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Psalm 109English Standard Version (ESV)

Help Me, O Lord My God

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

109 Be not silent, O God of my praise!
For wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me,
    speaking against me with lying tongues.
They encircle me with words of hate,
    and attack me without cause.
In return for my love they accuse me,
    but I give myself to prayer.[a]
So they reward me evil for good,
    and hatred for my love.

Appoint a wicked man against him;
    let an accuser stand at his right hand.
When he is tried, let him come forth guilty;
    let his prayer be counted as sin!
May his days be few;
    may another take his office!
May his children be fatherless
    and his wife a widow!
10 May his children wander about and beg,
    seeking food far from the ruins they inhabit!
11 May the creditor seize all that he has;
    may strangers plunder the fruits of his toil!
12 Let there be none to extend kindness to him,
    nor any to pity his fatherless children!
13 May his posterity be cut off;
    may his name be blotted out in the second generation!
14 May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the Lord,
    and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out!
15 Let them be before the Lord continually,
    that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth!

16 For he did not remember to show kindness,
    but pursued the poor and needy
    and the brokenhearted, to put them to death.
17 He loved to curse; let curses come[b] upon him!
    He did not delight in blessing; may it be far[c] from him!
18 He clothed himself with cursing as his coat;
    may it soak[d] into his body like water,
    like oil into his bones!
19 May it be like a garment that he wraps around him,
    like a belt that he puts on every day!
20 May this be the reward of my accusers from the Lord,
    of those who speak evil against my life!

21 But you, O God my Lord,
    deal on my behalf for your name's sake;
    because your steadfast love is good, deliver me!
22 For I am poor and needy,
    and my heart is stricken within me.
23 I am gone like a shadow at evening;
    I am shaken off like a locust.
24 My knees are weak through fasting;
    my body has become gaunt, with no fat.
25 I am an object of scorn to my accusers;
    when they see me, they wag their heads.

26 Help me, O Lord my God!
    Save me according to your steadfast love!
27 Let them know that this is your hand;
    you, O Lord, have done it!
28 Let them curse, but you will bless!
    They arise and are put to shame, but your servant will be glad!
29 May my accusers be clothed with dishonor;
    may they be wrapped in their own shame as in a cloak!

30 With my mouth I will give great thanks to the Lord;
    I will praise him in the midst of the throng.
31 For he stands at the right hand of the needy one,
    to save him from those who condemn his soul to death.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 109:4 Hebrew but I am prayer
  2. Psalm 109:17 Revocalization; Masoretic Text curses have come
  3. Psalm 109:17 Revocalization; Masoretic Text it is far
  4. Psalm 109:18 Revocalization; Masoretic Text it has soaked
English Standard Version (ESV)

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Psalm 109The Voice (VOICE)

Psalm 109

For the worship leader. A song of David.

O True God of my every praise, do not keep silent!
My enemies have opened their wicked, deceit-filled mouths and blown their foul breath on me.
    They have slandered me with their twisted tongues
And unleashed loathsome words that swirl around me.
    Though I have done nothing, they attack me.
Though I offer them love and keep them in my prayers, they accuse me;
Though I treat them well, they answer me with evil;
    though I give them love, they reply with a gesture of hatred.

Here’s what they say: Find some evil scoundrel to go after him.
    Let’s get some accuser to level charges against him.
At his trial, let’s make sure he is found guilty
    so that even his prayers become evidence that convicts him.
Let his days be few, his life cut short;
    let another take over his position.
Lay waste to his family—
    let his children become orphans and his wife a widow.
10 Let his children wander the streets—his legacy, homeless beggars
    scavenging for food,
    [driven out of][a] the rubble and slums where they live.
11 Let the bankers take what is his;
    strangers help themselves to what little is left of all he’s earned.
12 Let there be no one around to offer him compassion,
    nor anyone to give his fatherless children warmth or kindness.
13 Let his family line come to an end—
    no future generations to carry on his name!
14 Let the sins of his fathers be remembered before the Eternal,
    and the sins of his mother never be erased.
15 Let their offenses always be before the Eternal
    so that the memory of this family is long forgotten by all the people of the earth,
16 Because it never occurred to him to show compassion;
    instead, he oppressed the poor, afflicted,
    and brokenhearted and sent them to their death.
17 He loved to invoke a curse—so let his curses come back to him.
    He preferred not to speak a blessing—so let all blessings be far from him.
18 He wrapped himself with cursing, draped around him like a cape;
    may it flood his body like water
    and seep into his bones like oil.
19 Let those curses wrap around him like a cloak on a cold night,
    like a belt tightly knotted around him every day.
20 Let the Eternal so reward my accusers,
    all those who speak and plot evil against me.
21 But You, my Master, the Eternal,
    treat me with kindness for the sake of Your name, the good of Your reputation;
    because Your unfailing love is so good, O deliver me!
22 You see, I am poor and needy,
    and my heart is broken inside me.
23 My life is fading away like a shadow that vanishes in the evening;
    I am like a locust easily brushed off the shoulder.
24 I can barely stand; my knees are weak from not eating;
    I am haggard and drawn, just skin and bones.
25 I have become a person of contempt to my accusers;
    whenever they see me, they taunt me, shaking their heads in disapproval.

26 Help me, Eternal One my God; come to my rescue!
    Save me through Your unfailing love.
27 Let everyone know that You are the source of my salvation
    that You, Eternal One, have done this mighty work.
28 Let them utter a curse, if they will, but You will speak a blessing;
    [when they come to attack,][b] let them know utter shame.
    Then Your servant will celebrate and praise You!
29 Let my enemies be clothed with disgrace and humiliation;
    let them be dressed in a robe of their own shame.
30 I will continually give thanks to the Eternal
    with the praises of my mouth;
    I will praise Him in the company of many.
31 For He always stands in support of the afflicted and needy
    to rescue their souls from those who judge and condemn them.

Footnotes:

  1. 109:10 Hebrew manuscripts read, “sought among.”
  2. 109:28 Greek manuscripts omit this portion.
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