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Psalm 7 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

A song[a] of David that he sang to the Lord about Cush from the tribe of Benjamin.

Lord my God, I come to you for protection.
    Save me from those who are chasing me.
If you don’t help me, I will be torn apart like an animal caught by a lion.
    I will be carried away with no one to save me.

Lord my God, I have done nothing wrong.
I have done nothing to hurt a friend[b]
    or to help his enemies.
If that is not the truth, then punish me.
    Let an enemy chase me, catch me, and kill me.
    Let him grind me into the dirt and put me in my grave. Selah

Lord, get up[c] and show your anger!
    My enemy is angry, so stand and fight against him.
    Get me the justice that you demand.
Gather the nations around you,
    and take your place as judge.
Lord, judge the people.
    Lord, judge me.
    Prove that I am right and that I am innocent.
Stop those who do evil.
    Support those who do good.
God, you are fair.
    You know what people are thinking.

10 God helps people who want to do right,
    so he will protect me.
11 God is a good judge.
    He always condemns evil.
12-13 If the wicked will not change,
    then God is ready to punish them.
He has prepared his deadly weapons.
    His sword is sharp.
His bow is strung, drawn back,
    and ready to shoot its flaming arrow.

14 The minds of the wicked are full of evil;
    they are pregnant with wicked plans,
    which give birth to lies.
15 They dig a pit to trap others,
    but they are the ones who will fall into it.
16 The trouble they cause will come back on them.
    They plan harm for others,
    but they are the ones who will be hurt.

17 I praise the Lord because he is good.
    I praise the name of the Lord Most High.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 7:1 Psalm 7 song Hebrew, “ shiggayon,” which may mean a special kind of song, perhaps one that is sad or full of emotion.
  2. Psalm 7:4 friend Or “ally.”
  3. Psalm 7:6 Lord, get up The people said this when they lifted the Box of the Agreement and took it into battle, showing that God was with them. See Num. 10:35-36.
Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

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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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