A Prayer Against an Enemy
For the director of music. A psalm of David.
1God, I praise you.
Do not be silent.
2Wicked people and liars have spoken against me;
they have told lies about me.
3They have said hateful things about me
and attack me for no reason.
4They attacked me, even though I loved them
and prayed for them.
5I was good to them, but they repay me with evil.
I loved them, but they hate me in return.
6They say about me, “Have an evil person work against him,
and let an accuser stand against him.
7When he is judged, let him be found guilty,
and let even his prayers show his guilt.
8Let his life be cut short,
and let another man replace him as leader.
9Let his children become orphans
and his wife a widow.
10Make his children wander around, begging for food.
Let them be forced out of the ruins in which they live.
11Let the people to whom he owes money take everything he owns,
and let strangers steal everything he has worked for.
12Let no one show him love
or have mercy on his orphaned children.
13Let all his descendants die
and be forgotten by those who live after him.
14Lord, remember how wicked his ancestors were,
and don’t let the sins of his mother be wiped out.
15Lord, always remember their sins.
Then make people forget about them completely.
16“He did not remember to be loving.
He hurt the poor, the needy, and those who were sad
until they were nearly dead.
17He loved to put curses on others,
so let those same curses fall on him.
He did not like to bless others,
so do not let good things happen to him.
18He cursed others as often as he wore clothes.
Cursing others filled his body and his life,
like drinking water and using olive oil.
19So let curses cover him like clothes
and wrap around him like a belt.”
20May the Lord do these things to those who accuse me,
to those who speak evil against me.
21But you, Lord God,
be kind to me so others will know you are good.
Because your love is good, save me.
22I am poor and helpless
and very sad.
23I am dying like an evening shadow;
I am shaken off like a locust.
24My knees are weak from fasting,
and I have grown thin.
25My enemies insult me;
they look at me and shake their heads.
26Lord my God, help me;
because you are loving, save me.
27Then they will know that your power has done this;
they will know that you have done it, Lord.
28They may curse me, but you bless me.
They may attack me, but they will be disgraced.
Then I, your servant, will be glad.
29Let those who accuse me be disgraced
and covered with shame like a coat.
30I will thank the Lord very much;
I will praise him in front of many people.
31He defends the helpless
and saves them from those who accuse them.