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The LORD Implored to Defend the Psalmist against the Wicked.

A Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the LORD concerning Cush, a Benjamite.

  1 O LORD my God, ain You I have taken refuge;
  Save me from all those who pursue me, and bdeliver me,
  2 Or he will tear Imy soul alike a lion,
  IIDragging me away, while there is none to deliver.

[1] I.e. Dithyrambic rhythm; or wild passionate song Or concerning the words of aPs 31:1; 71:1 bPs 31:15
[2] IOr me IIOr Rending it in pieces, while aPs 57:4; Is 38:13

  3 ¶ O LORD my God, if I have done this,
  If there is ainjustice in my hands,
  4 If I have arewarded evil to Imy friend,
  Or have bplundered IIhim who without cause was my adversary,
  5 Let the enemy pursue Imy soul and overtake II[it];
  And let him trample my life down to the ground
  And lay my glory in the dust.
      IIISelah.

[3] a1S 24:11
[4] ILit him who was at peace with me IIOr my adversary without cause aPs 109:4, 5 b1S 24:7; 26:9
[5] IOr me IIOr me IIISelah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude

  6aArise, O LORD, in Your anger;
  bLift up Yourself against cthe rage of my adversaries,
  And darouse Yourself Ifor me; You have appointed judgment.
  7 Let the assembly of the apeoples encompass You,
  And over Ithem return on high.
  8 The LORD ajudges the peoples;
  IbVindicate me, O LORD, according to my righteousness and my integrity that is in me.
  9 O let athe evil of the wicked come to an end, but bestablish the righteous;
  For the righteous God ctries the hearts and Iminds.
  10 My ashield is Iwith God,
  Who bsaves the upright in heart.
  11 God is a arighteous judge,
  And a God who has bindignation every day.

[6] IOne ancient version reads O my God aPs 3:7 bPs 94:2 cPs 138:7 dPs 35:23; 44:23
[7] ILit it aPs 22:27
[8] ILit Judge aPs 96:13; 98:9 bPs 18:20; 26:1; 35:24; 43:1
[9] ILit kidneys, figurative for inner man aPs 34:21; 94:23 bPs 37:23; 40:2 cPs 11:4, 5; Jr 11:20; Rv 2:23
[10] ILit upon aPs 18:2, 30 bPs 97:10, 11; 125:4
[11] aPs 50:6 bPs 90:9

  12 ¶ If Ia man adoes not repent, He will bsharpen His sword;
  He has cbent His bow and IImade it ready.
  13 He has also prepared Ifor Himself deadly weapons;
  He makes His aarrows fiery shafts.
  14 Behold, he travails with wickedness,
  And he aconceives mischief and brings forth falsehood.
  15 He has dug a pit and hollowed it out,
  And has afallen into the hole which he made.
  16 His amischief will return upon his own head,
  And his bviolence will descend upon Ihis own pate.

[12] ILit he IILit fixed it aPs 58:5 bDt 32:41 cPs 64:7
[13] IOr His deadly weapons aPs 18:14; 45:5
[14] aJb 15:35; Is 59:4; Jm 1:15
[15] aJb 4:8; Ps 57:6
[16] II.e. the crown of his own head aEs 9:25; Ps 140:9 bPs 140:11

  17 ¶ I will give thanks to the LORD aaccording to His righteousness
  And will bsing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.

[17] aPs 71:15, 16 bPs 9:2; 66:1, 2, 4


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David prayeth against the malice of his enemies, professing his innocency.

1 ¶ [[Shiggaion of David, which he sang unto the LORD, concerning the words of Cush the Benjamite.]] O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me: 2 Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending [it] in pieces, while [there is] none to deliver. 3 O LORD my God, if I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands; 4 If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy:) 5 Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take [it]; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust. Selah. 6 Arise, O LORD, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me [to] the judgment [that] thou hast commanded. 7 So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high. 8 The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity [that is] in me. 9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.

[1] Jsh 14:8; 2S 16:1; Ps 3:7; 11:1; 13:3, 5; 17:7; 18:2, 28; 25:2; 26:1; 30:2, 12; 31:1, 15; 32:10; 35:1; 43:4; 89:26; 146:3; Is 50:10; Jr 15:15; 20:11; 31:18; Dn 9:4, 19; Zc 14:5; 1P 1:21; 4:19.
[2] Dt 33:20; Jg 18:28; 2S 14:6; Jb 10:7; Ps 10:9; 17:12; 22:13; 35:15; 50:22; Pv 19:12; Is 38:13; Ho 13:7; 2Ti 4:17; 1P 5:8.
[3] Jsh 22:22; 1S 20:8; 22:8, 13; 24:9, 11; 26:18; 2S 16:7; Jb 11:14; 16:17; Ps 59:3; 66:18.
[4] Gn 44:4; 1S 19:4; 20:1; 22:14; 24:7, 10, 11, 17; 25:28; 26:9, 21, 24; Ps 55:20; 109:5; Pv 17:3; Jr 18:20.
[5] Jb 16:15; 31:5, 38; 40:12, 13; Ps 3:2; 44:5; 49:12; 60:12; Is 10:6; 63:3; Jr 17:13; Hab 3:13; Zc 10:5; Mal 4:3.
[6] 2S 17:14; Ps 3:7; 12:5; 35:1, 23; 44:23, 26; 59:5; 68:1; 73:20; 74:3; 76:8; 78:65; 94:1; 103:6; Is 3:13; 33:10; 37:20; 51:9.
[7] Ps 48:11; 58:10; 93:4; 113:5; 138:6; Is 57:15; Rv 11:17; 16:5; 18:20; 19:2.
[8] Gn 18:25; 31:53; 2Ch 20:12; Ps 9:8; 11:4; 17:2; 18:20; 25:21; 26:1, 11; 35:24; 41:12; 43:1; 78:72; 82:1; 96:13; 98:9; Pv 19:1; Ac 17:31; Ro 14:10; 1Co 4:4; 2Co 1:12; 1Th 2:10.
[9] 1S 2:9; 16:7; 1Ch 28:9; Ps 9:5; 10:15, 18; 17:3; 37:23; 40:2; 44:21; 58:6; 74:10, 22; 139:1; Is 37:36; Jr 11:20; 17:10; 20:12; Dn 11:45; Ac 12:23; Ro 16:25; 1Th 3:13; 1P 5:10; Jde 1:1; Rv 2:23.

By faith he seeth his defence, and the destruction of his enemies.

10 My defence [is] of God, which saveth the upright in heart. 11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry [with the wicked] every day. 12 If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready. 13 He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors. 14 Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood. 15 He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch [which] he made. 16 His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate. 17 I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.

[10] Gn 15:1; Jb 8:6; Ps 3:3; 18:1; 84:11; 89:18; 112:2; 125:4; Pv 2:21; 11:20; 28:18.
[11] Ps 7:8; 94:15; 140:12.
[12] Dt 32:41; Ps 85:4; Is 27:1; 34:5; 55:6; Jr 31:18; Ezk 18:30; 21:9, 23; 33:11; Mt 3:10; Ac 3:19.
[13] Dt 32:23, 42; Jb 6:4; Ps 11:2; 45:5; 64:3, 7; 144:6; Lm 3:12; Hab 3:11, 13; 2Th 1:6; Rv 6:10; 16:6.
[14] Jb 15:20, 35; Is 33:11; 59:4; Jm 1:15.
[15] Es 7:10; Jb 4:8; 6:27; Ps 9:15; 10:2; 35:7, 8; 94:13; 119:85; 140:9; 141:10; Pv 5:22; 26:27; Ec 10:8; Jr 18:20.
[16] 1S 23:9; 24:12; 26:10; 28:19; 31:3; 1K 2:32; Es 9:25; Ps 36:4, 12; 37:12; Mal 2:3.
[17] Ps 9:2; 35:28; 51:14; 71:15; 92:1, 8; 98:2; 111:3; 145:7; Dn 4:17, 25, 34; Ac 7:48.


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