Vengeance Invoked upon Adversaries.
For the choir director. A Psalm of David.
1 O God R3529 of my praise,
Do R3530 not be silent!
2 For they have opened the wicked F1231 and deceitful R3531 mouth against me;
They have spoken against F1232 me with a lying R3532 tongue.
3 They have also surrounded me with words of hatred,
And fought against me without R3533 cause.
4 In return for R3534 my love they act as my accusers;
But I R3535 am in prayer.
5 Thus they have repaid R3536 F1233 me evil for good
And hatred R3537 for my love.
6 Appoint a wicked man over him,
And let an accuser R3538 F1234 stand at his right hand.
7 When he is judged, let him come R3539 forth guilty,
And let his prayer R3540 become sin.
8 Let his R3541 days be few;
Let another R3542 take his office.
9 Let his children R3543 be fatherless
And his wife R3544 a widow.
10 Let his children R3545 wander about and beg;
And let them seek R3546 sustenance far F1235 from their ruined homes.
11 Let the R3547 creditor seize F1236 all that he has,
And let strangers R3548 plunder the product of his labor.
12 Let there be none to extend R3549 F1237 lovingkindness to him,
Nor any R3550 to be gracious to his fatherless children.
13 Let his posterity R3551 be cut F1238 off;
In a following generation let their name R3552 be blotted out.
14 Let the R3553 iniquity of his fathers be remembered before F1239 the LORD,
And do not let the sin of his mother be blotted R3554 out.
15 Let them R3555 be before the LORD continually,
That He may cut R3556 off their memory from the earth;
16 Because he did not remember to show lovingkindness,
But persecuted the afflicted R3557 and needy man,
And the despondent R3558 in heart, to put R3559 them to death.
17 He also loved cursing, so it R3560 came to him;
And he did not delight in blessing, so it was far from him.
18 But he clothed R3561 himself with cursing as with his garment,
And it entered R3562 into his F1240 body like water
And like oil into his bones.
19 Let it be to him as a R3563 garment with which he covers himself,
And for a belt with which he constantly girds R3564 himself.
20 Let F1241 this be the reward R3565 of my accusers from the LORD,
And of those who speak R3566 evil against my soul.
21 But You, O GOD F1242 , the Lord, deal kindly with me for R3567 Your name's sake;
Because Your R3568 lovingkindness is good, deliver me;
22 For I R3569 am afflicted and needy,
And my F1243 heart is wounded R3570 within me.
23 I am passing like R3571 a shadow when it lengthens;
I am shaken off like R3572 the locust.
24 My knees R3573 are F1244 weak from fasting, R3574
And my flesh has grown lean, without fatness.
25 I also have become a reproach R3575 to them;
When they see me, they wag R3576 their head.
26 Help R3577 me, O LORD my God;
Save me according to Your lovingkindness.
27 And F1245 let them know R3578 that this is Your hand;
You, LORD, have done it.
28 Let R3579 them curse, but You bless;
When they arise, they shall be ashamed,
But Your servant R3580 shall be glad.
29 Let F1246 my R3581 accusers be clothed with dishonor,
And let F1247 them cover R3582 themselves with their own shame as with a robe.
30 With my mouth I will give thanks abundantly to the LORD;
And in the midst of many I R3583 will praise Him.
31 For He stands at R3584 the right hand of the needy,
To save him from those who judge R3585 his soul.
F1231: Many Hebrew mss read The one who performs
F1232: Lit of
F1233: I.e. people
F1234: Lit with
F1235: I.e. wonderful acts
F1236: Lit the multitude of Your lovingkindnesses
F1237: Lit Sea of Reeds
F1238: Lit Sea of Reeds
F1239: Or power
F1240: Or put God to the test
F1241: Or leanness into their soul
F1242: Or assembly, band
F1243: Or assembly, band
F1244: I.e. Wonderful acts
F1245: Lit Sea of Reeds
F1246: Lit lifted up His hand
F1247: Or Baal of Peor
R3529: Deuteronomy 10:21
R3530: Psalms 28:1; 83:1
R3531: Psalms 10:7; 52:4
R3532: Psalms 120:2
R3533: Psalms 35:7; 69:4; John 15:25
R3534: Psalms 38:20
R3535: Psalms 69:13; 141:5
R3536: Psalms 35:12; 38:20
R3537: John 7:7; 10:32
R3538: Zechariah 3:1
R3539: Psalms 1:5
R3540: Proverbs 28:9
R3541: Psalms 55:23
R3542: Acts 1:20
R3543: Exodus 22:24
R3544: Jeremiah 18:21
R3545: Genesis 4:12; Job 1:30:5-8; Psalms 59:15
R3546: Psalms 37:25
R3547: Nehemiah 5:7; Job 1:5:5; 20:15
R3548: Isaiah 1:7; Lamentations 5:2; Ezekiel 7:21
R3549: Ezra 7:28; 9:9
R3550: Job 1:5:4; Isaiah 9:17
R3551: Job 1:18:19; Psalms 21:10; 37:28
R3552: Psalms 9:5; Proverbs 10:7
R3553: Exodus 20:5; Numbers 14:18; Isaiah 65:6,7; Jeremiah 32:18
R3554: Nehemiah 4:5; Jeremiah 18:23
R3555: Psalms 90:8; Jeremiah 16:17
R3556: Job 1:18:17; Psalms 34:16
R3557: Psalms 37:14
R3558: Psalms 34:18
R3559: Psalms 37:32; 94:6
R3560: Proverbs 14:14; Ezekiel 35:9; Matthew 7:2
R3561: Psalms 73:6; 109:29; Ezekiel 7:27
R3562: Numbers 5:22
R3563: Psalms 73:6; 109:29; Ezekiel 7:27
R3564: 2 Samuel 22:40; Psalms 30:11; Isaiah 11:5
R3565: Psalms 54:5; 94:23; Isaiah 3:11; 2 Timothy 4:14
R3566: Psalms 41:5; 71:10
R3567: Psalms 23:3; 25:11; 79:9; 106:8; Ezekiel 36:22
R3568: Psalms 69:16
R3569: Psalms 40:17; 86:1
R3570: Job 1:24:12; Psalms 143:4; Proverbs 18:14
R3571: Psalms 102:11
R3572: Exodus 10:19; Job 1:39:20
R3573: Hebrews 12:12
R3574: Psalms 35:13
R3575: Psalms 22:6
R3576: Psalms 22:7; Jeremiah 18:16; Lamentations 2:15; Matthew 27:39; Mark 15:29
R3577: Psalms 119:86
R3578: Job 1:37:7
R3579: 2 Samuel 16:11,12
R3580: Isaiah 65:14
R3581: Job 1:8:22; Psalms 132:18
R3582: Job 1:8:22; Psalms 35:26
R3583: Psalms 22:22; 35:18; 111:1
R3584: Psalms 16:8; 73:23; 110:5; 121:5
R3585: Psalms 37:33