Psalm 109
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1O God, whom I praise, don’t stand silent and aloof1For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. My God, whom I praise, do not remain silent,
2while the wicked slander me and tell lies about me.2for people who are wicked and deceitful have opened their mouths against me; they have spoken against me with lying tongues.
3They surround me with hateful words and fight against me for no reason.3With words of hatred they surround me; they attack me without cause.
4I love them, but they try to destroy me with accusations even as I am praying for them!4In return for my friendship they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer.
5They repay evil for good, and hatred for my love.5They repay me evil for good, and hatred for my friendship.
6They say, “Get an evil person to turn against him. Send an accuser to bring him to trial.6Appoint someone evil to oppose my enemy; let an accuser stand at his right hand.
7When his case comes up for judgment, let him be pronounced guilty. Count his prayers as sins.7When he is tried, let him be found guilty, and may his prayers condemn him.
8Let his years be few; let someone else take his position.8May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership.
9May his children become fatherless, and his wife a widow.9May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.
10May his children wander as beggars and be driven from their ruined homes.10May his children be wandering beggars; may they be driven from their ruined homes.
11May creditors seize his entire estate, and strangers take all he has earned.11May a creditor seize all he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor.
12Let no one be kind to him; let no one pity his fatherless children.12May no one extend kindness to him or take pity on his fatherless children.
13May all his offspring die. May his family name be blotted out in the next generation.13May his descendants be cut off, their names blotted out from the next generation.
14May the LORD never forget the sins of his fathers; may his mother’s sins never be erased from the record.14May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the LORD; may the sin of his mother never be blotted out.
15May the LORD always remember these sins, and may his name disappear from human memory.15May their sins always remain before the LORD, that he may blot out their name from the earth.
16For he refused all kindness to others; he persecuted the poor and needy, and he hounded the brokenhearted to death.16For he never thought of doing a kindness, but hounded to death the poor and the needy and the brokenhearted.
17He loved to curse others; now you curse him. He never blessed others; now don’t you bless him.17He loved to pronounce a curse-- may it come back on him. He found no pleasure in blessing-- may 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.18He wore cursing as his garment; it entered into his body like water, into his bones like oil.
19Now may his curses return and cling to him like clothing; may they be tied around him like a belt.”19May it be like a cloak wrapped about him, like a belt tied forever around him.
20May those curses become the LORD’s punishment for my accusers who speak evil of me.20May this be the LORD's payment to my accusers, to those who speak evil of me.
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 you, Sovereign LORD, help me for your name's sake; out of the goodness of your love, deliver 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 fade away like an evening shadow; I am shaken off like a locust.
24My knees are weak from fasting, and I am skin and bones.24My knees give way from fasting; my body is thin and gaunt.
25I am a joke to people everywhere; when they see me, they shake their heads in scorn.25I am an object of scorn to my accusers; when they see me, they shake their heads.
26Help me, O LORD my God! Save me because of your unfailing love.26Help me, LORD my God; save me according to your unfailing love.
27Let them see that this is your doing, that you yourself have done it, LORD.27Let them know that it is your hand, that you, LORD, have 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!28While they curse, may you bless; may those who attack me be put to shame, but may your servant rejoice.
29May my accusers be clothed with disgrace; may their humiliation cover them like a cloak.29May my accusers be clothed with disgrace and wrapped in shame as in a cloak.
30But I will give repeated thanks to the LORD, praising him to everyone.30With my mouth I will greatly extol the LORD; in the great throng of worshipers I will praise him.
31For he stands beside the needy, ready to save them from those who condemn them.31For he stands at the right hand of the needy, to save their lives from those who would condemn them.
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