Psalm 109

English Standard Version

1 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. Be not silent, O God of my praise! (De 10:21; Ps 28:1; Ps 71:6; Jer 17:14) 2 For wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me, speaking against me with lying tongues. (Ps 52:4) 3 They encircle me with words of hate, and attack me without cause. (Ps 69:4) 4 In return for my love they accuse me, but I give myself to prayer.[1] (Ps 38:20; Ps 69:13) 5 So they reward me evil for good, and hatred for my love. (Ps 35:12) 6 Appoint a wicked man against him; let an accuser stand at his right hand. (1Ch 21:1; Job 30:12; Ps 35:4; Ps 69:22; Zec 3:1) 7 When he is tried, let him come forth guilty; let his prayer be counted as sin! (Pr 15:8; Pr 21:27; Pr 28:9) 8 May his days be few; may another take his office! (Nu 4:16; 1Ch 24:3; Ps 55:23; Ac 1:20) 9 May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow! (Ex 22:24) 10 May his children wander about and beg, seeking food far from the ruins they inhabit! (Ge 4:12; Ps 37:25; Ps 59:15) 11 May the creditor seize all that he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his toil! (De 28:43) 12 Let there be none to extend kindness to him, nor any to pity his fatherless children! (Job 5:4; Ps 36:10) 13 May his posterity be cut off; may his name be blotted out in the second generation! (Ps 21:10; Pr 10:7) 14 May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the Lord, and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out! (Ex 20:5; Ne 4:5; Jer 18:23) 15 Let them be before the Lord continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth! (Ps 34:16; Ps 90:8) 16 For he did not remember to show kindness, but pursued the poor and needy and the brokenhearted, to put them to death. (Ps 34:18; Ps 40:17; Ps 109:22) 17 He loved to curse; let curses come[2] upon him! He did not delight in blessing; may it be far[3] from him! (Pr 14:14; Eze 35:6) 18 He clothed himself with cursing as his coat; may it soak[4] into his body like water, like oil into his bones! (Nu 5:22; Ps 73:6; Ps 109:29) 19 May it be like a garment that he wraps around him, like a belt that he puts on every day! 20 May this be the reward of my accusers from the Lord, of those who speak evil against my life! (Ps 109:6; Ps 109:29) 21 But you, O God my Lord, deal on my behalf for your name’s sake; because your steadfast love is good, deliver me! (Ps 23:3; Ps 63:3; Ps 69:16; Jer 14:7) 22 For I am poor and needy, and my heart is stricken within me. (Ps 109:16) 23 I am gone like a shadow at evening; I am shaken off like a locust. (Ex 10:19; Ne 5:13; Job 38:13; Ps 102:11) 24 My knees are weak through fasting; my body has become gaunt, with no fat. (Job 16:8; Ps 35:13) 25 I am an object of scorn to my accusers; when they see me, they wag their heads. (Ps 22:6; Ps 22:7; Ps 69:19) 26 Help me, O Lord my God! Save me according to your steadfast love! (Ps 119:86) 27 Let them know that this is your hand; you, O Lord, have done it! (Job 37:7) 28 Let them curse, but you will bless! They arise and are put to shame, but your servant will be glad! (2Sa 16:12; Isa 65:14) 29 May my accusers be clothed with dishonor; may they be wrapped in their own shame as in a cloak! (Job 8:22; Ps 35:26; Ps 71:13; Ps 109:18) 30 With my mouth I will give great thanks to the Lord; I will praise him in the midst of the throng. (Ps 22:25) 31 For he stands at the right hand of the needy one, to save him from those who condemn his soul to death. (Ps 16:8; Ps 109:6)