“To guarantee loans for a stranger brings trouble.
But there is safety in refusing to loan money.
A gracious woman gets honor.
But she who hates virtue is covered with shame.
The timid become destitute.
But the aggressive gain riches.
Those who are kind
But the cruel do themselves harm.
The wicked earn no real gain.
But those who sow righteousness
Get a true reward.
Whoever is steadfast in righteousness will live.
But whoever pursues evil will die.”
There was no safely in guaranteeing loans for strangers. A gracious woman has great honor, while those without virtue are covered in shame. The timid will become destitute, while the aggressive will get rich. The kind people take care of themselves, while the cruel people harm themselves. The wicked never earn any real gain in life. However, those who sow in righteousness will get a true reward. Those who are steadfast in righteousness will live, while the pursuers of evil will die. Money has to be used correctly.
Do not be far from me!
O my God!
Make haste to help me!
Let my accusers be put to shame!
Let them be consumed!
Let those who seek to hurt me
Be covered with scorn and disgrace!
But I will hope continually!
I will praise you,
Yet more and more!
My mouth will tell
Of your righteous acts!
My mouth will tell
Of your deeds of salvation,
All day long,
Even though their number is past my knowledge.
I will come praising
The mighty deeds of Yahweh.
I will praise your righteousness,
Once again, this aging psalmist wanted God to be close to him. He wanted it to happen quickly. The theme of bringing the pursuers to shame came out again. There is an idea of a curse to those who were wicked. He wanted his accusers put to shame and consumed. Anyone who tried to hurt him, he wanted them covered with scorn and disgrace. However, he was going to still hope and praise Yahweh more and more. All day long he would tell people about Yahweh and his marvelous deeds that were too numerable to mention. He was going to praise the righteous God, Yahweh alone.
“At my stumbling
They gathered in glee.
They gathered together against me.
Ruffians whom I did not know
Tore at me without ceasing.
They impiously mocked more and more.
They gnashed at me with their teeth.”
Whenever David stumbled, these pursuers gathered in glee around him. People he did not know tore into him non-stop. They mocked him. They gnashed at him with their teeth. These are pretty graphic details about David’s enemies and what they were trying to do to him.
“A Shiggaion of David, which he sang to Yahweh concerning Cush, a Benjaminite.
Yahweh my God!
I take refuge.
From all my pursuers,
Like a lion,
They will tear me apart.
They will drag me away.
No one will rescue me.”
Once again this Psalm 7 is a lament or shiggaion of David. A shiggaion is an emotional mourning psalm. This psalm has a specific indicent found in 2 Samuel, chapter 18, when the Cushite brought him the bad news that David’s rebellious son Absalom had been killed in battle. However, the addition of a Benjaminite might refer to Saul at an earlier time, since Saul was from the territory of Benjamin. There is very little mention of the death of David’s son. This is more about the enemies of David who were attacking him, like Saul. David wanted to take refuge in Yahweh. He wanted to be saved from all his pursuers. He felt that they were like lions, who would tear him apart and drag him away. He asked to be rescued by Yahweh because no one else would.
“Then Trypho sent troops and cavalry into Galilee and the Great Plain to destroy all Jonathan’s soldiers. However, they realized that Jonathan had been seized and had perished along with his men. They then encouraged one another and kept marching in close formation, ready for battle. When their pursuers saw that they would fight for their lives, they turned back. So they all reached the land of Judah safely. They mourned for Jonathan and his companions. They were in great fear. All Israel mourned deeply. All the nations around about them tried to destroy them. They said.
‘They have no leader or helper.
Now therefore let us make war on them.
Let us blot out the memory of them from humankind.’”
Trypho wanted to defeat the Jewish troops of Jonathan. He sent his cavalry into Galilee and the great plain. However, the troops realized what had happened to Jonathan, so they decided to march in close formation as if they were ready for battle. When the Syrian troops saw this, they turned back and let them reach the land of Judah safely. Now they all mourned for Jonathan and his companions, as did all Israel. They feared that their neighbors would attack them since they had no leader. They might be annihilated.