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Psalm 7 Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV)

Psalm 7

The Slandered Saint


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.


  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
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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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