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Psalm 109 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 God, I praise you. Don't remain silent. 1 O God, whom I praise, do not remain silent,
2 Sinful people who lie and cheat have spoken against me. They have used their tongues to tell lies about me. 2 for wicked and deceitful men have opened their mouths against me; they have spoken against me with lying tongues.
3 They gather all around me with their words of hatred. They attack me without any reason. 3 With words of hatred they surround me; they attack me without cause.
4 They bring charges against me, even though I love them and pray for them. 4 In return for my friendship they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer.
5 They pay me back with evil for the good things I do. They pay back my love with hatred. 5 They repay me evil for good, and hatred for my friendship.
6 Appoint an evil person to take my enemies to court. Let him stand at their right hand and bring charges against them. 6 Appoint an evil man to oppose him; let an accuser stand at his right hand.
7 When they are tried, let them be found guilty. May even their prayers judge them. 7 When he is tried, let him be found guilty, and may his prayers condemn him.
8 May their days be few. Let others take their places as leaders. 8 May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership.
9 May their children's fathers die. May their wives become widows. 9 May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.
10 May their children be driven from their destroyed homes. May they wander around like beggars. 10 May his children be wandering beggars; may they be driven from their ruined homes.
11 May everything those people own be taken away to pay for what they owe. May strangers rob them of everything they've worked for. 11 May a creditor seize all he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor.
12 May no one be kind to them or take pity on the children they leave behind. 12 May no one extend kindness to him or take pity on his fatherless children.
13 May their family line come to an end. May their names be forgotten by those who live after them. 13 May his descendants be cut off, their names blotted out from the next generation.
14 May the LORD remember the evil things their fathers have done. May he never erase the sins of their mothers. 14 May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the LORD; may the sin of his mother never be blotted out.
15 May the LORD never forget their sins. Then he won't let people remember those sinners anymore. 15 May their sins always remain before the LORD, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth.
16 They never thought about doing anything kind. Instead, they drove those who were poor and needy to their deaths. They did the same thing to those whose hearts were broken. 16 For he never thought of doing a kindness, but hounded to death the poor and the needy and the brokenhearted.
17 They loved to call down curses on others. May their curses come back on them. They didn't find any pleasure in giving anyone their blessing. May no blessing ever come to them. 17 He loved to pronounce a curse-- may it come on him; he found no pleasure in blessing-- may it be far from him.
18 They called down curses on others as easily as they put on clothes. Cursing was as natural to them as getting a drink of water or putting olive oil on their bodies. 18 He wore cursing as his garment; it entered into his body like water, into his bones like oil.
19 May their curses cover them like coats. May their curses be wrapped around them like a belt forever. 19 May it be like a cloak wrapped about him, like a belt tied forever around him.
20 May that be the LORD's way of paying back those who bring charges against me. May it happen to those who say evil things about me. 20 May this be the LORD's payment to my accusers, to those who speak evil of me.
21 But LORD and King, be true to your name. Treat me well. Because your love is so good, save me. 21 But you, O Sovereign LORD, deal well with me for your name's sake; out of the goodness of your love, deliver me.
22 I am poor and needy. My heart is wounded deep down inside me. 22 For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.
23 I fade away like an evening shadow. I'm like a locust that someone brushes off. 23 I fade away like an evening shadow; I am shaken off like a locust.
24 My knees are weak because I've gone without food. My body is very thin. 24 My knees give way from fasting; my body is thin and gaunt.
25 Those who bring charges against me laugh at me. When they see me, they shake their heads at me. 25 I am an object of scorn to my accusers; when they see me, they shake their heads.
26 LORD my God, help me. Save me because you love me. 26 Help me, O LORD my God; save me in accordance with your love.
27 Lord, let my enemies know that you yourself have saved me. You have done it with your own hand. 27 Let them know that it is your hand, that you, O LORD, have done it.
28 They may call down a curse on me. But you will give me your blessing. When they attack me, they will be put to shame. But I will be filled with joy. 28 They may curse, but you will bless; when they attack they will be put to shame, but your servant will rejoice.
29 Those who bring charges against me will be clothed with dishonor. They will be wrapped in shame as if it were a coat. 29 My accusers will be clothed with disgrace and wrapped in shame as in a cloak.
30 With my mouth I will continually praise the Lord. I will praise him when all of his people gather for worship. 30 With my mouth I will greatly extol the LORD; in the great throng I will praise him.
31 He stands ready to help those who need it. He saves them from those who have sentenced them to death. 31 For he stands at the right hand of the needy one, to save his life from those who condemn him.