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Psalm 7 Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV)

Psalm 7

The Slandered Saint

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A shiggaion[a] by David, which he sang to the Lord
because of the words of Cush, from the tribe of Benjamin.

David’s Innocence

O Lord my God, in you I take refuge.
Save me from all my pursuers and deliver me.
Otherwise, like a lion they will tear me apart.
They will drag me away with no one to rescue me.
O Lord my God, if I have done this,
if there is injustice in my hands,
if I have done evil to anyone who is at peace with me,
or if I have robbed my foe for no reason,
then let an enemy pursue my life and overtake me.
Let him trample my life to the ground
and make my glory dwell in the dust. Interlude

David’s Appeal for Justice

Stand up, O Lord, in your anger.
Rise up against the fury of my foes.
Awake for me. You have commanded justice.[b]
A crowd of peoples surrounds you.
Turn against them from on high.
Let the Lord judge the peoples.
Acquit me, O Lord, according to my righteousness,
according to my integrity which is in me.
The evil of the wicked will come to an end,
but you will establish the righteous.
You search minds and hearts,[c] O righteous God.

God’s Judgment Against the Wicked

10 My shield is God, who saves the upright in heart.
11 God, the judge, is righteous,
but he is a God who expresses his wrath every day.
12 If he[d] does not relent,
    the Lord[e] will sharpen his sword.
    He has bent his bow and will string it.
13     He prepares his deadly weapons.
    He will make his arrows flames.

You Reap What You Sow

14 Yes, whoever conceives evil and is pregnant with trouble
    will give birth to disappointment.[f]
15 He digs a pit and scoops it out,
and he will fall into the hole he has made.
16 The trouble he causes comes back on his own head.
His violence comes down on top of his own skull.

Closing Praise

17 I will thank the Lord because of his righteousness,
and I will make music to the name of the Lord Most High.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 7:1 The Hebrew word shiggaion is a musical term of uncertain meaning. Perhaps it means an emotional song.
  2. Psalm 7:6 Or command justice
  3. Psalm 7:9 Literally hearts and kidneys
  4. Psalm 7:12 It is not clear whether he refers to God or to the wicked.
  5. Psalm 7:12 Hebrew he. The subject the Lord is supplied for clarity.
  6. Psalm 7:14 Or lies
Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV)

The Holy Bible, Evangelical Heritage Version®, EHV®, © 2019 Wartburg Project, Inc. All rights reserved.

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