Psalm 109
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1O God, whom I praise, don’t stand silent and aloof1To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise;
2while the wicked slander me and tell lies about me.2For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.
3They surround me with hateful words and fight against me for no reason.3They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause.
4I love them, but they try to destroy me with accusations even as I am praying for them!4For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer.
5They repay evil for good, and hatred for my love.5And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.
6They say, “Get an evil person to turn against him. Send an accuser to bring him to trial.6Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand.
7When his case comes up for judgment, let him be pronounced guilty. Count his prayers as sins.7When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin.
8Let his years be few; let someone else take his position.8Let his days be few; and let another take his office.
9May his children become fatherless, and his wife a widow.9Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.
10May his children wander as beggars and be driven from their ruined homes.10Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places.
11May creditors seize his entire estate, and strangers take all he has earned.11Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour.
12Let no one be kind to him; let no one pity his fatherless children.12Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favour his fatherless children.
13May all his offspring die. May his family name be blotted out in the next generation.13Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out.
14May the LORD never forget the sins of his fathers; may his mother’s sins never be erased from the record.14Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the LORD; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.
15May the LORD always remember these sins, and may his name disappear from human memory.15Let them be before the LORD continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth.
16For he refused all kindness to others; he persecuted the poor and needy, and he hounded the brokenhearted to death.16Because that he remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.
17He loved to curse others; now you curse him. He never blessed others; now don’t you bless him.17As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him.
18Cursing is as natural to him as his clothing, or the water he drinks, or the rich food he eats.18As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.
19Now may his curses return and cling to him like clothing; may they be tied around him like a belt.”19Let it be unto him as the garment which covereth him, and for a girdle wherewith he is girded continually.
20May those curses become the LORD’s punishment for my accusers who speak evil of me.20Let this be the reward of mine adversaries from the LORD, and of them that speak evil against my soul.
21But deal well with me, O Sovereign LORD, for the sake of your own reputation! Rescue me because you are so faithful and good.21But do thou for me, O GOD the Lord, for thy name's sake: because thy mercy is good, deliver thou me.
22For I am poor and needy, and my heart is full of pain.22For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.
23I am fading like a shadow at dusk; I am brushed off like a locust.23I am gone like the shadow when it declineth: I am tossed up and down as the locust.
24My knees are weak from fasting, and I am skin and bones.24My knees are weak through fasting; and my flesh faileth of fatness.
25I am a joke to people everywhere; when they see me, they shake their heads in scorn.25I became also a reproach unto them: when they looked upon me they shaked their heads.
26Help me, O LORD my God! Save me because of your unfailing love.26Help me, O LORD my God: O save me according to thy mercy:
27Let them see that this is your doing, that you yourself have done it, LORD.27That they may know that this is thy hand; that thou, LORD, hast done it.
28Then let them curse me if they like, but you will bless me! When they attack me, they will be disgraced! But I, your servant, will go right on rejoicing!28Let them curse, but bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant rejoice.
29May my accusers be clothed with disgrace; may their humiliation cover them like a cloak.29Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame, and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a mantle.
30But I will give repeated thanks to the LORD, praising him to everyone.30I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude.
31For he stands beside the needy, ready to save them from those who condemn them.31For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul.
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