The LORD Implored to Defend the Psalmist against the Wicked.

A Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the LORD concerning Cush, a Benjamite.

1 O LORD my God, 1in You I have taken refuge; Save me from all those who pursue me, and 2deliver me,

References for Psalms 7:1

2 Or he will tear my soul 3like a lion, Dragging me away, while there is none to deliver.

References for Psalms 7:2

    • a 7:2 - Or "me"
    • b 7:2 - Or "Rending it in pieces, while"
      3 O LORD my God, if I have done this, If there is 4injustice in my hands,

      References for Psalms 7:3

      4 If I have 5rewarded evil to my friend, Or have 6plundered him who without cause was my adversary,

      References for Psalms 7:4

        • c 7:4 - Lit "him who was at peace with me"
        • d 7:4 - Or "my adversary without cause"
          5 Let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it; And let him trample my life down to the ground And lay my glory in the dust. Selah.

          References for Psalms 7:5

            • e 7:5 - Or "me"
            • f 7:5 - Or me
            • g 7:5 - "Selah" may mean: "Pause, Crescendo" or "Musical interlude"
              6 7Arise, O LORD, in Your anger; 8Lift up Yourself against 9the rage of my adversaries, And 10arouse Yourself for me; You have appointed judgment.

              References for Psalms 7:6

                • h 7:6 - One ancient version reads "O my God"
                  7 Let the assembly of the 11peoples encompass You, And over them return on high.

                  References for Psalms 7:7

                  8 The LORD 12judges the peoples; 13Vindicate me, O LORD, according to my righteousness and my integrity that is in me.

                  References for Psalms 7:8

                    • j 7:8 - Lit "Judge"
                      9 O let 14the evil of the wicked come to an end, but 15establish the righteous; For the righteous God 16tries the hearts and minds.

                      References for Psalms 7:9

                        • k 7:9 - Lit "kidneys," figurative for inner man
                          10 My 17shield is with God, Who 18saves the upright in heart.

                          References for Psalms 7:10

                          11 God is a 19righteous judge, And a God who has 20indignation every day.

                          References for Psalms 7:11

                          12 If a man 21does not repent, He will 22sharpen His sword; He has 23bent His bow and made it ready.

                          References for Psalms 7:12

                            • m 7:12 - Lit "he"
                            • n 7:12 - Lit "fixed it"
                              13 He has also prepared for Himself deadly weapons; He makes His 24arrows fiery shafts.

                              References for Psalms 7:13

                                • o 7:13 - Or "His deadly weapons"
                                  14 Behold, he travails with wickedness, And he 25conceives mischief and brings forth falsehood.

                                  References for Psalms 7:14

                                  15 He has dug a pit and hollowed it out, And has 26fallen into the hole which he made.

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                                  16 His 27mischief will return upon his own head, And his 28violence will descend upon his own pate.

                                  References for Psalms 7:16

                                    • p 7:16 - I.e. the crown of his own head
                                      17 I will give thanks to the LORD 29according to His righteousness And will 30sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.

                                      References for Psalms 7:17