Psalms 109

Psalm 1091

For the music director, a psalm of David.

109:1 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.

109:68 Appoint an evil man to testify against him!9

May an accuser stand10 at his right side!

109:7 When he is judged, he will be found11 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 children15 be fatherless,

and his wife a widow!

109:10 May his children16 roam around begging,

asking for handouts as they leave their ruined home!17

109:11 May the creditor seize18 all he owns!

May strangers loot his property!19

109:12 May no one show him kindness!20

May no one have compassion21 on his fatherless children!

109:13 May his descendants22 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 children28 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 curse31 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 belt37 one wears continually!

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

those who say evil things about39 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 realize49 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 covered53 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 crowd55 I will praise him,

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

to deliver him from those who threaten56 his life.

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