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Psalm 7Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

Psalm 7

Prayer for Justice

A Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning the words of Cush, a Benjaminite.

Lord my God, I seek refuge in you;
save me from all my pursuers and rescue me
or they[a] will tear me like a lion,
ripping me apart with no one to rescue me.

Lord my God, if I have done this,
if there is injustice on my hands,
if I have done harm to one at peace with me
or have plundered[b] my adversary without cause,
may an enemy pursue and overtake me;
may he trample me to the ground
and leave my honor in the dust.Selah

Rise up, Lord, in your anger;
lift yourself up against the fury of my adversaries;
awake for me;[c]
you have ordained a judgment.
Let the assembly of peoples gather around you;
take your seat on high over it.
The Lord judges the peoples;
vindicate me, Lord,
according to my righteousness and my integrity.

Let the evil of the wicked come to an end,
but establish the righteous.
The one who examines the thoughts and emotions[d]
is a righteous God.
10 My shield is with God,
who saves the upright in heart.
11 God is a righteous judge
and a God who shows his wrath every day.

12 If anyone does not repent,
he will sharpen his sword;
he has strung his bow and made it ready.
13 He has prepared his deadly weapons;
he tips his arrows with fire.

14 See, the wicked one is pregnant with evil,
conceives trouble, and gives birth to deceit.
15 He dug a pit and hollowed it out
but fell into the hole he had made.
16 His trouble comes back on his own head;
his own violence comes down on top of his head.

17 I will thank the Lord for his righteousness;
I will sing about the name of the Lord Most High.

Footnotes:

  1. 7:2 Lit he
  2. 7:4 Or me and have spared
  3. 7:6 LXX reads awake, Lord my God
  4. 7:9 Lit examines hearts and kidneys
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