To the director: A praise song of David.
1God, I praise you!
Hear my prayer and do something!
2Wicked people are telling lies about me.
They are saying things that are not true.
3They are saying hateful things about me.
They are attacking me for no reason.
4I loved them, but they were against me.
So I said a prayer.
5I did good things to them,
but they are doing bad things to me.
I loved them,
but they hated me.
6They said, “Choose someone evil to represent him.
Let the one at his side really be his accuser.
7Let even his prayer be used as evidence against him,
and let the court find him guilty.
8Let his life be cut short,
and let someone else take over his work.
9Let his children become orphans and his wife a widow.
10Make his children wander around as beggars,
forced from homes that lie in ruins.
11Let the people he owes take everything he owns.
Let strangers get everything he worked for.
12Let no one be kind to him.
Let no one show mercy to his children.
13May his family come to an end.
May his name be unknown to future generations.
14May the Lord remember the sins of his father,
and may his mother’s sins never be erased.
15May the Lord remember their sins forever,
and may he cause people to forget his family completely.
16He never did anything good.
He never loved anyone.
He made life hard for the poor and the helpless.
17He loved to curse others,
so let those bad things happen to him.
He never blessed others,
so don’t let good things happen to him.
18Cursing was a daily part of his life,
like the clothes he wears.
Cursing others became a part of him,
like the water he drinks and the oil he puts on his body.
19So let curses cover him like the robe he wears
and always surround him like a belt.”
20My enemies said these evil things against me.
But may those curses be the way the Lord punishes them.
21My Lord GOD, treat me in a way that brings honor to your name.
Save me because of your faithful love.
22I am only a poor, helpless man.
I am so sad; my heart is broken.
23I feel my life is over, fading like a shadow at day’s end.
I feel like a bug that someone brushed away.
24My knees are weak from fasting.
I have lost weight and become thin.
25My enemies insult me.
They look at me and shake their heads.
26Lord my God, help me!
Show your faithful love and save me!
27Then they will know that you did it.
They will know that it was your power, Lord, that helped me.
28They curse me, but you can bless me.
They attacked me, so defeat them.
Then I, your servant, will be happy.
29Humiliate my enemies!
Let them wear their shame like a coat.
30I give thanks to the Lord.
I praise him in front of everyone.
31He stands by the helpless
and saves them from those who try to put them to death.