Psalm 7

English Standard Version

A Shiggaion[1] of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning the words of Cush, a Benjaminite. O Lord my God, in you do I take refuge; save me from all my pursuers and deliver me, (Ps 11:1; Ps 31:15; Hab 3:1) lest like a lion they tear my soul apart, rending it in pieces, with none to deliver. (Job 10:16; Ps 50:22) O Lord my God, if I have done this, if there is wrong in my hands, (1Sa 24:11; 1Sa 26:18; 2Sa 16:7; Ps 59:3) if I have repaid my friend[2] with evil or plundered my enemy without cause, (1Sa 24:7; 1Sa 26:9; Ps 55:20) let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it, and let him trample my life to the ground and lay my glory in the dust. (Ps 89:39; Da 8:7) Arise, O Lord, in your anger; lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies; awake for me; you have appointed a judgment. (Job 8:6; Ps 3:7; Ps 35:23; Ps 44:23; Ps 59:4; Ps 94:2; Isa 33:10) Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered about you; over it return on high. The Lord judges the peoples; judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is in me. (Ps 18:20; Ps 26:1; Ps 35:24; Ps 43:1; Ps 58:11) Oh, let the evil of the wicked come to an end, and may you establish the righteous— you who test the minds and hearts,[3] O righteous God! (1Sa 16:7; 1Ch 28:9; Job 23:10; Ps 11:5; Ps 26:2; Ps 139:1; Jer 11:20; Jer 17:10; Jer 20:12; Re 2:23) 10 My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart. (2Ch 29:34; Ps 62:8) 11 God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day. (Job 8:3; Na 1:2; Na 1:6) 12 If a man[4] does not repent, God[5] will whet his sword; he has bent and readied his bow; (De 32:41; Ps 11:2; Ps 21:12; Ps 37:14) 13 he has prepared for him his deadly weapons, making his arrows fiery shafts. (Ps 18:14; Eph 6:16) 14 Behold, the wicked man conceives evil and is pregnant with mischief and gives birth to lies. (Job 15:35; Isa 33:11; Isa 59:4; Jas 1:15) 15 He makes a pit, digging it out, and falls into the hole that he has made. (Ps 9:15; Ps 57:6; Ps 119:85; Pr 26:27; Pr 28:10; Ec 10:8) 16 His mischief returns upon his own head, and on his own skull his violence descends. (Jud 9:24; 1Ki 2:32; Es 7:10; Es 9:25; Ps 94:23; Ps 141:10; Pr 5:22) 17 I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High. (Ps 9:2)