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7:1 O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:
7:2 Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.
7:3 O LORD my God, If I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands;
7:4 If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy:)
7:5 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.
7:6 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.
7:7 So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high.
7:8 The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.
7:9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.
7:10 My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.
7:11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.
7:12 If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.
7:13 He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.
7:14 Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.
7:15 He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.
7:16 His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.
7:17 I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.



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Everything King James Bible:Psalms
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Psalms
Book: Psalms
Chapter: 7

Overview:
The psalmist prays to God to plead his cause, and Judge for
him. (1-9) He expresses confidence in God, and will give him the
Glory of his deliverance. (10-17)

1-9 David flees to God for succour. But Christ alone could Call
On Heaven to attest his uprightness in all things. All His Works
were wrought in Righteousness; and the Prince of this world
found nothing whereof justly to accuse him. Yet for our sakes,
submitting to be charged as guilty, he suffered all evils, but,
being innocent, he triumphed over them all. The plea is, "For
the righteous God trieth the hearts and the Reins." He knows the
secret wickedness of the wicked, and how to bring it to an End;
he is Witness to the secret sincerity of the just, and has ways
of establishing it. When a Man has made peace with God about all
his sins, upon the terms of Grace and Mercy, through the
Sacrifice of the Mediator, he may, in comparison with his
enemies, Appeal to God's Justice to decide.

10-17 David is confident that he shall find God his powerful
Saviour. The Destruction of sinners may be prevented By their
Conversion; for it is threatened, If he turn not from his evil
way, let him expect it will be his ruin. But amidst the
threatenings of wrath, we have a gracious offer of Mercy. God
gives sinners warning of their danger, and space to repent, and
prevent it. He is slow to punish, and long-suffering to us-Ward,
not willing that any should perish. The sinner is described,
ver. 14-16, as taking more pains to ruin his soul than, if
directed aright, would save it. This is true, in a sense, of all
sinners. Let us look to the Saviour under all our trials.
Blessed Lord, give us Grace to look to thee in the path of
Tribulation, going before thy Church and people, and marking the
way By thine own spotless Example. Under all the persecutions
which in our lesser trials Mark our way, let the looking to
Jesus animate our minds and comfort our hearts.

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