Psalm 109. Deus, laudem.
From the Book of Divine Worship
- The Psalter or Psalms of David - Traditional - Twenty-second Day - Evening Prayer.
- HOLD not thy tongue, O God of my praise; *
for the mouth of the ungodly, yea, the mouth of the deceitful is opened upon me.
- And they have spoken against me with false tongues; *
they compassed me about also with words of hatred, and fought against me without a cause.
- For the love that I had unto them, lo, they take now my contrary part; *
but I give myself unto prayer.
- Thus have they rewarded me evil for good, *
and hatred for my good will.
- Set thou an ungodly man to be ruler over him, *
and let an adversary stand at his right hand.
- When sentence is given upon him, let him be condemned; *
and let his prayer be turned into sin.
- Let his days be few; *
and let another take his office.
- Let his children be fatherless, *
and his wife a widow.
- Let his children be vagabonds, and beg their bread; *
let them seek it also out of desolate places.
- Let the extortioner consume all that he hath; *
and let the stranger spoil his labour.
- Let there be no man to pity him, *
nor to have compassion upon his fatherless children.
- Let his posterity be destroyed; *
and in the next generation let his name be clean put out.
- Let the wickedness of his fathers be had in remembrance in the sight of the Lord; *
and let not the sin of his mother be done away.
- Let them alway be before the Lord, *
that he may root out the memorial of them from off the earth;
- And that, because his mind was not to do good; *
but persecuted the poor helpless man, that he might slay him that was vexed at the heart.
- His delight was in cursing, and it shall happen unto him; *
he loved not blessing, therefore shall it be far from him.
- He clothed himself with cursing like as with a raiment, *
and it shall come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.
- Let it be unto him as the cloak that he hath upon him, *
and as the girdle that he is alway girded withal.
- Let it thus happen from the Lord unto mine enemies, *
and to those that speak evil against my soul.
- But deal thou with me, O Lord God, according unto thy Name; *
for sweet is thy mercy.
- O deliver me, for I am helpless and poor, *
and my heart is wounded within me.
- I go hence like the shadow that departeth, *
and am driven away as the grasshopper.
- My knees are weak through fasting; *
my flesh is dried up for want of fatness.
- I am become also a reproach unto them: *
they that look upon me shake their heads.
- Help me, O Lord my God; *
O save me according to thy mercy;
- And they shall know how that this is thy hand, *
and that thou, Lord, hast done it.
- Though they curse, yet bless thou; *
and let them be confounded that rise up against me; but let thy servant rejoice.
- Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame; *
and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a cloak.
- As for me, I will give great thanks unto the Lord with my mouth, *
and praise him among the multitude;
- For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, *
to save his soul from unrighteous judges.
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