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Psalms 7:1-2

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Psalm 7 1 

A musical composition 2  by David, which he sang to the Lord concerning 3  a Benjaminite named Cush. 4 

7:1 O Lord my God, in you I have taken shelter. 5 

Deliver me from all who chase me! Rescue me!

7:2 Otherwise they will rip 6  me 7  to shreds like a lion;

they will tear me to bits and no one will be able to rescue me. 8 

1 sn Psalm 7. The psalmist asks the Lord to intervene and deliver him from his enemies. He protests his innocence and declares his confidence in God’s justice.

2 tn The precise meaning of the Hebrew term שִׁגָּיוֹן (shiggayon; translated here “musical composition”) is uncertain. Some derive the noun from the verbal root שָׁגָה (shagah, “swerve, reel”) and understand it as referring to a “wild, passionate song, with rapid changes of rhythm” (see BDB 993 s.v. שִׁגָּיוֹן). But this proposal is purely speculative. The only other appearance of the noun is in Hab 3:1, where it occurs in the plural.

3 tn Or “on account of.”

4 sn Apparently this individual named Cush was one of David’s enemies.

5 tn The Hebrew perfect verbal form probably refers here to a completed action with continuing results.

6 tn The verb is singular in the Hebrew text, even though “all who chase me” in v. 1 refers to a whole group of enemies. The singular is also used in vv. 4-5, but the psalmist returns to the plural in v. 6. The singular is probably collective, emphasizing the united front that the psalmist’s enemies present. This same alternation between a collective singular and a plural referring to enemies appears in Pss 9:3, 6; 13:4; 31:4, 8; 41:6, 10-11; 42:9-10; 55:3; 64:1-2; 74:3-4; 89:22-23; 106:10-11; 143:3, 6, 9.

7 tn Heb “my life.” The pronominal suffix attached to נֶפֶשׁ (nefesh) is equivalent to a personal pronoun. See Ps 6:3.

8 tn Heb “tearing and there is no one rescuing.” The verbal form translated “tearing” is a singular active participle.



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