Psalms 109:17-18

17 He loved to pronounce a curse— may it come back on him. He found no pleasure in blessing— may it be far from him.
18 He wore cursing as his garment; it entered into his body like water, into his bones like oil.

Psalms 109:17 in Other Translations

KJV
17 As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him.
ESV
17 He loved to curse; let curses come upon him! He did not delight in blessing; may it be far from him!
NLT
17 He loved to curse others; now you curse him. He never blessed others; now don’t you bless him.
MSG
17 Since he loved cursing so much, let curses rain down; Since he had no taste for blessing, let blessings flee far from him.
CSB
17 He loved cursing-let it fall on him; he took no delight in blessing-let it be far from him.

Psalms 109:17-18 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 109:17-18 In-Context

15 May their sins always remain before the LORD, that he may blot out their name from the earth.
16 For he never thought of doing a kindness, but hounded to death the poor and the needy and the brokenhearted.
17 He loved to pronounce a curse— may it come back on him. He found no pleasure in blessing— may it be far from him.
18 He wore cursing as his garment; it entered into his body like water, into his bones like oil.
19 May it be like a cloak wrapped about him, like a belt tied forever around him.
20 May this be the LORD’s payment to my accusers, to those who speak evil of me.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Proverbs 28:27; S Matthew 7:2; Proverbs 14:14; Ezekiel 35:6
  • 2. Psalms 10:7; Psalms 73:6
  • 3. Numbers 5:22
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