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Psalm 7 (Holman Christian Standard)

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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, 2 or theya will tear me like a lion,b ripping me apart, with no one to rescue me.c 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, 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. 7 Let the assembly of peoples gather around You; take Your seatg on high over it. 8 The Lord judges the peoples; vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness and my integrity.h i 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 10 My shield is withl God, who saves the upright in heart. 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. 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 17 I will thank the Lord for His righteousness; I will sing about the name of the Lord, the Most High.
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