Who was Cush and what had he done to David? (Psalm 7 title)

Psalm 7 title:
A shiggaion[d] of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush, a Benjamite.
1 Lord my God, I take refuge in you;
    save and deliver me from all who pursue me,
2 or they will tear me apart like a lion
    and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me.

Clarify Share Report Asked March 26 2019 My picture Jack Gutknecht

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
The Cush mentioned in Psalm 7 is not to be confused with the much earlier man of that name who was one of the sons of Noah's son Ham (Genesis 10:6).

Psalm 7 is the only Biblical mention of this later Cush, who was from the tribe of Benjamin. There is speculation that he was a follower of Saul in the long conflict of Saul and his descendants with David (1 Samuel 18 - 2 Samuel 4), since Saul was also a Benjamite (1 Samuel 9:1-2). Cush had thus made David his enemy, and had possibly also unjustly accused David of wrongdoing in connection with taking Saul's place as king (although it was God Himself who told Samuel to anoint David as king in Saul's place (1 Samuel 16:1-13) because of Saul's disobedience to God's commands (1 Samuel 15)).

In the psalm, David proclaimed his own innocence, and asked God to protect him from those (such as Cush) who were unjustly opposed to him, and to defeat their plans against him.

March 26 2019 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
A Benjamite of this name is mentioned in the title of Psalm 7. "Cush was probably a follower of Saul, the head of his tribe, and had sought the friendship of David for the purpose of 'rewarding evil to him that was at peace with him.'"

Psalm 7:4 
King James Version
If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy:)

--From Easton's Bible Dictionary

ISBE says 
kush (kush; Septuagint Chousei, Psalm 7 title): A Benjamite, perhaps he that "was without cause" the "adversary" of David (compare Psalm 7:4).

March 31 2019 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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