To the director. Of David. A melody. 109 O God of my praise,+ do not keep silent.+ 2 For the mouth of the wicked one and the mouth of deception have opened against me.+They have spoken about me with the tongue of falsehood;+ 3 And with words of hatred they have surrounded me,+And they keep fighting against me without cause.+ 4 For my love they keep resisting me;+But on my part there is prayer.+ 5 And they render to me bad for good+And hatred for my love.+ 6 Appoint over him someone wicked,And may a resister*+ himself keep standing at his right hand. 7 When he is judged, let him go forth as someone wicked;And let his very prayer become a sin.+ 8 Let his days prove to be few;+His office of oversight* let someone else take.+ 9 Let his sons become fatherless boys+And his wife be a widow.+ 10 And without fail let his sons go wandering about;+And they must do begging,And they must look for [food] from their desolate places.+ 11 Let the usurer lay out traps for all that he has,+And let strangers+ make plunder of his product of toil.+ 12 May he come to have no one extending loving-kindness,+And may there prove to be no one showing favor to his fatherless boys. 13 Let his posterity be for cutting off.+In the following generation let their name be wiped out.+ 14 Let the error of his forefathers be remembered to Jehovah,+And the sin of his mother+—may it not be wiped out.+ 15 Let them prove to be in front of Jehovah constantly;+And may he cut off the remembrance* of them from the very earth;+ 16 For the reason that he did not remember to exercise loving-kindness,+But he kept pursuing the afflicted and poor man*+And the one dejected at heart, to put [him] to death.+ 17 And he kept loving the malediction,+ so that it came upon him;+And he did not take delight in the blessing,+So that it became far away from him;+ 18 And he came to be clothed with malediction as his garment.+So it came like waters into the midst of him+And like oil into his bones. 19 May it prove to be for him like a garment with which he enwraps himself+And as a girdle that he keeps girded about himself constantly.+ 20 This is the wages from Jehovah of the one resisting me+And of those speaking evil against my soul.+ 21 But you are Jehovah the Sovereign+ Lord.Deal with me for the sake of your name.+Because your loving-kindness is good, deliver+ me. 22 For I am afflicted and poor,+And my heart itself has been pierced* within me.+ 23 Like a shadow when it declines, I am obliged to go away;+I have been shaken off like a locust. 24 My knees themselves have swayed from fasting,+And my very flesh has grown lean, without any oil.+ 25 And to them I myself have become something reproachable.+They see me—they begin wagging their head.+ 26 Help me, O Jehovah my God;+Save me according to your loving-kindness.+ 27 And may they know that this is your hand;+That you yourself, O Jehovah, have done it.+ 28 Let them, for their part, pronounce a malediction,+But may you, for your part, pronounce a blessing.+They have risen up, but let them be ashamed,+And let your own servant rejoice.+ 29 Let those resisting me be clothed with humiliation,+And let them enwrap themselves with their shame just as with a sleeveless coat.+ 30 I shall laud Jehovah very much with my mouth,+And in among many people I shall praise him.+ 31 For he will stand at the right hand of the poor,+To save [him] from those judging his soul.
^ “And . . . a resister.” Heb., wesa·tanʹ; Gr., di·aʹbo·los; Lat., saʹtan.
^ “His office of oversight.” Heb., pequd·da·thohʹ; Gr., e·pi·sko·penʹ au·touʹ; Lat., e·pi·sco·paʹtum eʹius. See 2Ki 11:18; Ac 1:20.
^ Or, “mention.”
^ “Man.” Heb., ʼish.
^ Lit., “one has pierced my heart itself.”