THE *BOOK OF
Psalm 109 ©
David complains of his false accusers which requited him evil for good, wishing by prophetical inspiration all kind of mischief to the obdurate and their generation, and praying to God for salvation and deliverance out of his great misery, promising to be thankful.
To the 1chief Musician, A Psalm of David.
HOLD2 not thy peace, O God of 3my praise;
For the mouth of the wicked and 4the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: 5they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.
They compassed me about also 6with words of hatred; and foughta against me without a cause.
7For my love they are my adversaries: 8but I give myself unto prayer.
And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.
9Set thou a wicked man over him: and 10let 11Satan stand at his right hand.
When he shall be judged, let him be 12condemned: and let 13hisb prayer become sin.
Let 14his days be few; and let another take his 15office.
16Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.
Let his children be continually 17vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also 18out of their desolate places.
Let 19the extortioner 20catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil 21his labour.
Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favour his fatherless children.
Let 22his posterity be cut off; and 23in the generation following let their name 24be blotted out.
Let the 25iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the LORD; and let not 26the sin of his mother be blotted out.
Let them be before the LORD 27continually, thatc28he may cut off 29the memory of them from the earth.
Because that he remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay 30the broken in heart.
31As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not 32in blessing, so let it be 33far from him.
As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.
Let 34it be unto him as the garment which covereth him, and for a girdle wherewith he is girded continually.
Let this be 35the reward of mine adversaries from the LORD, and of them 36that speak evil against my soul.
But 37do thou for me, O GOD the Lord, for thy name's sake: because thy mercy is good, deliver thou me.
For I am poor and needy, and 38my heart is wounded within me.
I am gone like the shadow 39when it declineth: I am 40tossed up and down 41as the locust.
My knees are weak through fasting; and my flesh faileth 42of fatness.
43I became also a reproach unto them: when they looked upon me they 44shaked their heads.
Help me, O LORD my God: O save me according to thy mercy:
That they may know 45that this is thy hand; that thou, LORD, hast done it.
Let them curse, but bless thou: when they 46arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant rejoice.
Let mine adversaries be clothed 47with shame, and let them cover themselves with 48their own confusion, as with a mantle.
I will 49greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; yea, I will praise him 50among the multitude.
For he shall stand 51at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn 52his soul.