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To the director: A praise song of David.

109 God, I praise you!
    Hear my prayer and do something!
Wicked people are telling lies about me.
    They are saying things that are not true.
They are saying hateful things about me.
    They are attacking me for no reason.
I loved them, but they were against me.
    So I said a prayer.
I did good things to them,
    but they are doing bad things to me.
I loved them,
    but they hated me.

They said, “Choose someone evil to represent him.
    Let the one at his side really be his accuser.
Let even his prayer be used as evidence against him,
    and let the court find him guilty.
Let his life be cut short,
    and let someone else take over his work.
Let his children become orphans and his wife a widow.
10 Make his children wander around as beggars,
    forced from homes that lie in ruins.
11 Let the people he owes take everything he owns.
    Let strangers get everything he worked for.
12 Let no one be kind to him.
    Let no one show mercy to his children.
13 May his family come to an end.
    May his name be unknown to future generations.
14 May the Lord remember the sins of his father,
    and may his mother’s sins never be erased.
15 May the Lord remember their sins forever,
    and may he cause people to forget his family completely.
16 He never did anything good.
    He never loved anyone.
    He made life hard for the poor and the helpless.
17 He loved to curse others,
    so let those bad things happen to him.
He never blessed others,
    so don’t let good things happen to him.
18 Cursing was a daily part of his life,
    like the clothes he wears.
Cursing others became a part of him,
    like the water he drinks and the oil he puts on his body.
19 So let curses cover him like the robe he wears
    and always surround him like a belt.”

20 My enemies said these evil things against me.
    But may those curses be the way the Lord punishes them.
21 My Lord God, treat me in a way that brings honor to your name.
    Save me because of your faithful love.
22 I am only a poor, helpless man.
    I am so sad; my heart is broken.
23 I feel my life is over, fading like a shadow at day’s end.
    I feel like a bug that someone brushed away.
24 My knees are weak from fasting.
    I have lost weight and become thin.
25 My enemies insult me.
    They look at me and shake their heads.
26 Lord my God, help me!
    Show your faithful love and save me!
27 Then they will know that you did it.
    They will know that it was your power, Lord, that helped me.
28 They curse me, but you can bless me.
    They attacked me, so defeat them.
    Then I, your servant, will be happy.
29 Humiliate my enemies!
    Let them wear their shame like a coat.
30 I give thanks to the Lord.
    I praise him in front of everyone.
31 He stands by the helpless
    and saves them from those who try to put them to death.

Psalm 109

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

My God, whom I praise,(A)
    do not remain silent,(B)
for people who are wicked and deceitful(C)
    have opened their mouths against me;
    they have spoken against me with lying tongues.(D)
With words of hatred(E) they surround me;
    they attack me without cause.(F)
In return for my friendship they accuse me,
    but I am a man of prayer.(G)
They repay me evil for good,(H)
    and hatred for my friendship.

Appoint someone evil to oppose my enemy;
    let an accuser(I) stand at his right hand.
When he is tried, let him be found guilty,(J)
    and may his prayers condemn(K) him.
May his days be few;(L)
    may another take his place(M) of leadership.
May his children be fatherless
    and his wife a widow.(N)
10 May his children be wandering beggars;(O)
    may they be driven[a] from their ruined homes.
11 May a creditor(P) seize all he has;
    may strangers plunder(Q) the fruits of his labor.(R)
12 May no one extend kindness to him
    or take pity(S) on his fatherless children.
13 May his descendants be cut off,(T)
    their names blotted out(U) from the next generation.
14 May the iniquity of his fathers(V) be remembered before the Lord;
    may the sin of his mother never be blotted out.
15 May their sins always remain before(W) the Lord,
    that he may blot out their name(X) from the earth.

16 For he never thought of doing a kindness,
    but hounded to death the poor
    and the needy(Y) and the brokenhearted.(Z)
17 He loved to pronounce a curse—
    may it come back on him.(AA)
He found no pleasure in blessing—
    may it be far from him.
18 He wore cursing(AB) as his garment;
    it entered into his body like water,(AC)
    into his bones like oil.
19 May it be like a cloak wrapped(AD) about him,
    like a belt tied forever around him.
20 May this be the Lord’s payment(AE) to my accusers,
    to those who speak evil(AF) of me.

21 But you, Sovereign Lord,
    help me for your name’s sake;(AG)
    out of the goodness of your love,(AH) deliver me.(AI)
22 For I am poor and needy,
    and my heart is wounded within me.
23 I fade away like an evening shadow;(AJ)
    I am shaken off like a locust.
24 My knees give(AK) way from fasting;(AL)
    my body is thin and gaunt.(AM)
25 I am an object of scorn(AN) to my accusers;
    when they see me, they shake their heads.(AO)

26 Help me,(AP) Lord my God;
    save me according to your unfailing love.
27 Let them know(AQ) that it is your hand,
    that you, Lord, have done it.
28 While they curse,(AR) may you bless;
    may those who attack me be put to shame,
    but may your servant rejoice.(AS)
29 May my accusers be clothed with disgrace
    and wrapped in shame(AT) as in a cloak.

30 With my mouth I will greatly extol the Lord;
    in the great throng(AU) of worshipers I will praise him.
31 For he stands at the right hand(AV) of the needy,
    to save their lives from those who would condemn them.


  1. Psalm 109:10 Septuagint; Hebrew sought