Psalm 7:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 7:12, NIV: If he does not relent, he will sharpen his sword; he will bend and string his bow.

Psalm 7:12, ESV: If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword; he has bent and readied his bow;

Psalm 7:12, KJV: If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.

Psalm 7:12, NASB: If one does not repent, He will sharpen His sword; He has bent His bow and taken aim.

Psalm 7:12, NLT: If a person does not repent, God will sharpen his sword; he will bend and string his bow.

Psalm 7:12, CSB: If anyone does not repent, he will sharpen his sword; he has strung his bow and made it ready.

What does Psalm 7:12 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse pictures God as a warrior with a bent bow, prepared to sharpen His sword. He is ready to strike anyone who refuses to repent. To repent means to change the mind; a "repentant" person changes his attitude about sin. He wants to turn his back on sin and believe that Jesus died for him, a sinner. In changing his mind, a sinner who used to love sin comes to hate it, while learning to love Christ, who paid the penalty of sin by shedding His blood on the cross. David has been praying for God to bring judgment on slanderous enemies (Psalm 7:8–11), possibly the person mentioned at the beginning of the psalm (Psalm 7:1).

Jesus said, "Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish" (Luke 13:3). Graciously, God forgives repentant sinners who believe on Jesus as their Savior. All heaven rejoices when a sinner repents. Jesus told a group of Pharisees and scribes who objected to His association with sinners: "I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance" (Luke 15:7).