|To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.
|1||Hold not thy peace,
O God of my praise;
||Hold not thy peace|
|2||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.
|3||They compassed me
about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause.
|4||For my love they are
my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer.
|5||And they have
rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.
|6||Set thou a wicked
man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand.
|7||When he shall be
judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin.
||prayer become sin|
|8||Let his days be few;
and let another take his office.
||another take his office A120 69S25|
|9||Let his children be
fatherless, and his wife a widow.
|10||Let his children be
continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also
of their desolate places.
|11||Let the extortioner
catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour.
|12||Let there be none
to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favour his
|13||Let his posterity
be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be
|14||Let the iniquity of
his fathers be remembered with the LORD; and let not the sin of his
be blotted out.
|15||Let them be before
the LORD continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the
|16||Because that he
remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man,
he might even slay the broken in heart.
|17||As he loved
cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so
it be far from him.
|18||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.
|19||Let it be unto him
as the garment which covereth him, and for a girdle wherewith
be the reward of mine adversaries from the LORD, and of
speak evil against my soul.
|21||But do thou for me,
O GOD the Lord, for thy name's sake: because thy mercy is good,
deliver thou me.
|22||For I am
poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.
|23||I am gone like the
shadow when it declineth: I am tossed up and down as the locust.
|24||My knees are weak
through fasting; and my flesh faileth of fatness.
|25||I became also a
reproach unto them: when they looked upon me they shaked their
|26||Help me, O LORD my
God: O save me according to thy mercy:
|27||That they may know
that this is thy hand; that thou, LORD, hast done it.
|28||Let them curse, but
bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant
adversaries be clothed with shame, and let them cover themselves with
their own confusion, as with a mantle.
|30||I will greatly
praise the LORD with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the
|31||For he shall stand
at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that
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