He loved to put curses [on others], so he, too, was cursed. He did not like to bless [others], so he never received a blessing.
He wore cursing as though it were clothing, so cursing entered his body like water and his bones like oil.
Let cursing be his clothing, a belt he always wears."
This is how the LORD rewards those who accuse me, those who say evil things against me.
O LORD Almighty, deal with me out of the goodness of your name. Rescue me because of your mercy.
I am oppressed and needy. I can feel the pain in my heart.
I fade away like a lengthening shadow. I have been shaken off like a grasshopper.
My knees give way because I have been fasting. My body has become lean, without any fat.
I have become the victim of my enemies' insults. They look at me and shake their heads.
Help me, O LORD my God. Save me because of your mercy.
Then they will know that this is your doing, that you, O LORD, are the one who saved me.