Psalm 7
Prayer for Justice
A Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning the words of Cush, a Benjaminite.
1 Lord my God, I seek refuge in you;7:1 Ps 11:1; 31:1; 71:1
save me from all my pursuers and rescue me,7:1 Ps 31:15
2or they7:2 Lit he will tear me like a lion,
ripping me apart with no one to rescue me.7:2 Ps 57:4; Is 5:29

3 Lord my God, if I have done this,
if there is injustice on my hands,7:3 1Sm 24:11
4if I have done harm to one at peace with me7:4 Ps 55:20
or have plundered7:4 Or me and have spared my adversary without cause,7:4 1Sm 24:11; 26:18
5may an enemy pursue and overtake me;
may he trample me to the ground7:5 Am 2:7
and leave my honor in the dust.7:3–5 Jb 31:5–40Selah

6Rise up, Lord, in your anger;
lift yourself up against the fury of my adversaries;7:6 Ps 3:7; 17:13
awake for me;7:6 LXX reads awake, Lord my God7:6 Ps 59:4
you have ordained a judgment.7:6 Jr 15:3
7Let the assembly of peoples gather around you;7:7 Ps 22:27
take your seat on high over it.7:7 Ps 68:18
8The Lord judges the peoples;7:8 Ps 96:13; 98:9
vindicate me, Lord,
according to my righteousness and my integrity.7:8 Ps 26:1; 35:24; 43:1

9Let the evil of the wicked come to an end,7:9 Ps 94:23
but establish the righteous.7:9 Is 9:7
The one who examines the thoughts and emotions7:9 Lit examines hearts and kidneys
is a righteous God.7:9 Heb 4:12
10My shield is with God,7:10 2Sm 22:3; Ps 18:2; 144:2
who saves the upright in heart.7:10 Ps 36:10
11God is a righteous judge
and a God who shows his wrath every day.7:11 Ps 9:4; Is 11:4

12If anyone does not repent,
he will sharpen his sword;7:12 Nm 22:23; Dt 32:41
he has strung his bow and made it ready.7:12 Ps 37:14
13He has prepared his deadly weapons;
he tips his arrows with fire.7:13 Ps 18:14; 45:5; 64:7; 144:6

14See, the wicked one is pregnant with evil,
conceives trouble, and gives birth to deceit.7:14 Jb 15:35; Is 59:4; Jms 1:15
15He dug a pit and hollowed it out
but fell into the hole he had made.7:15 Ps 9:15; 57:6; Pr 26:27; 28:10
16His trouble comes back on his own head;
his own violence comes down on top of his head.7:16 1Sm 25:39; 1Kg 2:33; Est 9:25

17I will thank the Lord for his righteousness;
I will sing about the name of the Lord Most High.7:17 Ps 9:2; 71:15–16