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Psalm 7

In You Do I Take Refuge

A Shiggaion1 of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning the words of Cush, a Benjaminite.

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

save me from all my pursuers and deliver me,

2lest like a lion they tear my soul apart,

rending it in pieces, with none to deliver.

3O Lord my God, if I have done this,

if there is wrong in my hands,

4if I have repaid my friend2 with evil

or plundered my enemy without cause,

5let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it,

and let him trample my life to the ground

and lay my glory in the dust. Selah

6Arise, O Lord, in your anger;

lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies;

awake for me; you have appointed a judgment.

7Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered about you;

over it return on high.

8The Lord judges the peoples;

judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness

and according to the integrity that is in me.

9Oh, 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!

10My shield is with God,

who saves the upright in heart.

11God is a righteous judge,

and a God who feels indignation every day.

12If a man4 does not repent, God5 will whet his sword;

he has bent and readied his bow;

13he has prepared for him his deadly weapons,

making his arrows fiery shafts.

14Behold, the wicked man conceives evil

and is pregnant with mischief

and gives birth to lies.

15He makes a pit, digging it out,

and falls into the hole that he has made.

16His mischief returns upon his own head,

and on his own skull his violence descends.

17I 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.

Footnotes

  • 1 7:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  • 2 7:4 Hebrew the one at peace with me
  • 3 7:9 Hebrew the hearts and kidneys
  • 4 7:12 Hebrew he
  • 5 7:12 Hebrew he

Psalm 8

How Majestic Is Your Name

To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith.1 A Psalm of David.

1O Lord, our Lord,

how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.

2Out of the mouth of babies and infants,

you have established strength because of your foes,

to still the enemy and the avenger.

3When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,

the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,

4what is man that you are mindful of him,

and the son of man that you care for him?

5Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings2

and crowned him with glory and honor.

6You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;

you have put all things under his feet,

7all sheep and oxen,

and also the beasts of the field,

8the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,

whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

9O Lord, our Lord,

how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Footnotes

  • 1 8:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  • 2 8:5 Or than God; Septuagint than the angels