Psalm 7 New International Version

A Prayer for Vindication

7 1  [1][2]Lord my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me, 2  or they will tear me apart like a lion and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me. 3  Lord my God, if I have done this and there is guilt on my hands- 4  if I have repaid my ally with evil 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.[3] 6  Arise, 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, while you sit enthroned over them on high. 8  Let the Lord judge the peoples. Vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness, according to my integrity, O Most High. 9  Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure- you, the righteous God who probes minds and hearts.

10  My shield[4] is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart. 11  God is a righteous judge, a God who displays his wrath every day. 12  If he does not relent, he[5] 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  Whoever is pregnant with evil conceives trouble and gives birth to disillusionment. 15  Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit they have made. 16  The trouble they cause recoils on them; their violence comes down on their own heads. 17  I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.


[1] 7:1 In Hebrew texts 7:1-17 is numbered 7:2-18.

[2] 7:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term

[3] 7:5 The Hebrew has "Selah" (a word of uncertain meaning) here.

[4] 7:10 Or "sovereign"

[5] 7:12 Or "If anyone does not repent," / "God"

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