Psalms 109

1To the chief Musician. Of David. A Psalm. O God of my praise, be not silent: 2For the mouth of the wicked man and the mouth of deceit are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue, 3And with words of hatred have they encompassed me; and they fight against me without a cause. 4For my love they are mine adversaries; but I give myself unto prayer. 5And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.

6Set a wicked man over him, and let the adversary stand at his right hand; 7When he shall be judged, let him go out guilty, and let his prayer become sin; 8Let his days be few, let another take his office; 9Let his sons be fatherless, and his wife a widow; 10Let his sons be vagabonds and beg, and let them seek their bread far from their desolate places; 11Let the usurer cast the net over all that he hath, and let strangers despoil his labour; 12Let there be none to extend kindness unto him, neither let there be any to favour his fatherless children; 13Let his posterity be cut off; in the generation following let their name be blotted out: 14Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with Jehovah, and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out; 15Let them be before Jehovah continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth: 16Because he remembered not to shew kindness, but persecuted the afflicted and needy man, and the broken in heart, to slay him. 17And he loved cursing; so let it come unto him. And he delighted not in blessing; and let it be far from him. 18And he clothed himself with cursing like his vestment; so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones; 19Let it be unto him as a garment with which he covereth himself, and for a girdle wherewith he is constantly girded. 20Let this be the reward of mine adversaries from Jehovah, and of them that speak evil against my soul.

21But do *thou* for me, Jehovah, Lord, for thy name's sake; because thy loving-kindness is good, deliver me: 22For I am afflicted and needy, and my heart is wounded within me. 23I am gone like a shadow when it lengtheneth; I am tossed about like the locust; 24My knees are failing through fasting, and my flesh hath lost its fatness; 25And I am become a reproach unto them; when they look upon me they shake their heads. 26Help me, Jehovah my God; save me according to thy loving-kindness: 27That they may know that this is thy hand; that *thou*, Jehovah, hast done it. 28Let *them* curse, but bless *thou*; when they rise up, let them be ashamed, and let thy servant rejoice. 29Let mine adversaries be clothed with confusion, and let them cover themselves with their shame as with a mantle. 30I will greatly celebrate Jehovah with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude. 31For he standeth at the right hand of the needy, to save him from those that judge his soul.

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