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Psalm 7

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A meditation by David, which he sang to Yahweh, concerning the words of Cush, the Benjamite.
chronological insert: similar to after Abner the Benjamite's murder 2 Samuel 3:26-29

David prays against the malice of his enemies, professing his innocency.

7:1 Yahweh, my God, I take refuge in you.
Save me from all those who pursue me, and deliver me,

7:2 lest they tear apart my soul like a lion,
ripping it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.

7:3 Yahweh, my God, if I have done this,
if there is iniquity in my hands,

7:4 if I have rewarded evil to him who was at peace with me
(yes, if I have delivered him who without cause was my adversary),

7:5 let the enemy pursue my soul, and overtake it;
yes, let him tread my life down to the earth,
and lay my glory in the dust.


7:6 Arise, Yahweh, in your anger.
Lift up yourself against the rage of my adversaries.
Awake for me. You have commanded judgment.

7:7 Let the congregation of the peoples surround you.
Rule over them on high.

7:8 Yahweh administers judgment to the peoples.
Judge me, Yahweh, according to my righteousness,
and to my integrity that is in me.

7:9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end,
but establish the righteous;
their minds and hearts are searched by the righteous God.

By faith he sees his defence, and the destruction of his enemies.

7:10 My shield is with God,
who saves the upright in heart.

7:11 God is a righteous judge,
yes, a God who has indignation every day.

7:12 If a man doesn’t relent, he will sharpen his sword;
he has bent and strung his bow.

7:13 He has also prepared for himself the instruments of death.
He makes ready his flaming arrows.

7:14 Behold, he travails with iniquity.
Yes, he has conceived mischief,
and brought forth falsehood.

7:15 He has dug a hole,
and has fallen into the pit which he made.

7:16 The trouble he causes shall return to his own head.
His violence shall come down on the crown of his own head.

7:17 I will give thanks to Yahweh according to his righteousness,
and will sing praise to the name of Yahweh Most High.

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