Psalm 7

                                     A shiggaion of David, which he sang to the Lord

                                                       concerning cush, a Benjamite.

1 O Lord my God, I take refuge in you;

save and deliver me from all who pursue

me,

2 or they will tear me like a lion

and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue

me.

3 O Lord my God, if I have done this

and there is guilt on my hands—-

4 if I have done evil to him who is at peace with 

me

or without cause have robbed my foe—

5 then let my enemy pursue and overtake me;

let him trample my life to the ground

and make me sleep in the dust.

6 Arise, O Lord, in your anger;

rise up against the rage of my enemies.

Awake, my God; decree justice.

7 Let the assembled peoples gather around you.

Rule over them from on high;

8 Let the Lord judge the peoples.

judge me, O Lord, according to my 

righteousness,

according to my integrity, O Most High.

9 O righteous God,

who searches minds and hearts,

bring to an end the violence of the wicked

and make the righteous secure.

10 My shield is God Most High,

who saves the upright in heart.

11 God is a righteous judge,

a god who expresses his wrath every day.

12 If he does not relent,

he will sharpen his sword;

he will bend and string his bow.

13 He has prepared his deadly weapons;

he makes ready his flaming arrows.

14 He who is pregnant with evil

and conceives trouble gives birth to disillusionment.

15 He who digs a hole and scoops it out

falls into the pit he has made.

16 The trouble he causes recoils on himself;

his violence comes down on his own head.

17 I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness

and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.

 

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