Psalm 109
Prayer against an Enemy
For the choir director. A psalm of David.
1God of my praise, do not be silent.109:1 Ps 28:1; 83:1
2For wicked and deceitful mouths open against me;
they speak against me with lying tongues.109:2 Ps 10:7; 52:4; 120:2
3They surround me with hateful words
and attack me without cause.109:3 Ps 35:7; 69:4; Jn 15:25
4In return for my love they accuse me,
but I continue to pray.109:4 Lit but I, prayer109:4 Ps 69:13
5They repay me evil for good,
and hatred for my love.109:5 Ps 35:12; 38:20

6Set a wicked person over him;
let an accuser109:6 Or adversary stand at his right hand.109:6 Zch 3:1
7When he is judged, let him be found guilty,
and let his prayer be counted as sin.109:7 Ps 1:5; Pr 28:9
8Let his days be few;
let another take over his position.109:8 Ps 55:23; Ac 1:20
9Let his children be fatherless
and his wife a widow.109:9 Ex 22:24
10Let his children wander as beggars,
searching for food far109:10 LXX reads beggars, driven far from their demolished homes.109:10 Jb 30:5–8; Ps 59:15
11Let a creditor seize all he has;
let strangers plunder what he has worked for.109:11 Dt 28:43–44; Lm 5:2
12Let no one show him kindness,
and let no one be gracious to his fatherless children.109:12 Jb 5:4
13Let the line of his descendants be cut off;
let their name be blotted out in the next generation.109:13 Jb 18:17,19; Ps 9:5; Pr 10:7
14Let the iniquity of his fathers
be remembered before the Lord,109:14 Ex 20:5; Nm 14:18
and do not let his mother’s sin be blotted out.109:14 Neh 4:5; Jr 18:23
15Let their sins109:15 Lit Let them always remain before the Lord,
and let him remove109:15 Or cut off all memory of them from the earth.109:15 Ps 34:16; 90:8; Jr 16:17

16For he did not think to show kindness,
but pursued the suffering, needy, and brokenhearted
in order to put them to death.109:16 Ps 34:18; 94:6
17He loved cursing — let it fall on him;
he took no delight in blessing — let it be far from him.109:17 Pr 14:14; Ezk 35:6; Mt 7:2
18He wore cursing like his coat —
let it enter his body like water
and go into his bones like oil.109:18 Nm 5:22
19Let it be like a robe he wraps around himself,
like a belt he always wears.109:19 Ps 73:26
20Let this be the Lord’s payment to my accusers,
to those who speak evil against me.109:20 Ps 54:5; 94:23; Is 3:11

21But you, Lord, my Lord,
deal kindly with me for your name’s sake;109:21 Ps 79:9; 106:8
because your faithful love is good, rescue me.109:21 Ps 69:16
22For I am suffering and needy;109:22 Ps 40:17; 86:1
my heart is wounded within me.109:22 Ps 143:4
23I fade away like a lengthening shadow;109:23 Ps 102:11
I am shaken off like a locust.
24My knees are weak from fasting,
and my body is emaciated.109:24 Lit denied from fat109:24 Jb 16:8; Ps 35:13
25I have become an object of ridicule to my accusers;109:25 Lit to them
when they see me, they shake their heads in scorn.109:25 Ps 22:6–7; 69:19

26Help me, Lord my God;
save me according to your faithful love109:26 Ps 119:86
27so they may know that this is your hand
and that you, Lord, have done it.109:27 Jb 37:7
28Though they curse, you will bless.
When they rise up, they will be put to shame,
but your servant will rejoice.109:28 2Sm 16:11–12; Is 65:14
29My accusers will be clothed with disgrace;
they will wear their shame like a cloak.109:29 Jb 8:22; Ps 35:26; 132:18
30I will fervently thank the Lord with my mouth;
I will praise him in the presence of many.109:30 Ps 22:22,25; 35:18; 111:1
31For he stands at the right hand of the needy
to save him from those who would condemn him.109:31 Ps 16:8; 110:5; 121:5