Psalms 7
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1  Shiggaion of David, which he sang to Hashem, concerning Cush, a Benjaminite.

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 לַיהֹוָה עַל־דִּבְרֵי־כוּשׁ בֶּן־יְמִינִי׃

7:1   Concerning Cush, a Binyaminite

Sometimes our enemies come from without, such as neighboring kingdoms or other nations. Other times, our enemies appear from within as our own brethren seek to harm us. The title of Psalm 7 refers to ‘Cush a Benjamite.’ According to some, this refers to Shaul king of Israel, David’s father in-law, who came from the tribe of Binyamin. David is no stranger to internal rivalry. He struggled with King Shaul who sought to destroy him, and was not able to live freely in the Land of Israel until Shaul‘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 cause harm or disrespect to the appointed leader of Israel.3 comments

2  Hashem, my God, in You I seek refuge; deliver me from all my pursuers and save me,

ב  יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהַי בְּךָ חָסִיתִי הוֹשִׁיעֵנִי מִכָּל־רֹדְפַי וְהַצִּילֵנִי׃

3  lest, like a lion, they tear me apart, rending in pieces, and no one save me.

ג  פֶּן־יִטְרֹף כְּאַרְיֵה נַפְשִׁי פֹּרֵק וְאֵין מַצִּיל׃

4  Hashem, my God, if I have done such things, if my hands bear the guilt of wrongdoing,

ד  יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהַי אִם־עָשִׂיתִי זֹאת אִם־יֶשׁ־עָוֶל בְּכַפָּי׃

5  if I have dealt evil to my ally— I who rescued my foe without reward—

ה  אִם־גָּמַלְתִּי שׁוֹלְמִי רָע וָאֲחַלְּצָה צוֹרְרִי רֵיקָם׃

6  then let the enemy pursue and overtake me; let him trample my life to the ground, and lay my body in the dust. Selah.

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

7  Rise, Hashem, in Your anger; assert Yourself against the fury of my foes; bestir Yourself on my behalf; You have ordained judgment.

ז  קוּמָה יְהֹוָה בְּאַפֶּךָ הִנָּשֵׂא בְּעַבְרוֹת צוֹרְרָי וְעוּרָה אֵלַי מִשְׁפָּט צִוִּיתָ׃

8  Let the assembly of peoples gather about You, with You enthroned above, on high.

ח  וַעֲדַת לְאֻמִּים תְּסוֹבְבֶךָּ וְעָלֶיהָ לַמָּרוֹם שׁוּבָה׃

9  Hashem judges the peoples; vindicate me, Hashem, for the righteousness and blamelessness that are mine.

ט  יְהֹוָה יָדִין עַמִּים שָׁפְטֵנִי יְהֹוָה כְּצִדְקִי וּכְתֻמִּי עָלָי׃

10  Let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous; he who probes the mind and conscience is Hashem the righteous.

י  יִגְמָר־נָא רַע רְשָׁעִים וּתְכוֹנֵן צַדִּיק וּבֹחֵן לִבּוֹת וּכְלָיוֹת אֱלֹהִים צַדִּיק׃

11  I look to Hashem to shield me; the deliverer of the upright.

יא  מָגִנִּי עַל־אֱלֹהִים מוֹשִׁיעַ יִשְׁרֵי־לֵב׃

12  Hashem vindicates the righteous; Hashem pronounces doom each day.

יב  אֱלֹהִים שׁוֹפֵט צַדִּיק וְאֵל זֹעֵם בְּכָל־יוֹם׃

13  If one does not turn back, but whets his sword, bends his bow and aims it,

יג  אִם־לֹא יָשׁוּב חַרְבּוֹ יִלְטוֹשׁ קַשְׁתּוֹ דָרַךְ וַיְכוֹנְנֶהָ׃

14  then against himself he readies deadly weapons, and makes his arrows sharp.

יד  וְלוֹ הֵכִין כְּלֵי־מָוֶת חִצָּיו לְדֹלְקִים יִפְעָל׃

15  See, he hatches evil, conceives mischief, and gives birth to fraud.

טו  הִנֵּה יְחַבֶּל־אָוֶן וְהָרָה עָמָל וְיָלַד שָׁקֶר׃

16  He has dug a pit and deepened it, and will fall into the trap he made.

טז  בּוֹר כָּרָה וַיַּחְפְּרֵהוּ וַיִּפֹּל בְּשַׁחַת יִפְעָל׃

17  His mischief will recoil upon his own head; his lawlessness will come down upon his skull.

יז  יָשׁוּב עֲמָלוֹ בְרֹאשׁוֹ וְעַל קָדְקֳדוֹ חֲמָסוֹ יֵרֵד׃

18  I will praise Hashem for His righteousness, and sing a hymn to the name of Hashem Most High.

יח  אוֹדֶה יְהֹוָה כְּצִדְקוֹ וַאֲזַמְּרָה שֵׁם־יְהֹוָה עֶלְיוֹן׃

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