Bible: Psalms 109

Psalm 109 1 

109:1 For the music director, a psalm of David.

O God whom I praise, do not ignore me! 2 

109:2 For they say cruel and deceptive things to me;

they lie to me. 3 

109:3 They surround me and say hateful things; 4 

they attack me for no reason.

109:4 They repay my love with accusations, 5 

but I continue to pray. 6 

109:5 They repay me evil for good, 7 

and hate for love.

109:6 8 

Appoint an evil man to testify against him! 9 

May an accuser stand 10  at his right side!

109:7 When he is judged, he will be found 11  guilty! 12 

Then his prayer will be regarded as sinful.

109:8 May his days be few! 13 

May another take his job! 14 

109:9 May his children 15  be fatherless,

and his wife a widow!

109:10 May his children 16  roam around begging,

asking for handouts as they leave their ruined home! 17 

109:11 May the creditor seize 18  all he owns!

May strangers loot his property! 19 

109:12 May no one show him kindness! 20 

May no one have compassion 21  on his fatherless children!

109:13 May his descendants 22  be cut off! 23 

May the memory of them be wiped out by the time the next generation arrives! 24 

109:14 May his ancestors 25  sins be remembered by the Lord!

May his mother’s sin not be forgotten! 26 

109:15 May the Lord be constantly aware of them, 27 

and cut off the memory of his children 28  from the earth!

109:16 For he never bothered to show kindness; 29 

he harassed the oppressed and needy,

and killed the disheartened. 30 

109:17 He loved to curse 31  others, so those curses have come upon him. 32 

He had no desire to bless anyone, so he has experienced no blessings. 33 

109:18 He made cursing a way of life, 34 

so curses poured into his stomach like water

and seeped into his bones like oil. 35 

109:19 May a curse attach itself to him, like a garment one puts on, 36 

or a belt 37  one wears continually!

109:20 May the Lord repay my accusers in this way, 38 

those who say evil things about 39  me! 40 

109:21 O sovereign Lord,

intervene on my behalf for the sake of your reputation! 41 

Because your loyal love is good, deliver me!

109:22 For I am oppressed and needy,

and my heart beats violently within me. 42 

109:23 I am fading away like a shadow at the end of the day; 43 

I am shaken off like a locust.

109:24 I am so starved my knees shake; 44 

I have turned into skin and bones. 45 

109:25 I am disdained by them. 46 

When they see me, they shake their heads. 47 

109:26 Help me, O Lord my God!

Because you are faithful to me, deliver me! 48 

109:27 Then they will realize 49  this is your work, 50 

and that you, Lord, have accomplished it.

109:28 They curse, but you will bless. 51 

When they attack, they will be humiliated, 52 

but your servant will rejoice.

109:29 My accusers will be covered 53  with shame,

and draped in humiliation as if it were a robe.

109:30 I will thank the Lord profusely, 54 

in the middle of a crowd 55  I will praise him,

109:31 because he stands at the right hand of the needy,

to deliver him from those who threaten 56  his life.

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