Psalms

Psalm 109 ©

1David complaining of the slanders and ingratitude of his enemies devoteth them to destruction; 21complaining of his own misery he prayeth for help; 30he promiseth thankfulness.

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To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.

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HOLDa not thy peace, O bGod of my praise;

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For cthe mouth of the wicked and the 1mouth of the deceitful 2are opened against me: dthey have spoken against me with a lying tongue.

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They *compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me ewithout a cause.

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fFor my love they are my adversaries: gbut I give myself unto prayer.

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

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iSet thou a wicked man over him: and let 3Satan jstand at his right hand.

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kWhen he shall be judged, let him 4be condemned: and llet his prayer become sin.

k Ps. 1.5.
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mLet his days be few; and let another take his 5office.

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nLet his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.

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oLet his children pbe continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places.

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qLet the extortioner catch all that he hath; and rlet the strangers spoil his labour.

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Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favour his fatherless children.

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

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

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uLet them be before the LORD continually, that he may vcut off the memory of them from the earth.

v Job 18.17. Ps. 34.16. v.13.
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Because wthat he remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted xthe poor and needy man, that he might even slay ythe broken in heart.

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As zhe loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him.

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As ahe clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come 6into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.

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bLet it be unto him as the garment which covereth him, and for a girdle wherewith he is *girded continually.

b Is. 66.24. v.29.
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Let cthis be the reward of mine adversaries from the LORD, and of them that speak evil against my soul.

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But ddo thou for me, O GOD the Lord, for thy name's sake: ebecause thy mercy is good, deliver thou me.

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

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I gam gone like the shadow when it declineth: I am htossed up and down as the locust.

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My iknees are weak through fasting; and my flesh faileth of fatness.

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I jbecame also a reproach unto them: when they looked upon me they shaked their heads.

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kHelp me, O LORD my God: lO save me according to thy mercy:

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mThat they may know that this is thy hand; that thou, LORD, hast done it.

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nLet them curse, but bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant rejoice.

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oLet mine adversaries be clothed with shame, and let them pcover themselves with their own confusion, as with a *mantle.

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I qwill greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude.

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For rhe shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him 7from those that condemn his soul.