Accessibility setting

Search

Select language

Skip to secondary menu

Skip to table of contents

Skip to content

Jehovah’s Witnesses

English

Online Bible

NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Psalms 7:1-17

A dirge* of David that he sang to Jehovah concerning the words of Cush the Ben′ja·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. Se′lah.   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.+

Footnotes

“A dirge.” Heb., shig·ga·yohn′. The meaning is uncertain but may denote a highly emotional song with rapid changes of rhythm. If derived from the verb sha·ʼagh′, shig·ga·yohn′ 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·shi′; Gr., psy·khen′; Lat., a′ni·mam. See App 4A.
“For me,” M; LXXVg, “O Jehovah my God.”
“National groups.” Heb., leʼum·mim′. Possibly this should read ʼelo·him′, making the phrase read, “let the very assembly of gods.” Compare 82:1.
“God as righteous.” Heb., ʼElo·him′ tsad·diq′. The title ʼElo·him′ is pl., and the adjective tsad·diq′ is sing.
Or, “and the deepest emotions.” Heb., khela·yohth′.
“God.” Heb., ʼElo·him′, followed by a sing. adjective. See vs 9 ftn, “Righteous.”
“And God.” Heb., weʼEl′.
Or, “God is denouncing.” LXXVg, “he is not getting angry.”
Lit., “tread,” often by firmly planting the foot against the middle of the bow.