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

Proclaim to the fortresses of Ashdod(A)
    and to the fortresses of Egypt:
“Assemble yourselves on the mountains of Samaria;(B)
    see the great unrest within her
    and the oppression among her people.”

10 “They do not know how to do right,(C)” declares the Lord,
    “who store up in their fortresses(D)
    what they have plundered(E) and looted.”

11 Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“An enemy will overrun your land,
    pull down your strongholds
    and plunder your fortresses.(F)

12 This is what the Lord says:

“As a shepherd rescues from the lion’s(G) mouth
    only two leg bones or a piece of an ear,
so will the Israelites living in Samaria be rescued,
    with only the head of a bed
    and a piece of fabric[a] from a couch.[b](H)

13 “Hear this and testify(I) against the descendants of Jacob,” declares the Lord, the Lord God Almighty.

14 “On the day I punish(J) Israel for her sins,
    I will destroy the altars of Bethel;(K)
the horns(L) of the altar will be cut off
    and fall to the ground.
15 I will tear down the winter house(M)
    along with the summer house;(N)
the houses adorned with ivory(O) will be destroyed
    and the mansions(P) will be demolished,(Q)
declares the Lord.(R)

Israel Has Not Returned to God

Hear this word, you cows of Bashan(S) on Mount Samaria,(T)
    you women who oppress the poor(U) and crush the needy(V)
    and say to your husbands,(W) “Bring us some drinks!(X)
The Sovereign Lord has sworn by his holiness:
    “The time(Y) will surely come
when you will be taken away(Z) with hooks,(AA)
    the last of you with fishhooks.[c]
You will each go straight out
    through breaches in the wall,(AB)
    and you will be cast out toward Harmon,[d]
declares the Lord.
“Go to Bethel(AC) and sin;
    go to Gilgal(AD) and sin yet more.
Bring your sacrifices every morning,(AE)
    your tithes(AF) every three years.[e](AG)
Burn leavened bread(AH) as a thank offering
    and brag about your freewill offerings(AI)
boast about them, you Israelites,
    for this is what you love to do,”
declares the Sovereign Lord.

Footnotes

  1. Amos 3:12 The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
  2. Amos 3:12 Or Israelites be rescued, / those who sit in Samaria / on the edge of their beds / and in Damascus on their couches.
  3. Amos 4:2 Or away in baskets, / the last of you in fish baskets
  4. Amos 4:3 Masoretic Text; with a different word division of the Hebrew (see Septuagint) out, you mountain of oppression
  5. Amos 4:4 Or days

Favoritism Forbidden

My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious(A) Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.(B) Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges(C) with evil thoughts?

Listen, my dear brothers and sisters:(D) Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world(E) to be rich in faith(F) and to inherit the kingdom(G) he promised those who love him?(H) But you have dishonored the poor.(I) Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court?(J) Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?

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