Psalm 7:3
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New International Version
LORD my God, if I have done this and there is guilt on my hands--

New Living Translation
O LORD my God, if I have done wrong or am guilty of injustice,

English Standard Version
O LORD my God, if I have done this, if there is wrong in my hands,

New American Standard Bible
O LORD my God, if I have done this, If there is injustice in my hands,

King James Bible
O LORD my God, if I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Yahweh my God, if I have done this, if there is injustice on my hands,

International Standard Version
LORD, my God, if I have done this thing, if there is injustice on my hands,

NET Bible
O LORD my God, if I have done what they say, or am guilty of unjust actions,

New Heart English Bible
LORD, my God, if I have done this, if there is iniquity in my hands,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lord Jehovah, my God, if I have done this and if there is evil in my hands,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
O LORD my God, if I have done this- if my hands are stained with injustice,

JPS Tanakh 1917
O LORD my God, if I have done this; If there be iniquity in my hands;

New American Standard 1977
O LORD my God, if I have done this,
            If there is injustice in my hands,

Jubilee Bible 2000
O LORD my God, if I have done this: if there is iniquity in my hands,

King James 2000 Bible
O LORD my God, if I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands;

American King James Version
O LORD my God, If I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands;

American Standard Version
O Jehovah my God, if I have done this; If there be iniquity in my hands;

Douay-Rheims Bible
O Lord my God, if I have done this thing, if there be iniquity in my hands:

Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah my God, if I have done this, if there be iniquity in my hands;

English Revised Version
O LORD my God, if I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands;

Webster's Bible Translation
O LORD my God, if I have done this; if there is iniquity in my hands;

World English Bible
Yahweh, my God, if I have done this, if there is iniquity in my hands,

Young's Literal Translation
O Jehovah, my God, if I have done this, If there is iniquity in my hands,
Study Bible
I Take Refuge in You
2Or he will tear my soul like a lion, Dragging me away, while there is none to deliver. 3O LORD my God, if I have done this, If there is injustice in my hands, 4If I have rewarded evil to my friend, Or have plundered him who without cause was my adversary,…
Cross References
1 Samuel 24:10
"Behold, this day your eyes have seen that the LORD had given you today into my hand in the cave, and some said to kill you, but my eye had pity on you; and I said, 'I will not stretch out my hand against my lord, for he is the LORD'S anointed.'

1 Samuel 24:11
"Now, my father, see! Indeed, see the edge of your robe in my hand! For in that I cut off the edge of your robe and did not kill you, know and perceive that there is no evil or rebellion in my hands, and I have not sinned against you, though you are lying in wait for my life to take it.

1 Samuel 25:28
"Please forgive the transgression of your maidservant; for the LORD will certainly make for my lord an enduring house, because my lord is fighting the battles of the LORD, and evil will not be found in you all your days.

Psalm 59:3
For behold, they have set an ambush for my life; Fierce men launch an attack against me, Not for my transgression nor for my sin, O LORD,
Treasury of Scripture

O LORD my God, If I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands;

if I

Psalm 59:3 For, see, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against …

Joshua 22:22 The LORD God of gods, the LORD God of gods, he knows, and Israel …

1 Samuel 20:8 Therefore you shall deal kindly with your servant; for you have brought …

1 Samuel 22:8,13 That all of you have conspired against me, and there is none that …

1 Samuel 24:9 And David said to Saul, Why hear you men's words, saying, Behold, …

1 Samuel 26:18,19 And he said, Why does my lord thus pursue after his servant? for …

2 Samuel 16:7,8 And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, you bloody …

Job 16:17-19 Not for any injustice in my hands: also my prayer is pure…

if there

Psalm 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

1 Samuel 24:11 Moreover, my father, see, yes, see the skirt of your robe in my hand: …

Job 11:14 If iniquity be in your hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness …

(3) This--i.e., this with which I am charged--the Benjamite's slander.

If there be iniquity.--A comparison with 1Samuel 24:12-13, and still more 1Samuel 26:18, shows how closely this psalm is connected with the two notorious instances of David's magnanimous and generous conduct towards Saul.

Verse 3. - O Lord my God, if I have done this; i.e. "this which is laid to my charge." The general charge against David in Saul's lifetime was that he "sought the king's hurt" (1 Samuel 24:9). Afterwards he was accused of being "a bloody man" (2 Samuel 16:8) - the death of Ishbosheth, and perhaps of others, being regarded as his work. If there be iniquity in my hands. If, i.e., I have committed any criminal act, if any definite offence can be charged against me. Human weakness and imperfection David does not mean to deny, but, like Job, he maintains in a certain qualified sense his righteousness. O Lord my God, if I have done this. The crime which Saul and his courtiers charged him with, and which was made so public that every body knew it; and therefore it was needless particularly to mention it; namely, that he lay in wait for Saul, and sought his life to take it away, 1 Samuel 24:9. The Targum interprets it of this psalm, paraphrasing it, "if I have made this song with an evil intention"; to give an ill character of any, and lead them with false charges;

if there be iniquity in my hands; not that he was without sin, he had it in his heart; nor that he lived without the actual commission of sin: but his sense is, that there was no iniquity, as not in his heart, purpose, and design, so not in his hand, nor attempted by him, of the kind he was accused of, 1 Samuel 24:11. Otherwise, we often hear him complaining of the depravity of his nature, and acknowledging his sins and transgressions, Psalm 32:5. 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.

The second part of this wandering hymn contains a protestation of innocence, and an invocation of wrath upon his own head, if he were not clear from the evil imputed to him. So far from hiding treasonable intentions in his hands, or ungratefully requiting the peaceful deeds of a friend, he had even suffered his enemy to escape when he had him completely in his power. Twice had he spared Saul's life; once in the cave of Adullam, and again when he found him sleeping in the midst of his slumbering camp; he could, therefore, with a clear conscience, make his appeal to heaven. He needs not fear the curse whose soul is clear of guilt. Yet is the imprecation a most solemn one, and only justifiable through the extremity of the occasion, and the nature of the dispensation under which the Psalmist lived. We are commanded by our Lord Jesus to let our yea be yea, and our nay, nay; "for whatsoever is more than this cometh of evil." If we cannot be believed on our word, we are surely not to be trusted on our oath; for to a true Christian his simple word is as binding as another man's oath. Especially beware, O unconverted men! of trifling with solemn imprecations. Remember the woman at Devizes, Who wished she might die if she had not paid her share in a joint purchase, and who fell dead there and then with the money in her hand.

Selah. David enhances the solemnity of this appeal to the dread tribunal of God by the use of the usual pause.

From these verses we may learn that no innocence can shield a man from the calumnies of the wicked. David had been scrupulously careful to avoid any appearance of rebellion against Saul, whom he constantly styled "the Lord's anointed;" but all this could not protect him from lying tongues. As the shadow follows the substance, so envy pursues goodness. It is only at the tree laden with fruit that men throw stones. If we would live without being slandered we must wait till we get to heaven. Let us be very heedful not to believe the flying rumours which are always harassing gracious men. If there are no believers in lies there will be but a dull market in falsehood, and good men's characters will be safe. Ill-will never spoke well. Sinners have an ill-will to saints, and therefore, be sure they will not speak well of them. 3. if I have done this—that is, the crime charged in the "words of Cush" (compare 1Sa 24:9).7:1-9 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.
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