Psalm 109 - Legacy Standard Bible
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Psalm 109

O God, Do Not Be Silent

For the choir director. Of David. A Psalm.

O God of my praise,
Do not be silent!
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For they have opened a wicked mouth and a deceitful mouth against me;
They have spoken to me with a lying tongue.
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They have also surrounded me with words of hatred,
And fought against me without cause.
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In return for my love they accuse me;
But I am in prayer.
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Thus they have set upon me evil for good
And hatred for my love.

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Appoint a wicked man over him,
And let an accuser stand at his right hand.
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When he is judged, let him come forth a wicked man,
And let his prayer become sin.
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Let his days be few;
Let another take his office.
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Let his sons be orphans
And his wife a widow.
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Let his sons wander aimlessly and beg;
And let them search for food from their ruined homes.
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Let the creditor seize all that he has,
And let strangers plunder the fruit of his labor.
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Let there be none to extend lovingkindness to him,
And let there be none to be gracious to his orphans.
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Let those who follow him be cut off;
In a following generation let their name be blotted out.

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Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before Yahweh,
And let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.
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Let them be before Yahweh continually,
That He may cut off their memory from the earth;
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Because he did not remember to show lovingkindness,
But persecuted the afflicted, the needy man,
And the disheartened to put them to death.
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He also loved cursing, so it came to him;
And he did not delight in blessing, so it was far from him.
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But he clothed himself with cursing as his garment,
And it came into his inward parts like water
And like oil into his bones.
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Let it be to him as a garment with which he wraps himself,
And for a belt with which he constantly girds himself.
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This is the reward of my accusers from Yahweh,
And of those who speak evil against my soul.

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But as for You, O Yahweh, O Lord, deal with me for Your name’s sake;
Because Your lovingkindness is good, deliver me;
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For I am afflicted and needy,
And my heart is pierced within me.
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I am passing like a shadow when it is stretched out;
I am shaken off like the locust.
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My knees are feeble from fasting,
And my flesh has grown lean, without fatness.
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As for me, I have become a reproach to them;
They see me, they wag their head.

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Help me, O Yahweh my God;
Save me according to Your lovingkindness.
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And let them know that this is Your hand;
You, O Yahweh, have done it.
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Let them curse, but You bless;
They arise and will be put to shame,
But Your slave shall be glad.
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Let my accusers be clothed with dishonor,
And let them wrap themselves with their own shame as with a robe.

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With my mouth I will give thanks abundantly to Yahweh;
And in the midst of many I will praise Him.
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For He stands at the right hand of the needy,
To save him from those who judge his soul.