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Chapter 109

109:1 For the Leader. A Psalm of David. O God of my praise, keep not silence;

109:2 For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of deceit have they opened against me; they have spoken unto me with a lying tongue.

109:3 They compassed me about also with words of hatred, and fought against me without a cause.

109:4 In return for my love they are my adversaries; but I am all prayer.

109:5 And they have laid upon me evil for good, and hatred for my love:

109:6 'Set Thou a wicked man over him; and let an adversary stand at his right hand.

109:7 When he is judged, let him go forth condemned; and let his prayer be turned into sin.

109:8 Let his days be few; let another take his charge.

109:9 Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.

109:10 Let his children be vagabonds, and beg; and let them seek their bread out of their desolate places.

109:11 Let the creditor distrain all that he hath; and let strangers make spoil of his labour.

109:12 Let there be none to extend kindness unto him; neither let there be any to be gracious unto his fatherless children.

109:13 Let his posterity be cut off; in the generation following let their name be blotted out.

109:14 Let the iniquity of his fathers be brought to remembrance unto the Lord; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.

109:15 Let them be before the Lord continually, that He may cut off the memory of them from the earth.

109:16 Because that he remembered not to do kindness, but persecuted the poor and needy man, and the broken in heart he was ready to slay.

109:17 Yea, he loved cursing, and it came unto him; and he delighted not in blessing, and it is far from him.

109:18 He clothed himself also with cursing as with his raiment, and it is come into his inward parts like water, and like oil into his bones.

109:19 Let it be unto him as the garment which he putteth on, and for the girdle wherewith he is girded continually.'

109:20 This would mine adversaries effect from the Lord, and they that speak evil against my soul.

109:21 But Thou, O GOD the Lord, deal with me for Thy name's sake; because Thy mercy is good, deliver Thou me.

109:22 For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.

109:23 I am gone like the shadow when it lengtheneth; I am shaken off as the locust.

109:24 My knees totter through fasting; and my flesh is lean, and hath no fatness.

109:25 I am become also a taunt unto them; when they see me, they shake their head.

109:26 Help me, O the Lord my God; O save me according to Thy mercy;

109:27 That they may know that this is Thy hand; that Thou, the Lord, hast done it.

109:28 Let them curse, but bless Thou; when they arise, they shall be put to shame, but Thy servant shall rejoice.

109:29 Mine adversaries shall be clothed with confusion, and shall put on their own shame as a robe.

109:30 I will give great thanks unto the Lord with my mouth; yea, I will praise Him among the multitude;

109:31 Because He standeth at the right hand of the needy, to save him from them that judge his soul.

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