Psalms 7

Prayer for Justice

1A Shiggaion
Perhaps a passionate song with rapid changes of rhythm, or a dirge
of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning the words of
Cush/ Cushite: The lands of the Nile in southern Egypt, including Nubia and Northern Sudan; the people who lived in that region
LXX, Aq, Sym, Theod, Jer read of the Cushite
a Benjaminite.

Yahweh/Yah: Or The Lord; the personal name of God in Hebrew; "Yah" is the shortened form of the name.
Yahweh my God, I seek refuge in You; e
save me from all my pursuers and rescue me f
2 or they
Lit he
will tear me like a lion,
ripping me apart with no one to rescue me.
Lit ripping, and without a rescuer

3 Yahweh my God, if I have done this,
if there is injustice on my hands, j
4 if I have done harm to one at peace with me k
or have plundered
Or me and have spared
my adversary without cause, m
5 may an enemy pursue and overtake me;
may he trample me to the ground n
and leave my honor in the dust. o ,
Selah: A Hebrew word whose meaning is uncertain; various interpretations include: (1) a musical notation, (2) a pause for silence, (3) a signal for worshipers to fall prostrate on the ground, (4) a term for the worshipers to call out, and (5) a word meaning "forever"


6 Rise up, Lord, in Your anger;
lift Yourself up against the fury of my adversaries; q
awake for me;
LXX reads awake, Lord my God
You have ordained
Or me; ordain
a judgment. u
7 Let the assembly of peoples gather around You; v
take Your seat
MT reads and return
on high over it. x
8 The Lord judges the peoples; y
vindicate me, Lord,
according to my righteousness and my integrity.
Lit integrity on me

9 Let the evil of the wicked come to an end, ab
but establish the righteous. ac
The One who examines the thoughts and emotions
Lit examines hearts and kidneys

is a righteous God. ae
10 My shield is with
Lit on
God, ag
who saves the upright in heart. ah
11 God is a righteous judge
and a God who shows His wrath every day. ai

12 If anyone does not repent,
Lit He
will sharpen His sword; ak
He has strung
Lit bent; that is, bent the bow to string it
His bow and made it ready. am
13 He has prepared His deadly weapons;
He tips His arrows with fire. an

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

17 I will thank the Lord for His righteousness;
I will sing about the name of Yahweh the
Most High: The Hebrew word is Elyon. It is often used with other names of God, such as El (God) or Yahweh (Lord); it is used to refer to God as the supreme being.
Most High. as
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