Psalm 7-8



Psalm 7

1: O Lord my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me.  2: or they will tear me like a lion and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me.  3: O Lord my God, if I have done this and there is guilt on my hands-- 4: If I have done evil to him who is at peace with me or without cause have robbed my foe--  5: then let my enemy pursue and overtake me; let him trample my life to the ground and make me sleep in the dust.  6: Arise, O Lord, in your anger; rise up against the rage of my enemies.  Awake, my God; decree justice.  7: Let the assembled peoples gather around you.   Rule over them from on high;  8: let the Lord judge the peoples.  Judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, according to my integrity, O Most High.  9: O righteous God, who searches minds and hearts, bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure.  10: My shield is God Most High.  Who saves the upright in heart.  11:  God is a righteous judge a God who expresses his wrath every day.  12: If he does not relent he will sharpen his sword; he will bend and string his bow.   13: He has prepared his deadly weapons: he makes ready his flaming arrows.  
14:  He who is pregnant with evil and conceives trouble gives birth to disillusionment.  15: He who digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit he has made.  16:  The trouble he causes recoils on himself; his violence comes down on his own head.  17:  I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.


Psalm 8

1: O Lord, our Lord how majestic is your name in all the earth!  You have set your glory above the heavens.  2: From the lips of children and infants you have ordained  praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. 3: When I consider your heavens,  the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,  4:  what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him  5: You made him a little lower that the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.  6:  You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet;  7: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field,  8: the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swims the paths of the seas.  9: O Lord, our Lord how majestic is your name in all the earth!