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Prayer against an Enemy
For the choir director. A Davidic psalm.
1God of my praise, do not be silent. #Ps 28:1|NoBook| 83:1
2For wicked and deceitful mouths open against me;
they speak against me with lying tongues. #Ps 10:7|NoBook| 52:4|NoBook| 120:2
3They surround me with hateful words
and attack me without cause. #Ps 35:7|NoBook| 69:4Jn 15:25
4In return for my love they accuse me,
but I continue to pray. # Lit but I, prayer #Ps 69:13
5They repay me evil for good,
and hatred for my love. #Ps 35:12|NoBook| 38:20
6Set a wicked person over him;
let an accuser # Or adversary stand at his right hand. #Zch 3:1
7When he is judged, let him be found guilty,
and let his prayer be counted as sin. #Ps 1:5Pr 28:9
8Let his days be few;
let another take over his position. #Ps 55:23Ac 1:20
9Let his children be fatherless
and his wife a widow. #Ex 22:24
10Let his children wander as beggars,
searching for food far # LXX reads beggars, driven far from their demolished homes. #Jb 30:5-8Ps 59:15
11Let a creditor seize all he has;
let strangers plunder what he has worked for. #Dt 28:43-44Lm 5:2
12Let no one show him kindness,
and let no one be gracious to his fatherless children. #Jb 5:4
13Let the line of his descendants be cut off;
let their name be blotted out in the next generation. #Jb 18:17Ps 9:5Pr 10:7
14Let his ancestors’ guilt
be remembered before the Lord, #Ex 20:5Nm 14:18
and do not let his mother’s sin be blotted out. #Neh 4:5Jr 18:23
15Let their sins # Lit Let them always remain before the Lord,
and let Him erase # Or cut off all memory of them from the earth. #Ps 34:16|NoBook| 90:8Jr 16:17
16For he did not think to show kindness,
but pursued the afflicted, poor, and brokenhearted
in order to put them to death. #Ps 34:18|NoBook| 94:6
17He loved cursing — let it fall on him;
he took no delight in blessing — let it be far from him. #Pr 14:14Ezk 35:6Mt 7:2
18He wore cursing like his coat —
let it enter his body like water
and go into his bones like oil. #Nm 5:22
19Let it be like a robe he wraps around himself,
like a belt he always wears. #Ps 73:26
20Let this be the Lord’s payment to my accusers,
to those who speak evil against me. #Ps 54:5|NoBook| 94:23Is 3:11
21But You, Yahweh my Lord,
deal kindly with me because of Your name; #Ps 79:9|NoBook| 106:8
deliver me because of the goodness of Your faithful love. #Ps 69:16
22For I am afflicted and needy; #Ps 40:17|NoBook| 86:1
my heart is wounded within me. #Ps 143:4
23I fade away like a lengthening shadow; #Ps 102:11
I am shaken off like a locust.
24My knees are weak from fasting,
and my body is emaciated. # Lit denied from fat #Jb 16:8Ps 35:13
25I have become an object of ridicule to my accusers; # Lit to them
when they see me, they shake their heads in scorn. #Ps 22:6-7|NoBook| 69:19
26Help me, Lord my God;
save me according to Your faithful love #Ps 119:86
27so they may know that this is Your hand
and that You, Lord, have done it. #Jb 37:7
28Though they curse, You will bless.
When they rise up, they will be put to shame,
but Your servant will rejoice. #2Sm 16:11-12Is 65:14
29My accusers will be clothed with disgrace;
they will wear their shame like a cloak. #Jb 8:22Ps 35:26|NoBook| 132:18
30I will fervently thank the Lord with my mouth;
I will praise Him in the presence of many. #Ps 22:22|NoBook| 35:18|NoBook| 111:1
31For He stands at the right hand of the needy
to save him from those who would condemn him. #Ps 16:8|NoBook| 110:5|NoBook| 121:5
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