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)

Psalm 8[f]

For the director of music. According to gittith.[g] A psalm of David.

Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name(AK) in all the earth!

You have set your glory(AL)
    in the heavens.(AM)
Through the praise of children and infants
    you have established a stronghold(AN) against your enemies,
    to silence the foe(AO) and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,(AP)
    the work of your fingers,(AQ)
the moon and the stars,(AR)
    which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?[h](AS)

You have made them[i] a little lower than the angels[j](AT)
    and crowned them[k] with glory and honor.(AU)
You made them rulers(AV) over the works of your hands;(AW)
    you put everything under their[l] feet:(AX)
all flocks and herds,(AY)
    and the animals of the wild,(AZ)
the birds in the sky,
    and the fish in the sea,(BA)
    all that swim the paths of the seas.

Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!(BB)

Psalm 9[m][n]

For the director of music. To the tune of “The Death of the Son.” A psalm of David.

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;(BC)
    I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.(BD)
I will be glad and rejoice(BE) in you;
    I will sing the praises(BF) of your name,(BG) O Most High.

My enemies turn back;
    they stumble and perish before you.
For you have upheld my right(BH) and my cause,(BI)
    sitting enthroned(BJ) as the righteous judge.(BK)
You have rebuked the nations(BL) and destroyed the wicked;
    you have blotted out their name(BM) for ever and ever.
Endless ruin has overtaken my enemies,
    you have uprooted their cities;(BN)
    even the memory of them(BO) has perished.

The Lord reigns forever;(BP)
    he has established his throne(BQ) for judgment.
He rules the world in righteousness(BR)
    and judges the peoples with equity.(BS)
The Lord is a refuge(BT) for the oppressed,(BU)
    a stronghold in times of trouble.(BV)
10 Those who know your name(BW) trust in you,
    for you, Lord, have never forsaken(BX) those who seek you.(BY)

11 Sing the praises(BZ) of the Lord, enthroned in Zion;(CA)
    proclaim among the nations(CB) what he has done.(CC)
12 For he who avenges blood(CD) remembers;
    he does not ignore the cries of the afflicted.(CE)

13 Lord, see how my enemies(CF) persecute me!
    Have mercy(CG) and lift me up from the gates of death,(CH)
14 that I may declare your praises(CI)
    in the gates of Daughter Zion,(CJ)
    and there rejoice in your salvation.(CK)

15 The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug;(CL)
    their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.(CM)
16 The Lord is known by his acts of justice;
    the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.[o](CN)
17 The wicked go down to the realm of the dead,(CO)
    all the nations that forget God.(CP)
18 But God will never forget the needy;
    the hope(CQ) of the afflicted(CR) will never perish.

19 Arise,(CS) Lord, do not let mortals triumph;(CT)
    let the nations be judged(CU) in your presence.
20 Strike them with terror,(CV) Lord;
    let the nations know they are only mortal.(CW)

Psalm 10[p]

Why, Lord, do you stand far off?(CX)
    Why do you hide yourself(CY) in times of trouble?

In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,(CZ)
    who are caught in the schemes he devises.
He boasts(DA) about the cravings of his heart;
    he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord.(DB)
In his pride the wicked man does not seek him;
    in all his thoughts there is no room for God.(DC)
His ways are always prosperous;
    your laws are rejected by[q] him;
    he sneers at all his enemies.
He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.”
    He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”(DD)

His mouth is full(DE) of lies and threats;(DF)
    trouble and evil are under his tongue.(DG)
He lies in wait(DH) near the villages;
    from ambush he murders the innocent.(DI)
His eyes watch in secret for his victims;
    like a lion in cover he lies in wait.
He lies in wait to catch the helpless;(DJ)
    he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.(DK)
10 His victims are crushed,(DL) they collapse;
    they fall under his strength.
11 He says to himself, “God will never notice;(DM)
    he covers his face and never sees.”(DN)

12 Arise,(DO) Lord! Lift up your hand,(DP) O God.
    Do not forget the helpless.(DQ)
13 Why does the wicked man revile God?(DR)
    Why does he say to himself,
    “He won’t call me to account”?(DS)
14 But you, God, see the trouble(DT) of the afflicted;
    you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;(DU)
    you are the helper(DV) of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked man;(DW)
    call the evildoer to account for his wickedness
    that would not otherwise be found out.

16 The Lord is King for ever and ever;(DX)
    the nations(DY) will perish from his land.
17 You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;(DZ)
    you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,(EA)
18 defending the fatherless(EB) and the oppressed,(EC)
    so that mere earthly mortals
    will never again strike terror.


  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
  6. Psalm 8:1 In Hebrew texts 8:1-9 is numbered 8:2-10.
  7. Psalm 8:1 Title: Probably a musical term
  8. Psalm 8:4 Or what is a human being that you are mindful of him, / a son of man that you care for him?
  9. Psalm 8:5 Or him
  10. Psalm 8:5 Or than God
  11. Psalm 8:5 Or him
  12. Psalm 8:6 Or made him ruler . . . ; / . . . his
  13. Psalm 9:1 Psalms 9 and 10 may originally have been a single acrostic poem in which alternating lines began with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In the Septuagint they constitute one psalm.
  14. Psalm 9:1 In Hebrew texts 9:1-20 is numbered 9:2-21.
  15. Psalm 9:16 The Hebrew has Higgaion and Selah (words of uncertain meaning) here; Selah occurs also at the end of verse 20.
  16. Psalm 10:1 Psalms 9 and 10 may originally have been a single acrostic poem in which alternating lines began with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In the Septuagint they constitute one psalm.
  17. Psalm 10:5 See Septuagint; Hebrew / they are haughty, and your laws are far from

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