Being falsely accused by Cush one of Saul’s kinsmen, he calleth to God to be his defender, 3 to whom he commendeth his innocence, 9 first showing that his conscience did not accuse him of any evil toward Saul. 10 Next that it touched God’s glory to award sentence against the wicked. 12 And so entering into the consideration of God’s mercies and promise, he waxeth bold, and derideth the vain enterprises of his enemies,  15 threatening that that shall fall on their own neck which they have purposed for others.

[a]Shiggaion of David, which he sang unto the Lord, concerning the [b]words of (A)Cush the son of Benjamin.

O Lord my God, in thee I put my trust: save me from all that persecute me, and deliver me,

Lest [c]he devour my soul like a lion, and tear it in pieces, while there is none to help.

O Lord my God, if I have done [d]this thing, if there be any wickedness in mine hands,

[e]If I have rewarded evil unto him that had peace with me, (yea I have delivered him that vexed me without cause.)

Then let the enemies persecute my soul, and take it: yea, let him tread my life down upon the earth, and lay mine [f]honor in the dust. Selah.

Arise, O Lord, in thy wrath, and lift up thyself against the rage of mine enemies, and awake for me according to the [g]judgment that thou hast appointed.

So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore [h]return on high.

The Lord shall judge the people: judge thou me, O Lord, according to my [i]righteousness, and according to mine innocency that is in me.

Oh let the malice of the wicked come to an end: but guide thou the just: for the righteous God trieth the [j]hearts and reins.

10 My defense is in God, who preserveth the upright in heart.

11 God judgeth the righteous, and him that contemneth God, [k]every day.

12 Except [l]he turn, he hath whet his sword: he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.

13 He hath also prepared him deadly weapons: he will ordain his arrows for them that persecute me.

14 (B)Behold, he shall travail with wickedness: for he hath conceived mischief, but he shall bring forth a lie.

15 He hath made a pit, and dug it, and is fallen into the pit that he made.

16 His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his cruelty shall fall upon his own pate.

17 I will praise the Lord according to his [m]righteousness, and will sing praise to the Name of the Lord most high.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 7:1 Or, kind of tune.
  2. Psalm 7:1 Or, accusation.
  3. Psalm 7:2 He desireth God to deliver him from the rage of cruel Saul.
  4. Psalm 7:3 Wherewith Cush chargeth me.
  5. Psalm 7:4 If I reverenced not Saul for affinities sake and preserved his life, 1 Sam. 26:8,9.
  6. Psalm 7:5 Let me not only die, but be dishonored forever.
  7. Psalm 7:6 In promising me the kingdom.
  8. Psalm 7:7 Not only for mine, but for thy Church’s sake, declare thy power.
  9. Psalm 7:8 As touching my behavior toward Saul and mine enemies.
  10. Psalm 7:9 Though they pretend a just cause against me: yet God shall judge their hypocrisy.
  11. Psalm 7:11 He doth continually call the wicked to repentance by some signs of his judgments.
  12. Psalm 7:12 Except Saul turn his mind, I die: for he hath both men and weapons to destroy me. Thus considering his great danger, he magnifieth God’s grace.
  13. Psalm 7:17 In keeping faithfully his promise with me.

Psalm 7[a]

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

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

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

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

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

14 Whoever is pregnant with evil
    conceives trouble and gives birth(AE) to disillusionment.
15 Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out
    falls into the pit(AF) they have made.(AG)
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;(AH)
    I will sing the praises(AI) of the name of the Lord Most High.(AJ)

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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