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Psalm 7

A song[a] of David to the Eternal regarding Cush, the Benjaminite.

O Eternal my God, in You I seek refuge.
    Save me from those who are chasing me. Rescue me,
Or else they will tear me to pieces as a lion devours his prey;
    they will carry me off with no one to snatch me from their jaws.

O Eternal my God, if I have done anything wrong to deserve this,
    if there is blood on my hands,
If I have mistreated a friend,
    or if I have stolen from an adversary without just cause,
Then let my enemy come after me and catch me,
    stomping me into the ground, ending my life,
    and grinding my honor into the dirt.


Arise, O Eternal One, inflamed by Your anger.
    Come and counter the rage of my adversaries;
    open Your eyes, my God; hear my plea for justice once and for all.

Let the people gather around You.
    Return to Your rightful place above them in the high court.
The Eternal will judge the nations.
    Judge me now, Eternal One, according to my virtue and integrity.

Please, bring the evil actions of these wicked, wicked people to an end!
    But secure the righteous,
For You, righteous God,
    examine our hearts and minds.
10 God is my defender;
    He rescues those who have a pure heart.
11 God is a just judge;
    He passes judgment daily against the person who does evil.

12 If the wicked do not turn from their evil deeds, God will sharpen His sword;
    He will bend His bow, stringing it in readiness.
13 Yes, He has prepared His deadly weapons
    with His arrows flaming hot.
14 See, my enemies are fertile with evil.
    They conceive trouble
    and give birth to deception.
15 They prepare a trap, digging a deep pit,
    and fall into the snare they have made.
16 The trouble they plan will return to punish them,
    and their violent acts will come back to haunt them.

17 As a result, I will thank the Eternal for His justice
    and sing praises in honor of the Eternal, Most High.

Psalm 8

For the worship leader. A song of David accompanied by the harp.[c]

This Davidic psalm based on Genesis 1 celebrates not only God’s majesty as Creator but also the unique place of human beings in His creation.

O Eternal, our Lord,
    Your majestic name is heard throughout the earth;
Your magnificent glory shines far above the skies.
From the mouths and souls of infants and toddlers, the most innocent,
    You have decreed power to stop Your adversaries
    and quash those who seek revenge.

When I gaze to the skies and meditate on Your creation—
    on the moon, stars, and all You have made,
I can’t help but wonder why You care about mortals—
    sons and daughters of men—
    specks of dust floating about the cosmos.

But You placed the son of man just beneath God
    and honored him like royalty, crowning him with glory and honor.
You ordained him to govern the works of Your hands,
    to nurture the offspring of Your divine imagination;
    You placed everything on earth beneath his feet:
All kinds of domesticated animals,
    even the wild animals in the fields and forests,
The birds of the sky and the fish of the sea,
    all the multitudes of living things that travel the currents of the oceans.

O Eternal, our Lord,
    Your majestic name is heard throughout the earth.


  1. 7:title Hebrew, shiggaion, meaning is uncertain.
  2. 7:5 Literally, selah, likely a musical direction from a Hebrew root meaning “to lift up”
  3. 8:title Hebrew, gittith, a winepress or a musical instrument from Gath

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