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Psalms 109

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 1 Do not keep silent, O God of my praise;

 2 For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me; they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.

 3 They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause.

 4 [In return] for my love they have become my adversaries; but I give myself to prayer.

 5 And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.

 6 Set a wicked man over him; and let the accuser [Satan] stand at his right hand.

 7 When he shall be judged, let him be condemned; and let his prayer become sin.

 8 Let his days be few; and let another take his office.

 9 Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.

 10 Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg; let them seek their bread far from their their ruined dwellings.

 11 Let the extortioner catch all that he has; and let the strangers spoil his labor.

 12 Let there be no one to extend mercy to him; neither let there be any to favor his fatherless children.

 13 Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following, let their name be blotted out.

 14 Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the LORD; and do not let the sin of his mother be blotted out.

 15 Let them be before the LORD continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth.

 16 Because he remembered not to show mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.

 17 As he loved cursing, so let it come to him; as he did not delight in blessing, so let it be far from him.

 18 As he clothed himself with cursing like it was his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.

 19 Let it be to him as the garment that covers him, and for a girdle with which he is girded continually.

 20 Let this be the reward of my adversaries from the LORD, and of those who speak evil against my soul.

 21 But do good for me, O GOD the Lord, for your name's sake; because your mercy is good, deliver you me.

 22 For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.

 23 I am gone like the shadow when it declines; I am tossed up and down as the locust.

 24 My knees are weak through fasting; and my flesh fails of fatness.

 25 I became also a reproach to them, when they looked upon me they shook their heads.

 26 Help me, O LORD my God; O save me according to your mercy.

 27 That they may know that this is your hand; that you, LORD, have done it.

 28 Let them curse, but bless you; when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let your servant rejoice.

 29 Let my adversaries be clothed with shame, and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a mantle.

 30 I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; yes, I will praise him among the multitude.

 31 For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul.


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