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Psalms 7

1

[a]A shiggaionTitle: Probably a literary or musical term of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush, a Benjamite.

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Lord my God, I take refuge in you;
save and deliver me from all who pursue me,

2 or they will tear me apart like a lion
and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me.

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3

Lord my God, if I have done this
and there is guilt on my hands—

4 if I have repaid my ally with evil
or without cause have robbed my foe—

5 then let my enemy pursue and overtake me;
let him trample my life to the ground
and make me sleep in the dust.[b]

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6

Arise, Lord, in your anger;
rise up against the rage of my enemies.
Awake, my God; decree justice.

7 Let the assembled peoples gather around you,
while you sit enthroned over them on high.

8 Let the Lord judge the peoples.
Vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness,
according to my integrity, O Most High.

9 Bring to an end the violence of the wicked
and make the righteous secure—
you, the righteous God
who probes minds and hearts.

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10

My shield[c] 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[d] will sharpen his sword;
he will bend and string his bow.

13 He has prepared his deadly weapons;
he makes ready his flaming arrows.

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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.

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

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Footnotes:

a. Psalms 7:1 In Hebrew texts 7:1-17 is numbered 7:2-18.
b. Psalms 7:5 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
c. Psalms 7:10 Or sovereign
d. Psalms 7:12 Or If anyone does not repent,God
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