Vengeance Invoked upon Adversaries.

1 For the choir director. A Psalm of David.
O (A)God of my praise,
(B)Do not be silent!
For they have opened the (a)wicked and (C)deceitful mouth against me;
They have spoken (b)against me with a (D)lying tongue.
They have also surrounded me with words of hatred,
And fought against me (E)without cause.
In return (F)for my love they act as my accusers;
But (G)I am in prayer.
Thus they have (c)(H)repaid me evil for good
And (I)hatred for my love.
Appoint a wicked man over him,
And let an (d)(J)accuser stand at his right hand.
When he is judged, let him (K)come forth guilty,
And let his (L)prayer become sin.
Let (M)his days be few;
Let (N)another take his office.
Let his (O)children be fatherless
And his (P)wife a widow.
Let his (Q)children wander about and beg;
And let them (R)seek sustenance (e)far from their ruined homes.
Let (S)the creditor (f)seize all that he has,
And let (T)strangers plunder the product of his labor.
Let there be none to (g)(U)extend lovingkindness to him,
Nor (V)any to be gracious to his fatherless children.
Let his (W)posterity be (h)cut off;
In a following generation let their (X)name be blotted out.
Let (Y)the iniquity of his fathers be remembered (i)before the Lord,
And do not let the sin of his mother be (Z)blotted out.
Let (AA)them be before the Lord continually,
That He may (AB)cut off their memory from the earth;
Because he did not remember to show lovingkindness,
But persecuted the (AC)afflicted and needy man,
And the (AD)despondent in heart, to (AE)put them to death.
He also loved cursing, so (AF)it came to him;
And he did not delight in blessing, so it was far from him.
But he (AG)clothed himself with cursing as with his garment,
And it (AH)entered into (j)his body like water
And like oil into his bones.
Let it be to him as (AI)a garment with which he covers himself,
And for a belt with which he constantly (AJ)girds himself.
(k)Let this be the (AK)reward of my accusers from the Lord,
And of those who (AL)speak evil against my soul.
But You, O (l)God, the Lord, deal kindly with me (AM)for Your name’s sake;
Because (AN)Your lovingkindness is good, deliver me;
For (AO)I am afflicted and needy,
And (m)my heart is (AP)wounded within me.
I am passing (AQ)like a shadow when it lengthens;
I am shaken off (AR)like the locust.
My (AS)knees (n)are weak from (AT)fasting,
And my flesh has grown lean, without fatness.
I also have become a (AU)reproach to them;
When they see me, they (AV)wag their head.
(AW)Help me, O Lord my God;
Save me according to Your lovingkindness.
(o)And let them (AX)know that this is Your hand;
You, Lord, have done it.
(AY)Let them curse, but You bless;
When they arise, they shall be ashamed,
But Your (AZ)servant shall be glad.
(p)Let (BA)my accusers be clothed with dishonor,
And (q)let them (BB)cover themselves with their own shame as with a robe.
With my mouth I will give thanks abundantly to the Lord;
And in the midst of many (BC)I will praise Him.
For He stands (BD)at the right hand of the needy,
To save him from those who (BE)judge his soul.


a. Psalm 109:2: ['Lit ', wicked mouth and the deceitful]
b. Psalm 109:2: ['Lit ', with]
c. Psalm 109:5: ['Lit ', laid upon me]
d. Psalm 109:6: ['Or ', adversary, Satan]
e. Psalm 109:10: ['Or ', out of their desolate places]
f. Psalm 109:11: ['Lit ', ensnare, strike at]
g. Psalm 109:12: ['Lit ', continue]
h. Psalm 109:13: ['Lit ', for cutting off]
i. Psalm 109:14: ['Lit ', to]
j. Psalm 109:18: ['Lit ', his inward parts]
k. Psalm 109:20: ['Lit ', This is]
l. Psalm 109:21: ['Heb ', YHWH, ', usually rendered ', Lord]
m. Psalm 109:22: ['Lit ', one has pierced my heart within me]
n. Psalm 109:24: ['Or ', totter]
o. Psalm 109:27: ['Or ', That they may know]
p. Psalm 109:29: ['Or ', My accusers will be]
q. Psalm 109:29: ['Or ', they will cover]

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