A shiggaion [C a musical or literary term of uncertain meaning] of David which he sang to the Lord about Cush, from the tribe of Benjamin [C an unknown person, but the tribe of Benjamin, Saul’s tribe, resisted David’s kingship at first; 2 Sam. 3–4].
7 Lord my God, I ·trust in you for protection [find refuge in you]. ·Save [Rescue; T Deliver] me and rescue me from those who are ·chasing [pursuing] me. 2 Otherwise, like a lion they will tear me apart. They will ·rip me to pieces [or drag me away], and no one can ·save [rescue; T deliver] me.
3 Lord my God, what have I done? Have my hands done something ·wrong [to make me guilty]? 4 Have I done wrong to ·my friend [L the one at peace with me] or stolen without reason from my enemy? 5 If I have, let my enemy ·chase [pursue] me and ·capture [overtake] me. Let him trample ·me [L my life] into the ·dust [earth] and ·bury me [L lay my honor] in the ground. ·Selah[Interlude]
6 Lord, rise up in your anger; ·stand up [L lift yourself up] against my enemies’ ·anger [fury]. ·Get up [Wake up], ·my God [or for me], and ·demand fairness [insist on/L command judgment]. 7 Gather the ·nations [L assembly/congregations of the peoples] around you and ·rule [or take a seat over; L return] them from ·above [on high]. 8 Lord, judge the people. Lord, ·defend [judge] me ·because I am right [according to my righteousness], ·because I have done no wrong [according to my innocence]. 9 God, you ·do what is right [are righteous]. You ·know [L test] our ·thoughts [L hearts/minds] and ·feelings [L kidneys; C the seat of emotions in Hebrew thought]. Stop those wicked actions done by evil people, and ·help [establish] those who ·do what is right [are righteous].
10 God ·protects me like a [is my] shield; he saves those whose hearts ·are right [have integrity]. 11 God ·judges by what is right [is a righteous judge], and God is ·always ready to punish the wicked [L angry every day]. 12 If they do not ·change their lives [repent], God will sharpen his sword; he will string his bow and take aim. 13 He has prepared his deadly weapons; he has made his flaming arrows.
14 There are people who ·think up [L conceive] evil and ·plan [L are pregnant with] ·trouble [malice] and ·tell [L give birth to] lies. 15 They dig a ·hole [pit] ·to trap others [L and dig it deep], but they will fall into it themselves. 16 ·They will get themselves into trouble [L Their trouble/malice will return to their head]; the violence they cause will ·hurt only themselves [L come down on their heads; Prov. 26:27; Matt. 26:52].
17 I praise the Lord ·because he does what is right [according to his righteousness]. I sing praises to the Lord Most High.
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