.

And the assembly of the peoples shall encompass thee; and for their sakes return thou on high.

Jehovah shall minister judgment to the peoples. Judge me, Jehovah, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity which is in me.

Oh let the wrong of the wicked come to an end, and establish thou the righteous [man]; even thou that triest the hearts and reins, the righteous God.

10 My shield is with God, who saveth the upright in heart.

11 God is a righteous judge, and a God who is indignant all the day.

12 If one turn not, he will sharpen his sword; he hath bent his bow and made it ready,

13 And he hath prepared for him instruments of death; his arrows hath he made burning.

14 Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, yea, he hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood:

15 He digged a pit, and hollowed it out, and is fallen into the hole that he made.

16 His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violence shall come down upon his own pate.

17 I will praise Jehovah according to his righteousness, and will sing forth the name of Jehovah the Most High.

Psalm 7 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 7[a]

A shiggaion[b] of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush, a Benjamite.

Lord my God, I take refuge in you;
    save and deliver me from all who pursue me,
or they will tear me apart like a lion
    and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me.

Lord my God, if I have done this
    and there is guilt on my hands
if I have repaid my ally with evil
    or without cause have robbed my foe—
then let my enemy pursue and overtake me;
    let him trample my life to the ground
    and make me sleep in the dust.[c]

Arise, Lord, in your anger;
    rise up against the rage of my enemies.
    Awake, my God; decree justice.
Let the assembled peoples gather around you,
    while you sit enthroned over them on high.
    Let the Lord judge the peoples.
Vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness,
    according to my integrity, O Most High.
Bring to an end the violence of the wicked
    and make the righteous secure—
you, the righteous God
    who probes minds and hearts.

10 My shield[d] is God Most High,
    who saves the upright in heart.
11 God is a righteous judge,
    a God who displays his wrath every day.
12 If he does not relent,
    he[e] will sharpen his sword;
    he will bend and string his bow.
13 He has prepared his deadly weapons;
    he makes ready his flaming arrows.

14 Whoever is pregnant with evil
    conceives trouble and gives birth to disillusionment.
15 Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out
    falls into the pit they have made.
16 The trouble they cause recoils on them;
    their violence comes down on their own heads.

17 I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness;
    I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 7:1 In Hebrew texts 7:1-17 is numbered 7:2-18.
  2. Psalm 7:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  3. Psalm 7:5 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
  4. Psalm 7:10 Or sovereign
  5. Psalm 7:12 Or If anyone does not repent, / God
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