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Psalm 7

Domine, Deus meus

O Lord my God, in thee have I put my trust; save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me, lest he devour my soul like a lion, and tear it in pieces, while there is none to help.

O Lord my God, if I have done any such thing, or if there be any wickedness in my hands, if I have rewarded evil unto him that dealt friendly with me (yea, I have delivered him that without any cause is mine enemy), then let mine enemy persecute my soul, and take me; yea, let him tread my life down upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust.

Stand up, O Lord, in thy wrath, and lift up thyself, because of the indignation of mine enemies; arise up for me in the judgement that thou hast commanded. And so shall the congregation of the people come about thee; for their sakes therefore lift up thyself again. The Lord shall judge the people; give sentence with me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, and according to the innocency that is in me. O let the wickedness of the ungodly come to an end; but guide thou the just. For the righteous God trieth the very hearts and reins.

My help cometh of God, who preserveth them that are true of heart. God is a righteous Judge, strong, and patient; and God is provoked every day. If a man will not turn, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready. He hath prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors. Behold, he travaileth with iniquity; he hath conceived sorrow, and brought forth ungodliness. He hath graven and dug up a pit, and is fallen himself into the destruction that he made for others. For his travail shall come upon his own head, and his wickedness shall fall on his own pate.

I will give thanks unto the Lord, according to his righteousness; and I will praise the Name of the Lord Most High.

The coverdale translation edited by W.S. Peterson and Valerie Macys — used with permission.