Psalm 7

1 O Lord my God, to you have I come for shelter:
    save me from all who pursue me, O save and deliver me,
2 Lest like lions they tear my throat:
    lest they carry me off and none can save me.
3 O Lord my God, if I have done such a thing:
    if there is any wickedness on my hands,
4 If I have repaid with evil one that was my friend:
    or plundered my enemy without just cause,
5 Then let the enemy pursue me and overtake me:
    let them trample my life to the ground, and lay my honour in the dust.
6 Arise, O Lord, in your anger:
    rise up in wrath against my adversaries.
7 Awake, my God, you that ordain justice:
    and let the assembly of the peoples gather about you;
8 Take your seat high above them:
    and sit in judgement, O Lord, over the nations.
9 Judge for me, O Lord, according to my righteousness:
    and as my integrity requires.
10 Let the wickedness of the ungodly cease, but establish the righteous:
    for you try our very hearts and minds, O righteous God.
11 God is my shield over me:
    he preserves the true of heart.
12 God vindicates the righteous:
    but God condemns evil every day.
13 If an evildoer will not turn, he whets his sword:
    he strings the bow and makes it ready;
14 He prepares the instruments of death:
    and makes his arrows darts of fire.
15 See how the ungodly conceive mischief:
    how they swell with wickedness and give birth to lies.
16 They dig a pit and hollow it out:
    but fall themselves into the trap they had made for others.
17 Their mischief rebounds upon their own head:
    and their violence comes down on their own pate.
18 I will thank the Lord for his justice:
    I will sing praises to the Lord Most High.