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Psalm 7 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Psalm 7

Prayer for Justice

A Shiggaion[a] of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning the words of Cush,[b] a Benjaminite.

Yahweh my God, I seek refuge in You;
save me from all my pursuers and rescue me
or they[c] will tear me like a lion,
ripping me apart with no one to rescue me.[d]

Yahweh my God, if I have done this,
if there is injustice on my hands,
if I have done harm to one at peace with me
or have plundered[e] my adversary without cause,
may an enemy pursue and overtake me;
may he trample me to the ground
and leave my honor in the dust.Selah

Rise up, Lord, in Your anger;
lift Yourself up against the fury of my adversaries;
awake for me;[f]
You have ordained[g] a judgment.
Let the assembly of peoples gather around You;
take Your seat[h] on high over it.
The Lord judges the peoples;
vindicate me, Lord,
according to my righteousness and my integrity.[i]

Let the evil of the wicked come to an end,
but establish the righteous.
The One who examines the thoughts and emotions[j]
is a righteous God.
10 My shield is with[k] God,
who saves the upright in heart.
11 God is a righteous judge
and a God who shows His wrath every day.

12 If anyone does not repent,
God[l] will sharpen His sword;
He has strung[m] His bow and made it ready.
13 He has prepared His deadly weapons;
He tips His arrows with fire.

14 See, the wicked one is pregnant with evil,
conceives trouble, and gives birth to deceit.
15 He dug a pit and hollowed it out
but fell into the hole he had made.
16 His trouble comes back on his own head,
and his violence falls on the top of his head.

17 I will thank the Lord for His righteousness;
I will sing about the name of Yahweh the Most High.


  1. Psalm 7:1 Perhaps a passionate song with rapid changes of rhythm, or a dirge
  2. Psalm 7:1 LXX, Aq, Sym, Theod, Jer read of the Cushite
  3. Psalm 7:2 Lit he
  4. Psalm 7:2 Lit ripping, and without a rescuer
  5. Psalm 7:4 Or me and have spared
  6. Psalm 7:6 LXX reads awake, Lord my God
  7. Psalm 7:6 Or me; ordain
  8. Psalm 7:7 MT reads and return
  9. Psalm 7:8 Lit integrity on me
  10. Psalm 7:9 Lit examines hearts and kidneys
  11. Psalm 7:10 Lit on
  12. Psalm 7:12 Lit He
  13. Psalm 7:12 Lit bent; that is, bent the bow to string it

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.


  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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