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Psalm 109 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:1 - For the choir director: A psalm of David.

O God, whom I praise,
don’t stand silent and aloof
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:2 - while the wicked slander me
and tell lies about me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:3 - They surround me with hateful words
and fight against me for no reason.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:4 - I love them, but they try to destroy me with accusations
even as I am praying for them!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:5 - They repay evil for good,
and hatred for my love.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:6 - They say,[fn] “Get an evil person to turn against him.
Send an accuser to bring him to trial.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:7 - When his case comes up for judgment,
let him be pronounced guilty.
Count his prayers as sins.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:8 - Let his years be few;
let someone else take his position.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:9 - May his children become fatherless,
and his wife a widow.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:10 - May his children wander as beggars
and be driven from their ruined homes.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:11 - May creditors seize his entire estate,
and strangers take all he has earned.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:12 - Let no one be kind to him;
let no one pity his fatherless children.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:13 - May all his offspring die.
May his family name be blotted out in a single generation.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:14 - May the LORD never forget the sins of his fathers;
may his mother’s sins never be erased from the record.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:15 - May the LORD always remember these sins,
and may his name disappear from human memory.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:16 - For he refused all kindness to others;
he persecuted the poor and needy,
and he hounded the brokenhearted to death.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:17 - He loved to curse others;
now you curse him.
He never blessed others;
now don’t you bless him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:18 - Cursing is as natural to him as his clothing,
or the water he drinks,
or the rich food he eats.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:19 - Now may his curses return and cling to him like clothing;
may they be tied around him like a belt.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:20 - May those curses become the LORD’s punishment
for my accusers who speak evil of me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:21 - But deal well with me, O Sovereign LORD,
for the sake of your own reputation!
Rescue me
because you are so faithful and good.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:22 - For I am poor and needy,
and my heart is full of pain.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:23 - I am fading like a shadow at dusk;
I am brushed off like a locust.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:24 - My knees are weak from fasting,
and I am skin and bones.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:25 - I am a joke to people everywhere;
when they see me, they shake their heads in scorn.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:26 - Help me, O LORD my God!
Save me because of your unfailing love.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:27 - Let them see that this is your doing,
that you yourself have done it, LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:28 - Then let them curse me if they like,
but you will bless me!
When they attack me, they will be disgraced!
But I, your servant, will go right on rejoicing!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:29 - May my accusers be clothed with disgrace;
may their humiliation cover them like a cloak.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:30 - But I will give repeated thanks to the LORD,
praising him to everyone.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:31 - For he stands beside the needy,
ready to save them from those who condemn them.
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew lacks They say.

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