Psalm 7 An Ode of David, [probably] in a wild, irregular, enthusiastic strain, which he sang to the Lord concerning the words of Cush, a Benjamite. 7 1O LORD my God, in You I take refuge and put my trust; save me from all those who pursue and persecute me, and deliver me, 2Lest my foe tear my life [from my body] like a lion, dragging me away while there is none to deliver. 3O Lord my God, if I have done this, if there is wrong in my hands, 4If I have paid back with evil him who was at peace with me or without cause have robbed him who was my enemy, 5Let the enemy pursue my life and take it; yes, let him trample my life to the ground and lay my honor in the dust. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! 6Arise, O Lord, in Your anger; lift up Yourself against the rage of my enemies; and awake [and stir up] for me the justice and vindication [that] You have commanded. 7Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered about You, and return on high over them. 8The Lord judges the people; judge me, O Lord, and do me justice according to my righteousness [my rightness, justice, and right standing with You] and according to the integrity that is in me. 9Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but establish the [uncompromisingly] righteous [those upright and in harmony with You]; for You, Who try the hearts and emotions and thinking powers, are a righteous God. 10My defense and shield depend on God, Who saves the upright in heart. 11God is a righteous Judge, yes, a God Who is indignant every day. 12If a man does not turn and repent, [God] will whet His sword; He has strung and bent His [huge] bow and made it ready [by treading it with His foot]. 13He has also prepared for him deadly weapons; He makes His arrows fiery shafts. 14Behold, [the wicked man] conceives iniquity and is pregnant with mischief and gives birth to lies. 15He made a pit and hollowed it out and has fallen into the hole which he made [before the trap was completed]. 16His mischief shall fall back in return upon his own head, and his violence come down [with the loose dirt] upon his own scalp. 17I will give to the Lord the thanks due to His rightness and justice, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.
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