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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Psalms 109:1-31

To the director. Of David. A melody. 109  O God of my praise,+ do not keep silent.+   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;+   And with words of hatred they have surrounded me,+ And they keep fighting against me without cause.+   For my love they keep resisting me;+ But on my part there is prayer.+   And they render to me bad for good+ And hatred for my love.+   Appoint over him someone wicked, And may a resister*+ himself keep standing at his right hand.   When he is judged, let him go forth as someone wicked; And let his very prayer become a sin.+   Let his days prove to be few;+ His office of oversight* let someone else take.+   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·tan′; Gr., di·a′bo·los; Lat., sa′tan.
“His office of oversight.” Heb., pequd·da·thoh′; Gr., e·pi·sko·pen′ au·tou′; Lat., e·pi·sco·pa′tum e′ius. See 2Ki 11:18; Ac 1:20.
Or, “mention.”
“Man.” Heb., ʼish.
Lit., “one has pierced my heart itself.”