December 09, 2002 Copyright © by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- 1 A plaintive song of David, which he sang to the LORD concerning Cush, the Benjaminite.
- LORD my God, in you I take refuge; rescue me; save me from all who pursue me,
- Lest they maul me like lions, tear me to pieces with none to save.
- 2 LORD my God, if I am at fault in this, if there is guilt on my hands,
- If I have repaid my friend with evil-- I spared even those who hated me without cause--
- Then let my enemy pursue and overtake me, trample my life to the ground, and leave me dishonored in the dust.Selah
- Rise up, LORD, in your anger; rise against the fury of my foes. Wake to judge as you have decreed.
- Have the assembly of the peoples gather about you; sit on your throne high above them,
- O LORD, judge of the nations. Grant me justice, LORD, for I am blameless, free of any guilt.
- Bring the malice of the wicked to an end; uphold the innocent, O God of justice, who tries hearts and minds.
- A shield before me is God who saves the honest heart.
- God is a just judge, who rebukes in anger every day.
- If sinners do not repent, God sharpens his sword, strings and readies the bow,
- Prepares his deadly shafts, makes arrows blazing thunderbolts.
- Sinners conceive iniquity; pregnant with mischief, they give birth to failure.
- They open a hole and dig it deep, but fall into the pit they have dug.
- Their mischief comes back upon themselves; their violence falls on their own heads.
- I praise the justice of the LORD; I celebrate the name of the LORD Most High.
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1 [Psalm 7] An individual lament. The psalmist flees to God's presence in the sanctuary for justice and protection (Psalm 7:2-3) and takes an oath that only the innocent can swear (Psalm 7:4-6). The innocent psalmist can thus hope for the just God's protection (Psalm 7:7-14) and be confident that the actions of the wicked will come back upon their own heads (Psalm 7:15-17). The justice of God leads the psalmist to praise (Psalm 7:17).
2  At fault in this: in the accusation the enemies have made against the psalmist.
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