Psalms 7
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1  Shiggaion of David, which he sang unto Hashem, concerning Cush a Benjamite.

shi-ga-YON l’-da-VID a-SHER shar la-do-NAI al div-RAY khush ben y’-mee-NEE

א  שִׁגָּיוֹן לְדָוִד אֲשֶׁר שָׁר לַיהוָה עַל דִּבְרֵי כוּשׁ בֶּן יְמִינִי.

7:1   Concerning Cush a Benjamite

Sometimes our enemies are from without, such as neighboring kingdoms or other nations that erroneously feel threatened. Other times, our enemies are from within; our own brethren seeking to harm us. The title of Psalm 7 refers to ‘Cush a Benjamite.’ According to some, this refers to Saul king of Israel, David’s father in-law, who came from the tribe of Benjamin. David is no stranger to internal rivalry. He struggled with King Saul who sought to destroy him until Saul’s death. This psalm reminds us of the extreme measures David took to protect himself from harm, while at the same time being careful not harm or disrespect the appointed leader of Israel.

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2  O Hashem my God, in Thee have I taken refuge; save me from all them that pursue me, and deliver me;

ב  יְהוָה אֱלֹהַי בְּךָ חָסִיתִי הוֹשִׁיעֵנִי מִכָּל רֹדְפַי וְהַצִּילֵנִי.

3  Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.

ג  פֶּן יִטְרֹף כְּאַרְיֵה נַפְשִׁי פֹּרֵק וְאֵין מַצִּיל.

4  O Hashem my God, if I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands;

ד  יְהוָה אֱלֹהַי אִם עָשִׂיתִי זֹאת אִם יֶשׁ עָוֶל בְּכַפָּי.

5  If I have requited him that did evil unto me, or spoiled mine adversary unto emptiness;

ה  אִם גָּמַלְתִּי שׁוֹלְמִי רָע וָאֲחַלְּצָה צוֹרְרִי רֵיקָם.

6  Let the enemy pursue my soul, and overtake it, and tread my life down to the earth; yea, let him lay my glory in the dust. Selah

ו  יִרַדֹּף אוֹיֵב נַפְשִׁי וְיַשֵּׂג וְיִרְמֹס לָאָרֶץ חַיָּי וּכְבוֹדִי לֶעָפָר יַשְׁכֵּן סֶלָה.

7  Arise, O Hashem, in Thine anger, lift up Thyself in indignation against mine adversaries; yea, awake for me at the judgment which Thou hast commanded.

ז  קוּמָה יְהוָה בְּאַפֶּךָ הִנָּשֵׂא בְּעַבְרוֹת צוֹרְרָי וְעוּרָה אֵלַי מִשְׁפָּט צִוִּיתָ.

8  And let the congregation of the peoples compass Thee about, and over them return Thou on high.

ח  וַעֲדַת לְאֻמִּים תְּסוֹבְבֶךָּ וְעָלֶיהָ לַמָּרוֹם שׁוּבָה.

9  O Hashem, who ministerest judgment to the peoples, judge me, O Hashem, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.

ט  יְהוָה יָדִין עַמִּים שָׁפְטֵנִי יְהוָה כְּצִדְקִי וּכְתֻמִּי עָלָי.

10  Oh that a full measure of evil might come upon the wicked, and that Thou wouldest establish the righteous; for the righteous God trieth the heart and reins.

י  יִגְמָר נָא רַע רְשָׁעִים וּתְכוֹנֵן צַדִּיק וּבֹחֵן לִבּוֹת וּכְלָיוֹת אֱלֹהִים צַדִּיק.

11  My shield is with God, who saveth the upright in heart.

יא  מָגִנִּי עַל אֱלֹהִים מוֹשִׁיעַ יִשְׁרֵי לֵב.

12  God is a righteous judge, yea, a God that hath indignation every day:

יב  אֱלֹהִים שׁוֹפֵט צַדִּיק וְאֵל זֹעֵם בְּכָל יוֹם.

13  If a man turn not, He will whet His sword, He hath bent His bow, and made it ready;

יג  אִם לֹא יָשׁוּב חַרְבּוֹ יִלְטוֹשׁ קַשְׁתּוֹ דָרַךְ וַיְכוֹנְנֶהָ.

14  He hath also prepared for him the weapons of death, yea, His arrows which He made sharp.

יד  וְלוֹ הֵכִין כְּלֵי מָוֶת חִצָּיו לְדֹלְקִים יִפְעָל.

15  Behold, he travaileth with iniquity; yea, he conceiveth mischief, and bringeth forth falsehood.

טו  הִנֵּה יְחַבֶּל אָוֶן וְהָרָה עָמָל וְיָלַד שָׁקֶר.

16  He hath digged a pit, and hollowed it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.

טז  בּוֹר כָּרָה וַיַּחְפְּרֵהוּ וַיִּפֹּל בְּשַׁחַת יִפְעָל.

17  His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violence shall come down upon his own pate.

יז  יָשׁוּב עֲמָלוֹ בְרֹאשׁוֹ וְעַל קָדְקֳדוֹ חֲמָסוֹ יֵרֵד.

18  I will give thanks unto Hashem according to His righteousness; and will sing praise to the name of Hashem Most High.

יח  אוֹדֶה יְהוָה כְּצִדְקוֹ וַאֲזַמְּרָה שֵׁם יְהוָה עֶלְיוֹן.

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