To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.
Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise;||
The psalmist asks God to do all sorts of unpleasant things to his enemies. "Set thou a wicked man over him; and let
Satan stand at his right hand .... Let his prayer become sin." He asks God to take away his possessions,
kill him, and have his children suffer for the sins of their fathers.
How should we treat our enemies?
(109:6) "Let Satan stand at his right hand."
(109:7) "Let his prayer become sin."
"Let his days be few; and let another take his office."
(109:9) "Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow."
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(109:10) "Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg."
(109:11) "Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour."
(109:12) "Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be
any to favour his fatherless children."
(109:13) "Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following
let their name be blotted out."
(109:14) "Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the LORD;
and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out."
For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened
against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.
They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me
without a cause.
For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer.
And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.
Set thou a wicked man
over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand.
When he shall be
judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin.
Let his days be few;
and let another take his office.
Let his children be
fatherless, and his wife a widow.
Let his children be
continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their
Let the extortioner
catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour.
Let there be none to
extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favour his fatherless
Let his posterity be
cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out.
Let the iniquity of
his fathers be remembered with the LORD; and let not the sin of his mother
be blotted out.
Let them be before the LORD continually, that he may cut off the memory of
them from the earth.
Because that he remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the poor and
needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.
As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in
blessing, so let it be far from him.||
As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it
come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.||
Let it be unto him as the garment which covereth him, and for a girdle
wherewith he is girded continually.||
Let this be the reward of mine adversaries from the LORD, and of them that
speak evil against my soul.||
But do thou for me, O GOD the Lord, for thy name's sake: because thy mercy
is good, deliver thou me.||
For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.||
I am gone like the shadow when it declineth: I am tossed up and down as
My knees are weak through fasting; and my flesh faileth of fatness.||
I became also a reproach unto them: when they looked upon me they shaked
Help me, O LORD my God: O save me according to thy mercy:||
That they may know that this is thy hand; that thou, LORD, hast done it.||
Let them curse, but bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but
let thy servant rejoice.||
Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame, and let them cover themselves
with their own confusion, as with a mantle.||
I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among
For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those
that condemn his soul.