Psalm 109

1 (108-1) <Unto the end, a psalm for David.> (108-2) O God, be not thou silent in my praise:
2 (108-2) for the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful man is opened against me.
3 (108-3) They have spoken against me with deceitful tongues; and they have compassed me about with words of hatred; and have fought against me without cause.
4 (108-4) Instead of making me a return of love, they detracted me: but I gave myself to prayer.
5 (108-5) And they repaid me evil for good: and hatred for my love.
6 (108-6) Set thou the sinner over him: and may the devil stand at his right hand.
7 (108-7) When he is judged, may he go out condemned; and may his prayer be turned to sin.
8 (108-8) May his days be few: and his bishopric let another take.
9 (108-9) May his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.
10 (108-10) Let his children be carried about vagabonds, and beg; and let them be cast out of their dwellings.
11 (108-11) May the usurer search all his substance: and let strangers plunder his labours.
12 (108-12) May there be none to help him: nor none to pity his fatherless offspring.
13 (108-13) May his posterity be cut off; in one generation may his name be blotted out.
14 (108-14) May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered in the sight of the Lord: and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.
15 (108-15) May they be before the Lord continually, and let the memory of them perish from the earth:
16 (108-16) because he remembered not to shew mercy,
17 (108-17) But persecuted the poor man and the beggar; and the broken in heart, to put him to death.
18 (108-18) And he loved cursing, and it shall come unto him: and he would not have blessing, and it shall be far from him. And he put on cursing, like a garment: and it went in like water into his entrails, and like oil in his bones.
19 (108-19) May it be unto him like a garment which covereth him; and like a girdle with which he is girded continually.
20 (108-20) This is the work of them who detract me before the Lord; and who speak evils against my soul.
21 (108-21) But thou, O Lord, do with me for thy name’s sake: because thy mercy is sweet. Do thou deliver me,
22 (108-22) For I am poor and needy, and my heart is troubled within me.
23 (108-23) I am taken away like the shadow when it declineth: and I am shaken off as locusts.
24 (108-24) My knees are weakened through fasting: and my flesh is changed for oil.
25 (108-25) And I am become a reproach to them: they saw me and they shaked their heads.
26 (108-26) Help me, O Lord my God; save me; according to thy mercy.
27 (108-27) And let them know that this is thy hand: and that thou, O Lord, hast done it.
28 (108-28) They will curse and thou wilt bless: let them that rise up against me be confounded: but thy servant shall rejoice.
29 (108-29) Let them that detract me be clothed with shame: and let them be covered with their confusion as with a double cloak.
30 (108-30) I will give great thanks to the Lord with my mouth: and in the midst of many I will praise him.
31 (108-31) Because he hath stood at the right hand of the poor, to save my soul from persecutors.
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