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Psalm 7 Good News Translation (GNT)

A Prayer for Justice[a]

O Lord, my God, I come to you for protection;
    rescue me and save me from all who pursue me,
or else like a lion they will carry me off
    where no one can save me,
    and there they will tear me to pieces.

3-4 O Lord, my God, if I have wronged anyone,
    if I have betrayed a friend
    or without cause done violence to my enemy[b]
    if I have done any of these things—
then let my enemies pursue me and catch me,
    let them cut me down and kill me
    and leave me lifeless on the ground!

Rise in your anger, O Lord!
    Stand up against the fury of my enemies;
    rouse yourself and help me!
Justice is what you demand,
    so bring together all the peoples around you,
    and rule over them from above.[c]
You are the judge of all people.
    Judge in my favor, O Lord;
    you know that I am innocent.
You are a righteous God
    and judge our thoughts and desires.
Stop the wickedness of evildoers
    and reward those who are good.

10 God is my protector;
    he saves those who obey him.
11 God is a righteous judge
    and always condemns the wicked.
12 If they do not change their ways,
    God will sharpen his sword.
He bends his bow and makes it ready;
13     he takes up his deadly weapons
    and aims his burning arrows.

14 See how wicked people think up evil;
    they plan trouble and practice deception.
15 But in the traps they set for others,
    they themselves get caught.
16 So they are punished by their own evil
    and are hurt by their own violence.

17 I thank the Lord for his justice;
    I sing praises to the Lord, the Most High.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 7:1 HEBREW TITLE: A song which David sang to the Lord because of Cush the Benjaminite.
  2. Psalm 7:3 without cause done violence to my enemy; or shown mercy to someone who wronged me unjustly.
  3. Psalm 7:7 Probable text rule over them from above; Hebrew return above over them.
Good News Translation (GNT)

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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
New International Version (NIV)

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