Psalms 7

Psalm 71

A musical composition2 by David, which he sang to the Lord concerning3 a Benjaminite named Cush.4

7:1 O Lord my God, in you I have taken shelter.5

Deliver me from all who chase me! Rescue me!

7:2 Otherwise they will rip6 me7 to shreds like a lion;

they will tear me to bits and no one will be able to rescue me.8

7:3 O Lord my God, if I have done what they say,9

or am guilty of unjust actions,10

7:4 or have wronged my ally,11

or helped his lawless enemy,12

7:5 may an enemy relentlessly chase13 me14 and catch me;15

may he trample me to death16

and leave me lying dishonored in the dust.17 (Selah)

7:6 Stand up angrily,18 Lord!

Rise up with raging fury against my enemies!19

Wake up for my sake and execute the judgment you have decreed for them!20

7:7 The countries are assembled all around you;21

take once more your rightful place over them!22

7:8 The Lord judges the nations.23

Vindicate me, Lord, because I am innocent,24

because I am blameless,25 O Exalted One!26

7:9 May the evil deeds of the wicked27 come to an end!28

But make the innocent29 secure,30

O righteous God,

you who examine31 inner thoughts and motives!32

7:10 The Exalted God is my shield,33

the one who delivers the morally upright.34

7:11 God is a just judge;

he is angry throughout the day.35

7:12 If a person36 does not repent, God sharpens his sword37

and prepares to shoot his bow.38

7:13 He prepares to use deadly weapons against him;39

he gets ready to shoot flaming arrows.40

7:14 See the one who is pregnant with wickedness,

who conceives destructive plans,

and gives birth to harmful lies – 41

7:15 he digs a pit42

and then falls into the hole he has made.43

7:16 He becomes the victim of his own destructive plans44

and the violence he intended for others falls on his own head.45

7:17 I will thank the Lord for46 his justice;

I will sing praises to the sovereign Lord!47

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