Psalm 7:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 7:5, NIV: then let my enemy pursue and overtake me; let him trample my life to the ground and make me sleep in the dust.

Psalm 7:5, ESV: let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it, and let him trample my life to the ground and lay my glory in the dust. Selah

Psalm 7:5, KJV: 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.

Psalm 7:5, NASB: Let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it; And let him trample my life to the ground And lay my glory in the dust. Selah

Psalm 7:5, NLT: then let my enemies capture me. Let them trample me into the ground and drag my honor in the dust. Interlude

Psalm 7:5, CSB: may an enemy pursue and overtake me; may he trample me to the ground and leave my honor in the dust. Selah

What does Psalm 7:5 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

These consequences are dramatic, nothing David truly expects to happen. His enemies (Psalm 7:1–2) may have accused him of terrible things (Psalm 7:3–4); these are slander. David is confident he is innocent of those crimes, so he emphasizes his innocence by accepting severe punishment "if" such things were true.

A modern person might say, "you can take me to prison if I'm lying, but I know this is the truth." In a similar sense, David was willing for God to allow enemies to overtake him and kill him. He was willing for the enemy to humiliate and humble him, even ruining his good name for all of eternity. However, he was comfortable stating his innocence; he was innocent of all the malicious charges that the enemy laid against him.

It should be the goal of every believer to be faithful to the Lord until death. The apostle Paul ran the Christian race faithfully by disciplining his body (1 Corinthians 9:25–27) and by doing the Lord's will. At the end of his life, he could declare, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith" (2 Timothy 4:7). His honor did not lie in the dust; he would receive the crown of righteousness from the Lord (2 Timothy 4:8).