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Jehovah’s Witnesses



Psalm 7:1-17

A dirge* of David that he sang to Jehovah concerning the words of Cush the Benʹja·min·ite.* 7  O Jehovah my God,+ in you I have taken refuge.+ Save me from all those persecuting me and deliver me,+   That no one may tear my soul* to pieces as a lion does,+ Snatching [me] away when there is no deliverer.+   O Jehovah my God, if I have done this,+ If there exists any injustice in my hands,+   If I have repaid the one rewarding me with what is bad,+ Or [if] I have despoiled anyone showing hostility to me without success,+   Let an enemy pursue my soul+ And let him overtake and trample my life down to the very earth And cause my own glory to reside in the dust itself. Seʹlah.   Do arise, O Jehovah, in your anger;+ Lift yourself up at the outbursts of fury of those showing hostility to me,+ And do awake for me,*+ [since] you have given command for judgment itself.+   And let the very assembly of national groups* surround you, And against it do you return on high.   Jehovah himself will pass sentence on the peoples.+ Judge me, O Jehovah, according to my righteousness+ And according to my integrity+ in me.   Please, may the badness of wicked ones come to an end,+ And may you establish the righteous one;+ And God as righteous*+ is testing out heart+ and kidneys.*+ 10  The shield for me is upon God,+ a Savior of those upright in heart.+ 11  God* is a righteous Judge,+ And God* is hurling denunciations* every day. 12  If anyone will not return,+ His sword he will sharpen,+ His bow he will certainly bend,* and he will make it ready [for shooting].+ 13  And for himself he must prepare the instruments of death;+ His arrows he will make flaming ones.+ 14  Look! There is one that is pregnant with what is hurtful,+ And he has conceived trouble and is bound to give birth to falsehood.+ 15  A pit he has excavated, and he proceeded to dig it;+ But he will fall into the hole [that] he went making.+ 16  His trouble will return upon his own head,+ And upon the crown of his head his own violence will descend.+ 17  I shall laud Jehovah according to his righteousness,+ And I will make melody to the name+ of Jehovah the Most High.+


“A dirge.” Heb., shig·ga·yohnʹ. The meaning is uncertain but may denote a highly emotional song with rapid changes of rhythm. If derived from the verb sha·ʼaghʹ, shig·ga·yohnʹ may mean a roaring cry from joy or danger. In Hab 3:1 it is pl. LXXVg, “A psalm.”
Lit., “Cush the son of Jemini.”
“My soul.” Heb., naph·shiʹ; Gr., psy·khenʹ; Lat., aʹni·mam. See App 4A.
“For me,” M; LXXVg, “O Jehovah my God.”
“National groups.” Heb., leʼum·mimʹ. Possibly this should read ʼelo·himʹ, making the phrase read, “let the very assembly of gods.” Compare 82:1.
“God as righteous.” Heb., ʼElo·himʹ tsad·diqʹ. The title ʼElo·himʹ is pl., and the adjective tsad·diqʹ is sing.
Or, “and the deepest emotions.” Heb., khela·yohthʹ.
“God.” Heb., ʼElo·himʹ, followed by a sing. adjective. See vs 9 ftn, “Righteous.”
“And God.” Heb., weʼElʹ.
Or, “God is denouncing.” LXXVg, “he is not getting angry.”
Lit., “tread,” often by firmly planting the foot against the middle of the bow.