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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Book V
Vengeance Invoked Upon Adversaries
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
[1]  HOLD not thy peace, O God of my praise;
[2]  For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of deceit have they opened against me:
They have spoken unto 1 me with a lying tongue.
[3]  They have 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 2 me evil for good,
And hatred for my love.
[6]  Set thou a wicked man over him;
And let an 3 adversary stand at his right hand.
[7]  When he is judged, let him come forth guilty;
And let his prayer be 4 turned into sin.
[8]  Let his days be few;
And let another take his office.
[9]  Let his children be fatherless,
And his wife a widow.
[10]  Let his children be vagabonds, and beg;
And let them seek their bread out 5 of their desolate places.
[11]  Let the extortioner catch 6 all that he hath;
And let strangers make spoil of his labor.
[12]  Let there be none to extend 7 kindness unto him;
Neither let there be any to have pity on his fatherless children.
[13]  Let his posterity be cut off;
In the generation following let their name be blotted out.
[14]  Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with Jehovah;
And let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.
[15]  Let them be before Jehovah continually,
That he may cut off the memory of them from the earth;
[16]  Because he remembered not to show kindness,
But persecuted the poor and needy man,
And the broken in heart, to slay them.
[17]  Yea, he loved cursing, and it came unto him;
And he delighted not in blessing, and it was far from him.
[18]  He clothed himself also with cursing as with his garment,
And it came into his inward parts like water,
And like oil into his bones.
[19]  Let it be unto him as the raiment wherewith he covereth himself,
And for the girdle wherewith he is girded continually.
[20]  This is the reward of mine adversaries from Jehovah,
And of them that speak evil against my soul.
[21]  But deal thou with me, O Jehovah the Lord, for thy name’s sake:
Because thy lovingkindness 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: 8
I am tossed up and down as the locust.
[24]  My knees are 9 weak through fasting;
And my flesh faileth of fatness.
[25]  I am become also a reproach unto them:
When they see me, they shake their head.
[26]  Help me, O Jehovah my God;
Oh save me according to thy lovingkindness:
[27]  That they may know that this is thy hand;
That thou, Jehovah, hast done it.
[28]  Let them curse, but bless thou:
When they arise, they shall be put to shame,
But thy servant shall rejoice.
[29]  Let 10 mine adversaries be clothed with dishonor,
And let them cover themselves with their own shame as with a robe.
[30]  I will give great thanks unto Jehovah with my mouth;
Yea, I will praise him among the multitude.
[31]  For he will stand at the right hand of the needy,
To save him from them that judge his soul.
Note 1. Or, against. [back]
Note 2. Heb. laid upon me. [back]
Note 3. Or, Satan. [back]
Note 4. Or, become. [back]
Note 5. Or, far from. [back]
Note 6. Heb. snare. [back]
Note 7. Or, continue. [back]
Note 8. Or, is stretched out. [back]
Note 9. Or, totter. [back]
Note 10. Or, Mine adversaries shall be clothed … And they shall cover &c. [back]


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