Psalm 7:8
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New International Version
Let the LORD judge the peoples. Vindicate me, LORD, according to my righteousness, according to my integrity, O Most High.

New Living Translation
The LORD judges the nations. Declare me righteous, O LORD, for I am innocent, O Most High!

English Standard Version
The LORD judges the peoples; judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is in me.

New American Standard Bible
The LORD judges the peoples; Vindicate me, O LORD, according to my righteousness and my integrity that is in me.

King James Bible
The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD judges the peoples; vindicate me, LORD, according to my righteousness and my integrity.

International Standard Version
For the LORD will judge the peoples. Judge me according to my righteousness, LORD, and according to my integrity, Exalted One.

NET Bible
The LORD judges the nations. Vindicate me, LORD, because I am innocent, because I am blameless, O Exalted One!

New Heart English Bible
The LORD administers judgment to the peoples. Judge me, LORD, according to my righteousness, and to my integrity that is in me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lord Jehovah shall judge the nations. Judge me, Lord Jehovah, according to my righteousness and according to my integrity.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD judges the people of the world. Judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, according to my integrity.

JPS Tanakh 1917
O LORD, who ministerest judgment to the peoples, Judge me, O LORD, According to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.

New American Standard 1977
The LORD judges the peoples;
            Vindicate me, O LORD, according to my righteousness and my integrity that is in me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is in me.

King James 2000 Bible
The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to my integrity that is in me.

American King James Version
The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to my integrity that is in me.

American Standard Version
Jehovah ministereth judgment to the peoples: Judge me, O Jehovah, according to my righteousness, and to mine integrity that is in me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord judgeth the people. Judge me, O Lord, according to my justice, and according to my innocence in me.

Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah shall minister judgment to the peoples. Judge me, Jehovah, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity which is in me.

English Revised Version
The LORD ministereth judgment to the peoples: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and to mine integrity that is in me.

Webster's Bible Translation
The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to my integrity that is in me.

World English Bible
Yahweh administers judgment to the peoples. Judge me, Yahweh, according to my righteousness, and to my integrity that is in me.

Young's Literal Translation
Jehovah doth judge the peoples; Judge me, O Jehovah, According to my righteousness, And according to mine integrity on me,
Study Bible
I Take Refuge in You
7Let the assembly of the peoples encompass You, And over them return on high. 8The LORD judges the peoples; Vindicate me, O LORD, according to my righteousness and my integrity that is in me. 9O let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous; For the righteous God tries the hearts and minds.…
Cross References
Genesis 20:5
"Did he not himself say to me, 'She is my sister '? And she herself said, 'He is my brother.' In the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my hands I have done this."

1 Samuel 26:23
"The LORD will repay each man for his righteousness and his faithfulness; for the LORD delivered you into my hand today, but I refused to stretch out my hand against the LORD'S anointed.

Psalm 18:20
The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.

Psalm 26:1
A Psalm of David. Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in my integrity, And I have trusted in the LORD without wavering.

Psalm 35:24
Judge me, O LORD my God, according to Your righteousness, And do not let them rejoice over me.

Psalm 43:1
Vindicate me, O God, and plead my case against an ungodly nation; O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man!

Psalm 96:13
Before the LORD, for He is coming, For He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness And the peoples in His faithfulness.

Psalm 98:9
Before the LORD, for He is coming to judge the earth; He will judge the world with righteousness And the peoples with equity.

Jeremiah 11:20
But, O LORD of hosts, who judges righteously, Who tries the feelings and the heart, Let me see Your vengeance on them, For to You have I committed my cause.
Treasury of Scripture

The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to my integrity that is in me.

The Lord

Psalm 9:8 And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister …

Psalm 11:4 The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD's throne is in heaven: his …

Psalm 82:1 God stands in the congregation of the mighty; he judges among the gods.

Psalm 96:13 Before the LORD: for he comes, for he comes to judge the earth: he …

Psalm 98:9 Before the LORD; for he comes to judge the earth: with righteousness …

Genesis 18:25 That be far from you to do after this manner, to slay the righteous …

Acts 17:31 Because he has appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world …

Romans 14:10-12 But why do you judge your brother? or why do you set at nothing your brother…

1 Corinthians 4:4,5 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but …

judge

Psalm 26:1 Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in my integrity: I have trusted …

Psalm 35:24 Judge me, O LORD my God, according to your righteousness; and let …

Psalm 43:1 Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O …

Genesis 31:53 The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, …

2 Chronicles 20:12 O our God, will you not judge them? for we have no might against …

according

Psalm 17:2,3 Let my sentence come forth from your presence; let your eyes behold …

Psalm 18:20-24 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to …

Psalm 35:24-27 Judge me, O LORD my God, according to your righteousness; and let …

2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that …

to mine

Psalm 25:21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on you.

Psalm 26:11 But as for me, I will walk in my integrity: redeem me, and be merciful to me.

Psalm 41:12 And as for me, you uphold me in my integrity, and set me before your …

Psalm 78:72 So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided …

Proverbs 19:1 Better is the poor that walks in his integrity, than he that is perverse …

1 Thessalonians 2:10 You are witnesses, and God also, how piously and justly and blamelessly …

(8) The Lord shall.--Better, Jehovah judgeth the nations. Everything is complete, and the work of judgment begins. The poet prays that his sentence may be according to his own consciousness of righteousness and integrity. Of this plea of innocence Jerome says, "David could not say this; this properly belongs to the Saviour, who was sinless." Others think it is the ideal Israel, which stands before Jehovah's tribunal. But we may compare Job's protestations of innocence, and his persistent demand for a trial. David (if he is the author) refers naturally to his innocence of the charge calumniously brought against him. As between Saul and himself, his conduct had been blameless.

Verse 8. - The Lord shall judge the people. Hitherto judgment has been prayed for, now it is announced, "The Lord shall judge " - shall decide between David and his enemies - shall judge them in his anger, and at the same time judge David, i.e. vindicate his cause. David has no desire to escape this judgment Judge me, he says, O Lord, according to my righteousness. Judge me, i.e., and, if thou findest me righteous, acquit me and vindicate me. And according to mine integrity that is in me; literally, which is on me (comp. Job 29:24, "I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my judgment was as a robe and a diadem"). Ver. 9: - Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end. It is not the removal of the wicked, but the removal of their wickedness, that David desires (comp. Psalm 10:15). But establish the just; i.e. protect strengthen, and sustain him. For the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins (comp. Jeremiah 11:20; Jeremiah 17:10; Jeremiah 20:12). "The heart, as the seat of the understanding and the will, the reins of natural impulses and affections" ('Speaker's Commentary'). The Lord shall judge the people,.... The inhabitants of the world in general; for God is the Judge of all the earth, and he judges the world in righteousness daily, and ministers judgment in uprightness, though it is not always manifest; or his own people in particular, whose cause he pleads, whose injuries and wrongs he avenges, whose persons he protects and defends; this the psalmist expresses with confidence, and therefore, suitable to his character as a Judge, he entreats him as follows:

judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness; he speaks not of his justification before God, in whose sight he well knew no flesh living could be justified by their own righteousness, Psalm 143:2; nor of the righteousness of his person, either imputed or inherent; but of the righteousness of his cause, Psalm 35:27; not of his righteousness God-ward, for he knew that he was a sinner with respect to him; but of his righteousness towards Saul, against whom he had not sinned, but had acted towards him in the most righteous and faithful manner, 1 Samuel 24:11; and therefore desired to be judged, and was content to stand or fall according to his conduct and behaviour towards him;

and according to mine integrity that is in me; who had always acted the sincere and upright part towards Saul, though he had pursued him with so much fury and violence; the psalmist's prayer was heard and answered, Psalm 18:20. 8 The Lord shall judge the people: judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.

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.

If I am not mistaken, David has now seen in the eye of his mind the Lord ascending to his judgment-seat, and beholding him seated there in royal state, he draws near to him to urge his suit anew. In the last two verses he besought Jehovah to arise, and now that he is arisen, he prepares to mingle with "the congregation of the people" who compass the Lord about. The royal heralds proclaim the opening of the court with the solemn words, "The Lord shall judge the people." Our petitioner rises as once, and cries with earnestness and humility, "Judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me." His hand is on an honest heart, and his cry is to a righteous Judge. He sees a smile of complacency upon the face of the King, and in the name of all the assembled congregation he cries aloud, "Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just." Is not this the universal longing of the whole company of the elect? When shall we be delivered from the filthy conversation of these men of Sodom? When shall we escape from the filthiness of Mesech and the blackness of the tents of Kedar?

What a solemn and weighty truth is contained in the last sentence of the ninth verse! How deep is the divine knowledge! - "he trieth." How strict, how accurate, how intimate his search! - "he trieth the hearts," the secret thoughts, "and reins," the inward affections. "All things are naked and opened to the eyes of him with whom we have to do." 8. Though not claiming innocence in general, he can confidently do so in this case, and in demanding from the Judge of all the earth a judgment, he virtually asks acquittal.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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