For the [music] director. A psalm of David.

A Prayer for Help against Enemies

1 O God of my praise, do not keep silent,

References for Psalms 109:1

    • a 109:1 - The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm
      2 for {wicked and deceitful mouths} have opened against me. They speak to me with a lying tongue.

      References for Psalms 109:2

        • b 109:2 - Literally "a wicked mouth and a deceitful mouth"
          3 They also surround me with words of hate, and fight me without cause.
          4 In return for my love they accuse me, though I [am in] prayer.

          References for Psalms 109:4

            • c 109:4 - Or perhaps "I [have] a plea [of innocence]"
              5 So they inflicted evil against me in return for good and hatred in return for my love.
              6 Appoint over him a wicked [man], and let an accuser stand at his right [hand].
              7 When he is judged, let him come out guilty, and let his prayer become as sin.

              References for Psalms 109:7

                • d 109:7 - Or perhaps "plea [of innocence]"
                  8 Let his days be few; let another take his office.
                  9 Let his children be orphans, and his wife a widow,
                  10 and let his children wander aimlessly and beg, and let them plead from their ruins.
                  11 Let [the] creditor seize all that [is] his, and let strangers plunder his property.
                  12 Let there be none [who] extend to him loyal love, nor any who pities his orphans.
                  13 Let his descendants be cut off. Let their name be blotted out in [the] next generation.

                  References for Psalms 109:13

                    • e 109:13 - Or "posterity"; Hebrew is singular
                      14 Let the iniquity of his ancestors be remembered before Yahweh, and let the sin of his mother not be blotted out.

                      References for Psalms 109:14

                          15 Let them be before Yahweh continually, that he may cut off their memory from [the] earth,

                          References for Psalms 109:15

                            • g 109:15 - That is, the family
                              16 because he did not remember to show loyal love, but he pursued anyone, poor or needy or brokenhearted, to slay [them].

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                                  17 Because he loved cursing, let it come [upon] him. Because he did not delight in blessing, let it be far from him.
                                  18 Because he wore a curse as his robe, let it enter {his body} like water, and into his bones like oil.

                                  References for Psalms 109:18

                                    • i 109:18 - Literally "his inward part"
                                      19 May it be for him like a garment [in which] he wraps, and a belt {he continually wears}.

                                      References for Psalms 109:19

                                        • j 109:19 - Literally "continually he girds it"
                                          20 Let this [be] the punishment for my accusers from Yahweh, even those who speak evil against my life.
                                          21 But you, O Yahweh my Lord, deal with me for your name's sake. Because your loyal love [is] good, deliver me,
                                          22 for I [am] poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.
                                          23 Like a lengthening shadow I am passing away; I am shaken off like a locust.
                                          24 My knees {buckle} from fasting, and my body grows lean without fat.

                                          References for Psalms 109:24

                                            • k 109:24 - Literally "stumble"
                                              25 And [so] I am a disgrace to them; [when] they see me, they shake their heads.

                                              References for Psalms 109:25

                                                  26 Help me, O Yahweh my God; save me according to your loyal love,
                                                  27 that they may know that this [is] your hand, [that] you, O Yahweh, you have done it.
                                                  28 Let them curse, but you bless. [When] they arise, let them be put to shame, that your servant may be glad.
                                                  29 Let my accusers put on disgrace, and let them cover [themselves] with their shame as with a robe.
                                                  30 I will give thanks to Yahweh exceedingly with my mouth, and in [the] midst of many I will praise him,
                                                  31 for he stands at [the] right [hand] of [the] needy, to save [him] from those judging his life.

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