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Psalm 7:6 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
6 Arise, O Jehovah, in your anger;
lift yourself up against the rage of my enemies;
awake for me; you have appointed a judgment.
This verse is a prayer for God’s protection and justice. The psalmist is asking God to rise up in anger and to defend them against their enemies. The psalmist also asks God to awaken and to decree justice, meaning to make a fair and rightful decision or ruling.
Overall, this verse expresses the psalmist’s trust in God to protect and defend them and ensure justice is served. It also reflects the psalmist’s faith that God is just and fair and that He will act on behalf of those who are oppressed or wronged.
Arise, O Jehovah, in your anger. That is, to punish him who thus unjustly persecutes me. See Notes on Psalm 3:7.
Lift yourself up. As if he had been lying in repose and inaction. The idea is derived from a warrior who is called on to go forth and meet an enemy.
Against the rage of mine enemies. Not only of this particular enemy but of those who were associated with him and perhaps of all his foes. David felt, on this occasion, that he was surrounded by enemies, and he calls on God to interfere and save him.
And awake for me. Or on my behalf. The word awake is a still stronger expression than those which he had before used. It implies that one had been asleep and insensible to what had occurred, and he addresses God as if He had thus been insensible to the dangers which surrounded him.
You have appointed a judgment. To execute the judgment which thou hast appointed or ordered. That is, God had, in his law, commanded that justice should be done and had proclaimed himself a God of justice—requiring that right should be done on the earth and declaring himself in all cases the friend of right. David now appeals to him and calls on him to manifest himself in that character, as executing, in this case, the justice that he required under the great principles of his administration. He had commanded justice to be done in all cases. He had required that the wicked should be punished. He had ordered magistrates to execute justice. In accordance with these great principles, David now calls on God to manifest himself as the friend of justice and to show, in this case, the same principles and the same regard to justice that he required in others. It is an earnest petition that he would vindicate his own principles of administration.
By Albert Barnes and Edward D. Andrews
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