1 To the overseer, to David a chanting. O God of my praise, thou wilt not be silent; 2 For the mouth of the unjust, and the mouth of deceit opened against me; they eke with me the tongue of false-hood. 3 And with words of hatred they surrounded me, and they will war with me gratuitously. 4 For my love they will oppose me: and I for prayer. 5 And they will set against me evil instead of good, and hatred for my love.
6 Appoint over him the unjust one, and the adversary shall stand at his right hand. 7 In his being judged he shall come forth condemned: and his prayer shall be for sin. 8 His days shall be few; his charge another shall take. 9 His sons shall be orphans, and his wife a widow. 10 And shaking his sons shall wander about, and they asked and sought from their desolations. 11 The creditor shall lay snares for all which is to him, and strangers shall plunder his labor. 12 There shall not be to him any drawing out mercy, and there shall not be any compassionating to his orphans 13 His descendants shall be for cutting off; in the later generation their name shall be wiped off. 14 The iniquity of his fathers will be in remembrance to Jehovah, and the sins of his mother shall not be wiped of 15 They shall be before Jehovah always, and their remembrance shall be cut off from the earth.
16 Because he remembered not to do mercy, and he will pursue the poor and needy man to slay the dejected of heart. 17 And he will love cursing, and it shall come to him: and he delighted not in praise, and it shall be far from him. 18 And he will put on cursing as his garment, and it shall come into his midst as water, and as oil into his bones. 19 It shall be to him as the garment shall cover him, and for a girdle it shall gird him always. 20 This the doing of those lying in wait for me from Jehovah, and speaking evil against my soul.
21 And thou Jehovah my Lord do with me for sake of thy name: for good thy mercy, deliver thou me. 22 For poor and needy am I, and my heart wounded in my midst. 23 As the shadow according to its declining I was gone: I was shaken off as the locust. 24 My knees were weak from fasting, and my flesh failed from fatness. 25 And I was a reproach to them: they will see me and they will shake the head.
26 Help me, O Jehovah my God: save me according to thy mercy: 27 And they shall know that this is thy hand; thou, O Jehovah, didst it. 28 They will curse and thou wilt bless: they arose and they shall be ashamed; and thy servant shall be glad. 29 They lying in wait for me shall put on shame, and they shall be covered with their shame as an upper garment 30 I will praise Jehovah greatly with my mouth; and in the midst of many will I praise him. 31 For he will stand at the right hand of the needy to save his soul from the judges.