Psalm 109 NIV

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

1 O God, whom I praise,1 do not remain silent,2

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2 for wicked and deceitful men3 have opened their mouths against me; they have spoken against me with lying tongues.4

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3 With words of hatred5 they surround me; they attack me without cause.6

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4 In return for my friendship they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer.7

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5 They repay me evil for good,8 and hatred for my friendship.

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6 Appointa an evil manb to oppose him; let an accuserc9 stand at his right hand.

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    • a 109:6 - Or "[They say:] "Appoint" (with quotation marks at the end of verse 19)
    • b 109:6 - Or "the Evil One"
    • c 109:6 - Or "let Satan"
      7 When he is tried, let him be found guilty,10 and may his prayers condemn11 him.

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      8 May his days be few;12 may another take his place13 of leadership.

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      9 May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.14

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      10 May his children be wandering beggars;15 may they be drivend from their ruined homes.

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        • d 109:10 - Septuagint; Hebrew "sought"
          11 May a creditor16 seize all he has; may strangers plunder17 the fruits of his labor.18

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          12 May no one extend kindness to him or take pity19 on his fatherless children.

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          13 May his descendants be cut off,20 their names blotted out21 from the next generation.

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          14 May the iniquity of his fathers22 be remembered before the LORD; may the sin of his mother never be blotted out.

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          15 May their sins always remain before23 the LORD, that he may cut off the memory24 of them from the earth.

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          16 For he never thought of doing a kindness, but hounded to death the poor and the needy25 and the brokenhearted.26

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          17 He loved to pronounce a curse-- may ite come on him;27 he found no pleasure in blessing-- may it bef far from him.

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            • e 109:17 - Or "curse, / and it has"
            • f 109:17 - Or "blessing, / and it is"
              18 He wore cursing28 as his garment; it entered into his body like water,29 into his bones like oil.

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              19 May it be like a cloak wrapped30 about him, like a belt tied forever around him.

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              20 May this be the LORD's payment31 to my accusers, to those who speak evil32 of me.

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              21 But you, O Sovereign LORD, deal well with me for your name's sake;33 out of the goodness of your love,34 deliver me.35

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              22 For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.
              23 I fade away like an evening shadow;36 I am shaken off like a locust.

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              24 My knees give37 way from fasting;38 my body is thin and gaunt.39

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              25 I am an object of scorn40 to my accusers; when they see me, they shake their heads.41

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              26 Help me,42 O LORD my God; save me in accordance with your love.

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              27 Let them know43 that it is your hand, that you, O LORD, have done it.

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              28 They may curse,44 but you will bless; when they attack they will be put to shame, but your servant will rejoice.45

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              29 My accusers will be clothed with disgrace and wrapped in shame46 as in a cloak.

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              30 With my mouth I will greatly extol the LORD; in the great throng47 I will praise him.

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              31 For he stands at the right hand48 of the needy one, to save his life from those who condemn him.

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