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To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
1 Do anot keep silent,
O God of my praise!
Have opened against me;
They have spoken against me with a blying tongue.
And fought against me cwithout a cause.
But I give myself to prayer.
5 Thus dthey have rewarded me evil for good,
And hatred for my love.
And flet his prayer become sin.
8 Let his days be gfew,
And hlet another take his office.
9 iLet his children be fatherless,
And his wife a widow.
10 Let his children 2continually be vagabonds, and beg;
Let them 3seek their bread also from their desolate places.
11 jLet the creditor seize all that he has,
And let strangers plunder his labor.
Nor let there be any to favor his fatherless children.
And in the generation following let their lname be blotted out.
14 mLet the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the Lord,
And let not the sin of his mother nbe blotted out.
That He may ocut off the memory of them from the earth;
But persecuted the poor and needy man,
That he might even slay the pbroken in heart.
17 qAs he loved cursing, so let it come to him;
As he did not delight in blessing, so let it be far from him.
So let it renter his body like water,
And like oil into his bones.
And for a belt with which he girds himself continually.
And to those who speak evil against my person.
Deal with me for Your name’s sake;
Because Your mercy is good, deliver me.
And my heart is wounded within me.
23 I am gone slike a shadow when it lengthens;
I am shaken off like a locust.
24 My tknees are weak through fasting,
And my flesh is feeble from lack of fatness.
25 I also have become ua reproach to them;
When they look at me, vthey shake their heads.
Oh, save me according to Your mercy,
27 wThat they may know that this is Your hand—
That You, Lord, have done it!
28 xLet them curse, but You bless;
When they arise, let them be ashamed,
But let yYour servant rejoice.
29 zLet my accusers be clothed with shame,
And let them cover themselves with their own disgrace as with a mantle.
Yes, aI will praise Him among the multitude.
31 For bHe shall stand at the right hand of the poor,
To save him from those 5who condemn him.
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