Psalm 7 CSB

Prayer for Justice

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

1 Lord my God, I seek refuge in You; save me from all my pursuers and rescue me,

References for Psalms 7:1

      2 or theya will tear me like a lion,b ripping me apart, with no one to rescue me.c

      References for Psalms 7:2

        • e 7:2 - Lit he
        • f 7:2 - Ps 57:4; Isa 38:13
        • g 7:2 - Lit ripping, and without a rescuer
          3 Lord my God, if I have done this, if there is injustice on my hands,
          4 if I have done harm to one at peace with me or have plunderedd my adversary without cause,

          References for Psalms 7:4

            • h 7:4 - Or me and have spared
              5 may an enemy pursue and overtake me; may he trample me to the ground and leave my honor in the dust. Selah
              6 Rise up, Lord, in Your anger; lift Yourself up against the fury of my adversaries; awake for me;e You have ordainedf a judgment.

              References for Psalms 7:6

                • i 7:6 - LXX reads awake, Lord my God
                • j 7:6 - Or me; ordain
                  7 Let the assembly of peoples gather around You; take Your seatg on high over it.

                  References for Psalms 7:7

                    • k 7:7 - MT reads and return
                      8 The Lord judges the peoples; vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness and my integrity.h i

                      References for Psalms 7:8

                        • l 7:8 - Lit integrity on me
                        • m 7:8 - Ps 26:1; 35:24; 43:1
                          9 Let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous. The One who examines the thoughts and emotionsj is a righteous God.k

                          References for Psalms 7:9

                            • n 7:9 - Lit examines hearts and kidneys
                            • o 7:9 - Heb 4:12
                              10 My shield is withl God, who saves the upright in heart.

                              References for Psalms 7:10

                                  11 God is a righteous judge, and a God who executes justice every day.
                                  12 If anyone does not repent, Godm will sharpen His sword; He has strungn His bow and made it ready.

                                  References for Psalms 7:12

                                    • q 7:12 - Lit He
                                    • r 7:12 - Lit bent; that is, bent the bow to string it
                                      13 He has prepared His deadly weapons; He tips His arrows with fire.
                                      14 See, he 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, and his violence falls on the top of his head.o

                                      References for Psalms 7:16

                                        • s 7:16 - Ps 140:9-11; Est 9:25
                                          17 I will thank the Lord for His righteousness; I will sing about the name of the Lord, the Most High.