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- Ps 109
Help Me, O Lord My God
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
1091tBe not silent, O uGod of my praise!
2For wicked and vdeceitful mouths are opened against me,
speaking against me with lying tongues.
3They encircle me with words of hate,
and attack me wwithout cause.
4In return for my love they xaccuse me,
but I ygive myself to prayer.1
5So they zreward me evil for good,
and hatred for my love.
6aAppoint a wicked man bagainst him;
let an accuser stand cat his right hand.
7When he is tried, let him come forth guilty;
let his dprayer be counted as sin!
8May his edays be few;
may fanother take his goffice!
9May his hchildren be fatherless
and his wife a widow!
10May his children iwander about and beg,
jseeking food far from the ruins they inhabit!
11May kthe creditor seize all that he has;
may kstrangers plunder the fruits of his toil!
12Let there be none to lextend kindness to him,
nor any to mpity his fatherless children!
13May his nposterity be cut off;
may his oname be blotted out in the second generation!
14May pthe iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the Lord,
and let not the sin of his mother be qblotted out!
15rLet them be before the Lord continually,
that he may scut off the memory of them from the earth!
16For he did not remember to show kindness,
but pursued tthe poor and needy
and uthe brokenhearted, to put them to death.
17vHe loved to curse; let curses come2 upon him!
He did not delight in blessing; may it be far3 from him!
18He wclothed himself with cursing as his coat;
may it xsoak4 into his body like water,
like oil into his bones!
19May it be like a garment that he wraps around him,
like a belt that he puts on every day!
20May this be the reward of my yaccusers from the Lord,
of those who speak evil against my life!
21But you, O God my Lord,
deal on my behalf zfor your name's sake;
because your asteadfast love is good, deliver me!
22For I am bpoor and needy,
and my heart is stricken within me.
23I am gone like ca shadow at evening;
I am dshaken off like a locust.
24My knees are weak ethrough fasting;
my fbody has become gaunt, with no fat.
25I am gan object of scorn to my accusers;
when they see me, they hwag their heads.
26iHelp me, O Lord my God!
Save me according to your steadfast love!
27Let them jknow that this is your hand;
you, O Lord, have done it!
28kLet them curse, but you will bless!
They arise and are put to shame, but lyour servant will be glad!
29May my accusers be mclothed with dishonor;
may they nbe wrapped in their own shame as in a cloak!
30With my mouth I will give great thanks to the Lord;
I will opraise him in the midst of the throng.
31For he stands pat the right hand of the needy one,
to save him from those who condemn his soul to death.