109 1 Be not silent, O God of my praise!
109 2 For wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me,
speaking against me with lying tongues.
109 3 They beset me with words of hate,
and attack me without cause.
109 4 In return for my love they accuse me,
even as I make prayer for them.
109 5 So they reward me evil for good,
and hatred for my love.
109 6 Appoint a wicked man against him;
let an accuser bring him to trial.
109 7 When he is tried, let him come forth guilty;
let his prayer be counted as sin!
109 8 May his days be few;
may another seize his goods!
109 9 May his children be fatherless,
and his wife a widow!
109 10 May his children wander about and beg;
may they be driven out of the ruins they inhabit!
109 11 May the creditor seize all that he has;
may strangers plunder the fruits of his toil!
109 12 Let there be none to extend kindness to him,
nor any to pity his fatherless children!
109 13 May his posterity be cut off;
may his name be blotted out in the second generation!
109 14 May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the LORD,
and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out!
109 15 Let them be before the LORD continually;
and may his memory be cut off from the earth!
109 16 For he did not remember to show kindness,
but pursued the poor and needy and the brokenhearted to their death.
109 17 He loved to curse; let curses come on him!
He did not like blessing; may it be far from him!
109 18 He clothed himself with cursing as his coat,
may it soak into his body like water, like oil into his bones!
109 19 May it be like a garment which he wraps round him,
like a belt with which he daily girds himself!
109 20 May this be the reward of my accusers from the LORD,
of those who speak evil against my life!
109 21 But thou, O GOD my Lord, deal on my behalf for thy name's sake;
because thy steadfast love is good, deliver me!
109 22 For I am poor and needy,
and my heart is stricken within me.
109 23 I am gone, like a shadow at evening;
I am shaken off like a locust.
109 24 My knees are weak through fasting;
my body has become gaunt.
109 25 I am an object of scorn to my accusers;
when they see me, they wag their heads.
109 26 Help me, O LORD my God!
Save me according to thy steadfast love!
109 27 Let them know that this is thy hand;
thou, O LORD, hast done it!
109 28 Let them curse, but do thou bless!
Let my assailants be put to shame;
may thy servant be glad!
109 29 May my accusers be clothed with dishonor;
may they be wrapped in their own shame as in a mantle!
109 30 With my mouth I will give great thanks to the LORD;
I will praise him in the midst of the throng.
109 31 For he stands at the right hand of the needy,
to save him from those who condemn him to death.